Germany celebrations 'scornful', says angry Sweden coach

Arnold Nichols
June 28, 2018

Reports of discord within the camp emerged after the reigning champions lost their opening Group F match against Mexico, and they appeared to be heading for the brink of elimination when drawing against Sweden.

Sweden were very close to beating Germany and were denied at point by Toni Kroos in the last minute of the game. So for example if Germany draw 1-1, Sweden would advance with a 2-2 draw but would be out with a 1-1 or 0-0 draw.

German defender Mats Hummels will be fit to play in the team's final Group F match, but it remains to be seen if midfielder Sebastian Rudy can take the pitch, assistant coach Marcus Sorg said on Monday.

Germany were in real danger of a group-stage exit from the tournament, with a draw only likely to give them a temporary reprieve, until Kroos curled in a 95th-minute free-kick to take the points last night.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson ramped up his verbal attack on Germany on Tuesday, calling the behaviour of some of their staff in celebrating their last-gasp victor "scornful".

Andersson said: "It was scornful, they were taunting us, it had nothing to do with football".

Brandt, who struck the post ahead of Kroos' victor, insists the result has brought the team closer by proving what they can do when they band together.

Well, well, well. The biggest shock of the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation has seen the defending champions Germany crash out at the group stages.

"But then I got off the plane and our chances had gone up to one per cent".

But football has a odd way of making a mockery of the most well-grounded predictions and they went home after losing to a South Korea side that had already lost to Sweden and Mexico.

Andersson admitted that his men, who face a do-or-die clash with Mexico on Wednesday, had suffered "turbulent" times following the dramatic 2-1 defeat to the world champions.

England go into their final group game against Belgium safe in the knowledge that they have qualified for the next round, regardless of the result.

- greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

"I believe that because of all we did in the qualifiers and friendlies there is a huge expectation that we win our games", Fagner told reporters at Brazil's training camp.

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