Germany dominated World Cup 2018 Group F predictions before the tournament but drifted out to second favourites to top the table following a 1-0 defeat to Mexico.
We’ve already posted our World Cup 2018 Group F betting tips for the next round of games and predict the pressure will pile up on Die Mannschaft.
Standings Group F
Germany coach Joachim Low insists he is not about to rip up his team’s blueprint for success, despite drawing a blank versus Mexico.
“Throw out the game plan? We certainly do not do that,” he said in an interview on the German federation’s official website. “If we do the things we do well, then we can achieve a lot.
“We will not fall to pieces. We will make it (out of the group). We have every opportunity to correct things, but we have to make things right.”
Mexico, meanwhile, are determined to prove this result was not a flash in the pan.
Having caused a minor ‘artificial earthquake’ by wild celebrations in Mexico City when Hirving Lozano scored, it appears now very much a case of keeping everyone grounded ahead of a crucial second group match.
“It was a historic triumph, but in the end we don’t want it to be just that,” defender Miguel Layun said.
“We took a big step, and hopefully it will serve us to know that we can now face all of our other rivals as equals.”
|Germany vs Mexico||0 - 1||Luzhniki Stadium|
|Sweden vs South Korea||1 - 0||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium|
|South Korea vs Mexico||Rostov Arena|
|Germany vs Sweden||Fisht Stadium|
|Mexico vs Sweden||Ekaterinburg Arena|
|South Korea vs Germany||Kazan Arena|
Sweden coach Janne Andersson admitted Germany’s shock loss and their win over South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod has opened things up in this pool.
Captain Andreas Granqvist netted the vital penalty which settled that match, but the Scandinavians were more dominant than the scoreline suggests.
Andersson said: “Germany’s defeat did possibly make it more important to win.
“I was just focused on this game and wanted to win it but, looking ahead, the opportunities for us now are so much greater after winning.”
Granqvist added: “I think we showed an excellent attitude out on the pitch. We are a team with fight.
“We run on behalf of each other. I am incredibly proud of all the lads and now we focus on the next match against Germany.”
Korea’s gameplan had focused on negating Sweden’s physicality and coach Shin Tae-yong conceded they may have become too preoccupied with that issue.
He said: “Among the 32 teams at this World Cup, I think Sweden are one of the tallest. They are going to be very threatening because of their height.
“They are able to take advantage of this and their physical condition. We were worried about the height of the players and I think we became a little bit too subdued.”