Mesut Ozil has been dropped for Germany’s must-win World Cup clash against Sweden in Sochi on Saturday. The much-criticised Arsenal playmaker drops out as coach Joachim Loew makes four changes to the side that lost 1-0 against Mexico in the opening game of their trophy defense last weekend.
Mats Hummels is absent due to injury, while Sami Khedira and Marvin Plattenhardt are dropped as well. Marco Reus, Jonas Hector and Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy come into the team, as Chelsea’s Antonio Ruediger replaces Hummels in central defense. Mexico’s 2-1 win over South Korea earlier on Saturday in the same Group F means the World Cup holders will be eliminated if they lose to the Swedes on Russia’s Black Sea coast.
A draw will leave them on the brink of being knocked out, while Sweden knows a win would clinch their place in the last 16. Sweden coach Janne Andersson welcomes back Manchester United center-back Victor Lindelof after he missed the 1-0 victory over the Koreans due to illness.
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Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer (capt); Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Antonio Ruediger, Jonas Hector; Sebastian Rudy, Toni Kroos; Thomas Mueller, Marco Reus, 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.
Coach: Joachim Loew (GER)
Sweden (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist (capt), Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen.
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.
Coach: Janne Andersson (SWE)