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October 16, 2013 12:15 AM IST
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Sweden-Germany Preview: Schweinsteiger set to win 100th cap

Joachim Low's side threw away a four-goal lead against their hosts in their last meeting and will look to make amends on Tuesday

Peter Hanson


Germany will look to gain revenge over Sweden when the two sides go head-to-head in Group C of World Cup qualification.

The only blip of Joachim Low's side's qualifying campaign came in a 4-4 draw with Erik Hamren's men in October 2012, after they surrendered a four-goal lead in Berlin.

Germany have won their other eight fixtures and comfortably qualified for next year's showpiece event in Brazil, with progression officially confirmed by a straightforward 3-0 triumph over Republic of Ireland on Friday.

Goals from Sami Khedira, Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil did the damage in Cologne, with the latter of that trio influential for Germany, notching seven goals in nine games, while Marco Reus has also aided the cause by netting five times.

Despite already confirming their World Cup place, Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger insists Germany will not lose focus ahead of the tournament.

"All our games from now on are about preparing for the World Cup," he said. "We need to improve, develop and build confidence as a team."

Meanwhile, Germany stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to win his 100th cap for his country a total of nine years after making his bow.

With 20 points, Sweden have ensured they will finish second and now must wait to see if they have done enough to secure one of the eight best runners-up spots in order to contest the play-offs.

Victory in Solna on Tuesday will boost their chances, but it is an unenviable task, with Germany undefeated in World Cup qualifiers since their 5-1 humbling at home to England in September 2001.

However, Sweden have won their last five fixtures and will be buoyed by their 2-1 success over Austria on Friday.

Sweden fell behind to Martin Harnik's first-half strike, but goals from Martin Olsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured they claimed maximum points.

Ibrahimovic has unsurprisingly been Sweden's most potent attacking player throughout qualifying, contributing six goals in nine games.

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