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World Cup Qualifying Preview: Sweden - Germany

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

Peter Hanson

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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 Oct. 2012, after the team surrendered a four-goal lead in Berlin.

Germany has won its 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 a 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."

With 20 points, Sweden has ensured it will finish second and now must wait to see if the team has done enough to secure one of the eight best runner-up spots in order to contest the playoffs.

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

However, Sweden has won its last five fixtures and will be buoyed by a 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 the team 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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