Germany vs Sweden: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel

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Germany head into their Group F fixture against Sweden knowing that they must avoid a loss if they want to progress to the last 16 round

It means that Group F will be decided in the final round of fixtures. Germany tackle South Korea and will fancy their chances against the Asian side, who have lost both of their games so far, while Sweden face a difficult task up against a confident Mexico team who have shone at the World Cup so far.

A sensational second half of football! Germany were staring down the barrel of an early exit from the World Cup, trailing at half time, but quickly equalised after the break through Marco Reus. A draw never looked like it would be enough though and, right at the death, Kroos superbly kept the defending world champions alive and kicking.

FULL-TIME: GERMANY 2-1 SWEDEN


90+7 mins: A late yellow card for Larsson, who fouls Werner to prevent a late counter.

90+5 mins: WHAT A GOAL! Germany have saved themselves! Durmaz clumsily concedes a free-kick on the edge of the box on the left. Reus tees it up for Kroos, who curls into the far corner of the net. Sensational! A brilliantly worked set-piece and Germany live to fight another day!

90+4 mins: Wasted! Sweden have a break and Guidetti strikes a tame effort at goal, rather than switching to a team-mate in acres of room.

90+2 mins: OFF THE POST! Germany are inches away from a dramatic winner! Brandt sets himself on the edge of the box, smashing a fierce effort at goal that has Olsen beaten but it strikes the frame of the goal.

90+1 mins: Five minutes of added time to be played here, can Sweden hold on?

90 mins: Brandt wins a free-kick on the left but Kroos' delivery is easily dealt with by the Sweden defence. Germany are running out of time. Third and final change for Sweden, as Berg is replaced by Thelin.

88 mins: WHAT A SAVE! Gomez rises high in the area to head towards goal but Olsen tips the attempt over the bar.

87 mins: Low shows his hand by making his final change, introducing Brandt for Hector.

85 mins: The momentum of the game has shifted significantly in the past few minutes and Sweden now look to be on the front foot. Both sides still have one substitute available to them.

83 mins: SAVE! Neuer scrambles across the goal to punch the ball away from Guidetti inside the six-yard box, who would have had a sitter.

82 mins: RED CARD! Germany are down to ten men! Boateng, already on a yellow card, clatters into Berg from behind and is issued his marching orders. 

81 mins: OVER! Huge chance for Werner! The RB Leipzig man had room inside the area but his first-time shot loops over the bar.

Sweden Mikael Lustig Germany Timo Werner World Cup

80 mins: Not long to go and the situation is still very precarious. If it stays like this, Sweden would only need a point in their final game against Mexico to qualify and send Germany home. A late winner for either side here would change the picture entirely.

78 mins: Sweden make their second change, with goalscorer Toivonen replaced by Guidetti.

76 mins: SAVE! Durmaz wins a corner swiftly after his introduction, which Augustinsson curls into the middle. Germany head it away but only as far as Forsberg, who tests Neuer with a driven effort from outside the box.

74 mins: Sweden make their first change, introducing Durmaz for Claesson.

72 mins: SAVE! Werner finds space down the left once again and his low cross into the area is deflected back towards the goal by a Sweden defender, requiring Olsen to make another crucial save.

71 mins: Boateng picks up a yellow card for a reckless challenge in the middle of the park.

70 mins: Sweden look like they would benefit from the introduction of fresh legs and they still have all three substitutes available to them. Germany have just one change remaining.

68 mins: OFFSIDE! Boateng lifts a ball over the top of the Sweden defence to Gomez inside the six-yard box but he puts the ball over the bar. The offside flag was raised anyway, although replays show it was very close.

66 mins: Kroos' shot is deflected over the bar for a corner, which the Real Madrid man curls into the middle. Lindelof rises high to get it away but Sweden cannot build an attack from the back.

64 mins: Reus is lively and is popping up in a number of different positions in the final third, although he has been guilty of trying to be too cute in certain occasions.

62 mins: Sweden have done well to weather the storm since Germany's equaliser but the defending champions are growing in confidence. There is surely only so long they can hold out for.

Marco Reus Germany World Cup

60 mins: Sweden just starting to build some attacks but the final ball has been lacking. Germany's equaliser seems to have knocked the stuffing out of them.

