Don’t miss: Germany – Sweden

Saturday, 23 June at 20 hours.

Marco Reus © Belga Image

Why? Because the reigning world champion of something good to make up after the surprising defeat against Mexico on the openingsspeeldag. The criticism in his own country was not severe: too slow, too volgevreten it was called. Very un-German. Against the tough Swedes, since the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic an even stronger and harder to disrupt block, will be just that crucial to a result to put down: the pace and the balcirculatie should be high.

It may be expected that the Swedes as in their first match against South Korea in the first place organization will think, or perhaps even as the Icelanders against Argentina, with eleven for the own goal, but it will be interesting to see what answers Joachim Löw and his players afterwards.

Might get Marco Reus, against Mexico still surprisingly on the bank started, a key role. Or so would have: the attacker from Borussia Dortmund after two missed tournaments (the world cup and european CHAMPIONSHIPS, he saw to his nose, to pass by an injury) are extremely motivated to show himself and etaleerde in the preparation of his good form. In addition, Giant – in the absence of the non-selected Leroy Sane – one of the few who from the flank to the threat.

For the Belgians, this game also interesting to follow, because if the Germans did not further reach than a draw, it is quite possible that our Red Devils from them, yet not on the menu, get in a possible quarter-final. Even more: if the Swedes win – one standaardfase may be sufficient, as proved this world cup already, and as proven with Sweden already in their openingsmatch against South Korea, where one penalty in the victory lap – is Germany out of it.

Player to look out for? Sami khedira cope and Mesut Özil. Both posts were clearly under assault after the first match against Mexico. Too little pace, too little kampfgeist.

The appearance of a dead frog, proposed the ex-international Mario Bäsler about Özil. No one disputes that the creative midfielder on a golden half, but when it comes down, or the opponent briefly, excels Özil all to often in the absence. Even at Arsenal he is therefore not at the top of the slide of the new coach Unai Emery. Actually he plays in this world cup for a transfer. Time for you to show you, Mesut!

Along the Swedish side is look for how Emil Forsberg, the creative force of the team, presents itself to his colleagues from the Bundesliga. Over the past two seasons showed Forsberg is a assistkoning at RB Leipzig, which he this summer is called at a number of top clubs.

History? A closed competition is expected for this world cup confrontation, but that would be equally good all the way otherwise it can play out. The two most recent confrontations between the two countries were a real doelpuntenfestijn. In the qualifiers for the 2014 world cup, they were in the same group, the results therein: 4-4 in Berlin and 3-5 in Stockholm.

Germany is already eleven matches undefeated against the Swedes. The last time the Scandinavians were able to win of die Mannschaft in an official match dates back to the semi-finals at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS 1958, when it was 3-1. On the other hand, it is again surprising that despite the beautiful range of the Germans in recent history, the totaalbalans almost in balance. Of the 36 mutual duels won Sweden there are thirteen, and Germany is fifteen.

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