Daily Digest: World Cup title holders Germany face must-win against Sweden

Sport360 staff 12:00 23/06/2018
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Good morning, Jay Asser here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on today in the world of sport.

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All eyes at the World Cup are on Germany today as the title holders face Sweden in a crucial meeting for Die Mannschaft.

After falling to Mexico in their opener, Germany are facing practically a must-win situation already in the group stages. Sweden won’t be an easy target, however, after they took down South Korea in their first game to look like a formidable side.

Aditya Devavrat looks at what the Germans need to do to avoid complacency, while Stuart Appleby examines talking points and key match-ups ahead of the pivotal clash.

WORLD CUP

If you missed yesterday’s contests, Xherdan Shaqiri capped off an impressive comeback by Switzerland over Serbia. Matt Jones picked out the main talking points from the thrilling result.

Nigeria, meanwhile, used a tactical switch to get the better of Iceland in a 2-0 victory. Read how their 3-5-2 lineup caused problems and other takeaways from the encounter.

Philippe Coutinho was the hero for Brazil as he scored in injury time to get the nation off the mark with their first win at the tournament. Check out an in-depth look at Coutinho’s match-winning performance.

CRICKET

Things have gone from bad to worse for Sri Lanka, with Dinesh Chandimal suspended for the third and final Test against West Indies, while Rangana Hertah has split the webbing on his right hand. That means Suranga Lakmal will be the ninth player to lead Sri Lanka across formats since 2013.

For England, a new face will be at the helm of their upcoming T20 campaign against Australia and India, with assistant Paul Farbrace standing in temporarily for head coach Trevor Bayliss.

Ashish Peter takes a look at Australia’s ODI woes after the nation hit a new low with their battering at the hands of England.

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South Korea will have their work cut out to overcome Mexico today. Matt Monaghan examines talking points from the match-up, including the importance of Son Heung-min to South Korea’s attack.

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

WORLD CUP: Belgium v Tunisia, 16:00

South Korea v Mexico, 19:00

Germany v Sweden, 22:00

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