58 mins: All Germany in the second half and they continue to look dangerous. A draw would still leave them in a precarious position, so Low's side really need a win.

56 mins: SAVE! Germany continue on the front foot, as Hector picks up the ball in the area but does not connect with his shot properly and it is an easy save for Olsen.

54 mins: Robin Olsen has conceded his first goal for Sweden in 548 minutes.

52 mins: Germany are a completely different side in the minutes since the restart, causing Sweden plenty of problems with quick passing moves. Ekdal picks up the game's first yellow card for a crunching tackle on Muller.

50 mins: WIDE! Free-kick on the right conceded by Lindelof gives Kroos the opportunity to cross into the middle and Muller heads towards goal at the near post but it is just wide.

48 mins: GOOOOAL! Germany equalise! Werner, on the left, drives into space and cuts the ball into the middle. Reus gets in front of Augustinsson and diverts home. Gomez appeared to get a slight touch to Werner's cross as it came into the area, directing it into the path of Reus. Germany have come out of the blocks flying.

46 mins: The second half is underway, can Germany get back in this game to prevent an early tournament exit? Change for Germany at the break, as Gomez takes the place of Draxler.


Germany have a huge task ahead of them and it is likely the rest of the world will be rooting for Sweden, who have not beaten Germany in 40 years. Sweden will certainly have to cope with an onslaught of attacks but will know that, if it stays like this, they will seal their place in the last 16.

Ola Toivonen Sweden World Cup

A fantastic first half of football and Sweden have left a massive dent in the armour of the defending champions. Germany have been poor once again and have been made to pay for it. Toivonen's superbly taken goal has left Low's side on the edge of a premature exit from the World Cup.

HALF-TIME: GERMANY 0-1 SWEDEN


45+2 mins: SAVE! A superb free-kick from Larsson is met by Berg's head and Neuer is required to make a crucial stop.

45 mins: WIDE! Boateng tries his luck from distance, looking to find the bottom right-hand corner, but it bobbles just wide of the goal.

43 mins: Germany still seeing a lot of the ball but are not doing too much with it. Sweden are organised in defence and more than happy to frustrate their opponents.

41 mins: Sweden continue to look dangerous when they push forward, with Germany missing tackles and interceptions in midfield. The defending champions have a huge 15 minutes ahead of them at the break.

39 mins: DOUBLE SAVE! Huge moment for Sweden! Gundogan fires a shot from distance which takes a wicked deflection but Olsen reacts superbly and is quick to his feet to deny Muller on the rebound.

38 mins: ​Toivonen's goal for Sweden was their first from open play at a World Cup since Freddie Ljungberg's against Paraguay in 2006.

Berg Rudiger Sweden Germany World Cup 2018

36 mins: There is still plenty of time for Germany to turn things around but the concern is that they have not created enough in attack to put Sweden's defence under serious pressure.

34 mins: Germany are understandably rocked. They need to remain composed until the break, where Low will have some choice words to share.

32 mins: GOOOOOOAL! Sweden take the lead! Germany sloppily give the ball away, Claesson lifts a ball over the top to Toivonen who takes one touch with his chest before clipping the ball over the top of Neuer.

31 mins: Rudy is visibly furious on the touchline and does look a bit groggy, which leads to the introduction of Gundogan.

29 mins: Sweden, still with a man advantage as Rudy remains on the sideline, win a corner. Forsberg curls into the middle but Werner is there to head away.

27 mins: Sweden starting to play with a bit more attacking flair, utilising Forsberg in midfield, and it is the first we've seen of Germany forced into a defensive shape.

25 mins: Quick break in play as Rudy is down requiring treatment, with a very visible cut on his face.

23 mins: For all of Germany's dominance, the only real chance we have seen them create is the early opportunity for Draxler.

21 mins: Sweden are more than happy to soak up the pressure defensively and then hit on the counter. With the space they have found on the break so far, it seems like it is a plan that could be effective.

19 mins: Germany's front four are incredibly dynamic, moving around all over the place, but the downside is they can often lack players in the middle. Werner continues to appear in wide areas, where he is far less dangerous.

17 mins: Sweden have faced the reigning World Cup champion at the World Cup twice before and won both times – in 1950 against Italy and 1958 against Germany.

