Germany vs Sweden
When the team sheets came on on Saturday night for the World Cup match between Germany and Sweden, there were some surprises in the Germany XI.
Germany, of course, are the reigning world champions.
However Die Mannschaft lost their opening World Cup match in Russia against Mexico. Germany were beaten 1-0.
As for Sweden, they kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over South Korea.
The equation was simple for Germany: lose, and their World Cup dream would be over.
No Mesut Ozil, no Sami Khedira
The two surprises in the Germany XI were the omissions of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Juventus’ Sami Khedira.
Both Ozil and Khedira started the match against Mexico.
Ozil has also started the last 26 consecutive matches for the Germans. He’s been one of the most reliable players for Jogi Low in his tenure.
And Khedira’s absence was also questionable. One of the big issues for this German side is their issues with enforcers in the team. And now Khedira is out?
The German XI was as follows: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Rudiger, Hector, Rudy, Kroos, Muller, Reus, Draxler, Werner.
Why were Ozil and Khedira dropped?
So why did Ozil and Khedira get the chop?
The issue was widely discussed on social media.
Dear Germany, I was only supporting you because of Mesut Ozil but now that you have decided to drop him I guess it's time to say adios. Come on Sweden.
— Danny WelBeast (@WelBeast) June 23, 2018
I don't think Joachim Loew has dropped Mesut Ozil. Think it has stemmed from the German FA.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) June 23, 2018
WC Match 29 – #GER x #SWE
Khedira and Ozil are replaced by Rudy and Reus, respectively. Rudiger (Hummels ill) and Hector come into the backline.
Lindelof is fit again and is the only change from Sweden's win v Korea. pic.twitter.com/AylpScm9sj
— Tiago Estêvão (@TiagoEstv) June 23, 2018
Mesut Ozil played every game in a major tournament for #GER since 2010
Tonight Joachim Löw takes a big decision, but @honigstein is not surprised 👇
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) June 23, 2018
Hummels (injury) Ozil and Khedira (dropped) to miss Germany vs Sweden, report Bild. Big but necessary moves from Low while the Swedes know a point could be enough for them
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) June 23, 2018
All but confirmed that #Ozil & #Khedira have been dropped today. Khedira I agree with but Ozil (on basis of Mexico match) doesn't deserve it. Muller & others can do no wrong, ever, so they'll keep their place. Rudy should replace Khedira but I suspect it'll be Goretzka #GER #SWE
— Andrew Thompson (@AFCBvB1410) June 23, 2018