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2018 World Cup RUSSIA: Germany vs. Mexico preview
The first match of Group F offers up one of World Cup’s glamour ties at Germany take on Mexico in Moscow today.World champions Germany need to make a statement of intent as they begin the defence of their trophy off the back of a bad year of results, and Mexico may well feel that Die Nationalmannschaft are there for the taking in a tough group.The Bayern Munich shot-stopper broke his foot twice in the 2017/18 campaign and was restricted to just three Bundesliga appearances – each of them clean sheets – as the record champions sealed their 28th German top-flight title. Having played a combined 135 minutes in Die Mannschaft’s recent friendlies with Austria and Saudi Arabia, the 32-year-old will lead his team out against Mexico with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen acting as first understudy. Leroy Sane was perhaps the most surprising omission when coach Joachim Löw announced his final 23-man squad for the tournament, but with Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus – like Neuer – back to his best, the Manchester City winger’s absence could well prove to be negligible.
If Germany were impressive in winning all 10 of their games in UEFA qualifying section, Mexico were not far behind. El Tri only lost one of their 12 games in the CONCACAF zone – their final one, against Honduras, when qualification was already assured. In Fabian and Carlos Salcedo, Mexico boast two players who lifted the DFB Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt, at Bayern’s expense, in May. The pair are expected to start, with former Bayer Leverkusen favourite Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez leading the line.Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
transfer your personal data to the United States or other countries, and process your personal data to serve you with personalized adsReigning World Cup champions Germany are among the favorites to win the trophy in Russia 2018.Germany will be in Group F along with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.”Die Mannschaft” qualified for Russia 2018 after winning all their 10 matches in the European Qualifiers Group C. The team scored 43 times, while conceding only four goals.Despite not playing for a whole season because of a foot injury, Manuel Neuer was cleared to participate in the World Cup in the beginning of the month.
Bayern Munich goalie will be accompanied by six other teammates of his, including Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels in defense and Thomas Muller at forward.Manager Joachim Low also included Turkish-origin players Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City.Germany is one of the most successful nations in World Cup history, winning the coveted title four times before in 1954, 1974, 1990 and in 2014.Since 1982, they have at least advanced to quarterfinals in every World CupNext up in our 2018 FIFA World Cup preview is Group F, in which Germany’s final 23-man squad made the headlines after several big stars were snubbed. >>
Click through the gallery above to see the biggest stars who were snubbed for Germany’s Russia 2018 squad.Group F kicks off on Sunday, with defending champions Germany against Mexico at 17:00 before Sweden face South Korea at 15:00 on Monday.Die Mannschaft were unbeaten in 22 games between 2016 and 2018 before experiencing back-to-back defeats against Brazil and Austria. A 2-1 win in their final friendly against Saudi Arabia ended a run of five games without a win leading up to the tournament >>
Mexico, who finished first in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group, will be a tricky opponent, even though they have won only one of of their last four games ahead of the World Cup. South Korea’s preparation was even worse, as the Asian side lost four out of their last six games, while Sweden won only one of their last seven games.
Joachim Low made the headlines when announcing his Germany squad, leaving out Premier League Young Player of the Season Leroy Sane.South Korea will enjoy their tenth spell in World Cup 2018 with games against Sweden, Germany and Mexico in Group F.
Nicknamed ‘Taeguk Warriors’, the team managed to book their ticket to Russia after finishing their Asian qualifying group at the second place behind Iran.South Korea accumulated a total of 15 points in 10 matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding 10.
The team will look to benefit from their stars Ki Sung-yeung of Swansea City, Son Heung-min of Tottenham, and Hwang Hee-chan of Hamburg. >>
South Korea’s best record in their World Cup history was the fourth place, when they hosted the tournament in 2002 with Japan. They managed to beat Italy in the Round of 16 and Spain in quarterfinals to play in their first semifinals. Defeated by Germany in semifinals, South Korea were also beaten by Turkey in the third place match.
Group F play gets underway at the 2018 World Cup when Germany and Mexico face off in Moscow on Sunday. It’s a huge clash and one of the more highly-anticipated games of the group stage, as the reigning champs open up against the upset-minded North Americans.
Looked at as the best teams of the group, if either loses they’ll be in a tough spot and could potentially be headed for an early exit. Germany is the favorite in this one, but Mexico has the players to compete.
Germany enters the game healthy but questions remain around goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. He missed most of the season with Bayern Munich due to injury and hasn’t played a whole lot. How sharp will he be?
Mexico lost Diego Reyes for the tournament after he failed to recover from his hamstring injury in March, and now Juan Carlos Osorio will be tasked with finding the central defensive duo that can give Germany problems. >>
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