Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz subjected to racist abuse after Germany defeat

Shah Rukh Khan’s blood pressure ‘tested’ after Germany win late in World Cup 2018

The spectre of the champions' curse has been hanging over the Germans, who were in serious danger on Saturday of following France (2002), Italy (2010) and Spain four years ago in becoming the fourth holders this century to be humbled in the group stage.

Kroos's stunning free-kick five minutes into added time in Sochi sealed a 2-1 win to keep alive Germany's flagging hopes following defeat to Mexico in their opening Group F match. Even South Korea after two losses could still advance with a win over Germany and help from Mexico.

Sweden had taken a first-half lead against Germany courtesy of Ola Toivonen's neat finish.

For now, at least, there is renewed optimism after a turbulent week.

"After conceding a goal we kept a level head, we said that we needed to make quick passes, cover ground to tire out Sweden and then open up spaces, which we were able to do". We had just let in a goal and lost the game, so it was pretty sour.

Joachim Löw was made to sweat, however, when Jerome Boateng was sent off in the final 10 minutes and it looked like Germany would be forced to settle for one point from their opening two games.

Spain Look For First Goal
Iran has banned women in the country from attending male-only sports events since 1979 following the Iranian revolution. The highlight was a phenomenal scoop pass to Andres Iniesta in the first half.

Harry Kane: 'It's all coming together for England' after Panama rout
England will now play Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with the victor of that match advancing from the group in first place. England recorded one of their finest victories in World Cup history as they thumped Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod.

Poland set to make changes for Colombia encounter
Liverpool's Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane broke the deadlock in the 11th minute after some poor goalkeeping from Eiji Kawashima. Japan and Senegal are top of Group H on three points each, with Poland and Colombia to meet in search of their first points.

Khedira was also benched following a forgettable performance against Mexico for the world champions, with Marco Reus and Sebastian Rudy named in the starting XI.

He tapped the ball into Reus, who was waiting just inside the area and cushioned it for Kroos to arc it perfectly into the far corner of Robin Olsen's net.

"We know we have a lot of fans, but we won't get any more help other than that".

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said the squad "stand 100 percent" behind Durmaz.

Germany are defending a proud record of always reaching at least the last eight at the World Cup since winning the trophy in 1954.

"Right now I don't think this is the time to start ruminating about that".

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