Berg Germany Sweden World Cup 2018

16 mins: Germany are certainly not looking strong in defence and I would be surprised to see them keep a clean sheet playing like this. Sweden will be encouraged by the two breaks they have had so far but they will need to take their chances.

14 mins:  Sweden are understandably furious. Boateng clearly shoves Berg from behind, sending him tumbling to the ground, but referee Szymon Marciniak is not interested and VAR does not intervene. 

12 mins:  CHANCE! Sweden break again and Berg has the goal at his mercy. He's sandwiched between Rudiger and Neuer, leaving Jan Andersson's side furious. Germany's defensive line still looks vulnerable.

11 mins:  Germany have started with plenty of intent, clearly looking to make an impression. Sweden have completed just six passes so far.

9 mins:  WIDE! Reus makes a superb run down the right and cuts the ball back into the middle towards Werner but Lindelof gets there first to put the ball behind. The resulting corner is played short and Germany fail to work their way through a packed Sweden defence.

7 mins:  CLOSE! Draxler is looking lively early on and he's dragged a very teasing ball across the face of goal but nobody can get a decisive touch.

6 mins:  First break for Sweden, as Forsberg superbly turns into room but then gets crowded by the German players tracking back. He appealed for a free-kick but the referee is not interested.

5 mins:  All Germany in the opening five minutes, with Sweden stuck behind the ball early on. It's exactly the sort of start Low would have wanted from his side.

3 mins:  CHANCE! Almost the perfect start for Germany! Werner heads the ball into the middle to Draxler, who smashes a show at goal but sees his effort from close range crucially blocked by Larsson.

1 min: We're underway!


5 MINS TILL KO: The teams are out here and the anthems are underway. Kick-off is just moments away!

15 mins till KO:  The last two meetings between Germany and Sweden have produced a total of 16 goals; a 4-4 draw in Germany in 2012, along with a 5-3 victory for Low's side in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

20 mins till KO:  Joachim Low takes no prisoners with his Germany side this evening, making four changes to the side that lost to Mexico. Hummels, Khedira, Ozil and Plattenhardt all drop to the bench, which hands starts to Rudiger, Rudy, Reus and Hector.

Sweden make just one change to the side that defeated South Korea, as Lindelof returns to the side after missing that match through illness. Jansson is the player to drop out and the striking duo selected will hope to enjoy the same space that Germany awarded Mexico last time out.

25 mins till KO: A quick reminder of the team news for both teams tonight.

Germany XI: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Antonio Rudiger, Jerome Boateng, Jonas Hector; Sebastian Rudy, Toni Kroos; Marco Reus, Thomas Muller, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner.

Germany subs: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Julian Brandt, Marvin Plattenhardt, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Mario Gomez, Mesut Ozil, Niklas Sule, Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka.

Sweden XI: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Ola Toivonen, Marcus Berg.

Sweden subs: Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Isaac Thelin, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Pontus Jansson, Oscar Hiljemark, John Guidetti, Gustav Svensson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Martin Olsson.

30 mins till KO:  After a narrow victory over South Korea in their first match, Sweden know another win this evening will seal their place in the knockout stages. However, they'll need to be wary of an inevitable response from Germany who are looking to prove they're still contenders and the fact Sweden have not beat Germany for 40 years will weigh on the mind.

35 mins till KO:  Germany are under intense pressure following their opening defeat to Mexico and the defending champions could bow out of the competition if they lose to Sweden this evening. Fans will hope that the shock of that loss will spark Joachim Low's side back into gear but history is not on their side - the last two defending champions have fallen at the group stages of the World Cup.

45 mins till KO: Hello and welcome to Goal's live blog of the Group F clash between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 Russia World Cup. 


Confirmed Team News


Confirmed Germany XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Rudiger, Boateng, Hector; Kroos, Rudy; Reus, Draxler, Muller; Werner

Germany subs:  Brandt, Plattenhardt, Ginter, Hummels, ter Stegen, Gomez, Ozil, Sule, Trapp, Khedira, Gundogan, Goretzka

Confirmed Sweden XI:  Olsen; Lustig, Granqvist, Lindelof, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen

Sweden subs:  Johnsson, Thelin, Rohden, Nordfeldt, Durmaz, Jansson, Hiljemark, Guidetti, Svensson, Helander, Krafth, Olsson


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