Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Germany set to be without Hummels against Sweden

Germany set to be without Hummels against Sweden

Ola Toivonen's deft first-half lob had left Joachim Low's side facing elimination but Marco Reus, starting in place of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, prodded in an equaliser as Germany assumed control after the interval.

However, Khedira refused to let the punchline cross the line, replying "I think we'll need them on the 16th July (the day after the World Cup final)", before walking off. We kept a level head, we said we needed to keep passing and tire the Swedes out and open up spaces.

"We never lost hope. The goal in stoppage time, there was bit of luck involved but it was also about believing in ourselves and powering on".

"Of course, the first goal (by Sweden) was my fault".

Javier Hernandez scored his 50th global goal to help Mexico take a big step towards the last 16 of the World Cup with an impressive win over South Korea, despite Son Heung-min's stunning late strike.

When the referee blew the final whistle, Toni Kroos fell to his knees and began to punch the ground, knowing that Germany won't be sent packing from the World Cup in Russian Federation without putting up a fight. There were many people on our bench who were very annoyed.

Low said he knew Germany would find it hard to break down the Swedish defence but told his players at half-time to keep playing their usual brand of precision football. "I didn't see any aggressive gestures", he said. "I didn't witness that because after the final whistle we fell into each others' arms and hugged".

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