Germany: Joachim Low insists Sweden match is must-win after loss


Photo: Mexico goal scorer Hirving Lozano (left) celebrates with teammate Jesus Gallardo after his victor against Germany in Russian Federation 2018 World Cup action on 17 June.

Lozano's first half strike was the difference as Germany were stunned 1-0 by Mexico.

FC's Stewart Robson believes Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico hatched a flawless, counterattacking game plan against an aging Germany side. Three of the past four have failed to make it out of the group stage.

The 2018 World Cup is not yet a week old but has already provided a handful of surprise results - mostly involving the tournament's top teams.

SIMMSA, the "seismic monitoring network" from the Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Research, is reporting that tremors were detected in Mexico City during the country's World Cup match against Germany on Sunday. In the first half, to a large extent, the players were coming back trying to recover the ball instead of playing deep, if we are not more incisive we will lose the ball. Bastian Schweinsteiger's retirement had left a gaping hole in the middle, one that was always going to be hard for one man to fill.

World Cup holders Germany looked a shadow of their usual selves as they were humbled 1-0 in Moscow - and it could have been much heavier. In Brazil, Low had options in midfield, including Lahm, who had been converted into a central midfielder by Pep at Bayern. Khedira, a box-to-box player who can't really get around the pitch quickly enough anymore, is a liability as Kroos' sole colleague in the engine room. With Niklas Sule and Antonio Rudiger waiting in the wings, Low is unlikely to remain patient much longer. If Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela had been sharper, Mexico could have won by several goals.

The most startling aspect of Germany's play here was their lack of discipline at the back.

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Jerome Boateng's build-up to the finals was also hampered by a groin injury, and the Bayern Munich center-back found himself exposed often as Mexico's speed was a constant threat on the counter-attack. That's why the first half looked the way it did. In the second we knew well that Germany have an outstanding team. "It's not a situation we're used to at all".

"We are now under pressure", Kroos said. The more cultured Ilkay Gündogan, and perhaps the combative Leon Goretzka too, will have to come in and fill the vast empty space in the centre against Sweden.

"He's better than what they've got".

However, when they faced off with Mexico, things didn't go as planned for them.

Mexico's football federation (FMF) has in the past appealed to fans to refrain from using the chant, and the effort was largely successful at last year's Confederations Cup in Russia.

The Europeans were also very lethargic in attack, devoid of ideas and execution. Germany simply had no answer to Mexico's pace on the counter and their defence was run ragged the whole night. We were not able to impose our usual way of playing attacking and our passing.