Sweden's Janne Andersson: Only 'emotionally dead' could have resisted Germany provocation

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After missing out on Brazil four years ago when Mario Goetze's extra-time victor against Argentina handed Germany their fourth World Cup title, Reus arguably has more reason than most to make sure Die Mannschaft avoid an early departure.

Basler said: "I have to say it over and over again, Ozil is an overrated footballer". "There was taunting and unsportmanslike conduct, it is not permissible".

Rather than be mentally tired by the turnaround against Sweden, Brandt hopes Germany can use it to their advantage when they take on South Korea in Kazan on Thursday (AEST).

Even Sweden looked like tying down the European side to a draw until Toni Kroos scored an injury-time stunner.

Durmaz, who was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who had emigrated from Turkey, made a statement condemning the racism acts against him on Sunday and the entire squad shouted "F-- racism!" at the end.

Sweden's players have put a turbulent 36 hours behind them and are ready to take on Mexico in a game they must win to advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup. He has had time to reflect on being dropped and the wake-up call should provide sufficient motivation to come back stronger and show his undoubted ability, beginning against Korea in Kazan.

The Sweden coach stated that the set pieces could play a crucial factor in the game, with the Swedish team having a height advantage, but said he respects Mexico and congratulated El Tri on its two wins so far.

After losing in the closing minutes to Germany and seeing their winger Jimmy Durmaz subjected to a storm of racial hatred on social media, the players and staff presented a united front as they packed their bags before heading to Ekaterinburg to meet Mexico. They played two games and have two wins and well done. "We have great respect for them and we've followed them. Tomorrow is a new game".

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