Germany to make more changes against South Korea

Jun 27, 2018, 08:31
Germany to make more changes against South Korea

Yet the Germans sit with three points after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Sweden and a chance to avoid what befell Italy and Spain, the previous two defending champions who failed to advance from the group stage.

Germany has had time to accept and learn from its shock defeat in its World Cup opener.

But Marco Reus drew the world champions level early in the second half and a last-gasp victor from the boot of Toni Kroos brought the Germans the win they desperately needed in the most dramatic fashion.

"This is probably the heaviest conclusion to a match I've had in my career, but the whole group is still alive so we'll have to lick our wounds and come back for the next match", said Sweden coach Janne Andersson.

Players said they had some blunt and honest conversations after the loss. Loew made four changes to the lineup against Sweden, including benching Mesut Ozil for the first time in his senior team career in a major worldwide tournament.

The other match of the Group F will be between South Korea and Mexico, with South Koreans also in a must-win situation. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for nearly the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off.

"It was the right decision to pick him and drop Mesut Ozil".

Germany were rattled but they nearly equalised when Ilkay Gundogan's deflected shot was kept out by Robin Olsen. While a late goal from South Korea made the score close, the game, in reality, wasn't. What's already been a shaky defense will be without Jerome Boateng, who picked up a red card. Boateng's absence is especially bitter for the Germans with fellow central defender Mats Hummels having missed the Sweden game with a neck injury. Following their 3-o win over Panama, Roberto Martinez is not expected to make changes in his lineup, and will deploy the same attacking approach as in the first match while utilizing Yannick Carrasco as a wing back.

"I told them to keep their calm in the next 45 minutes and to not start panicking and try to work long, high balls but to continue with short passes and go vertical to the wings and try to be incisive", Germany coach Joachim Loew told reporters.

"We did not take our chances".

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