YEKATERINBURG Russia (Xinhua) --
The last-gasp defeat to Germany has made Sweden stronger and
more confident, Sweden coach Janne Andersson said at a pre-match
press conference here on Tuesday.
Toni Kroos scored a
winner in stoppage time to help the 10-man Germany rally past
Sweden 2-1 in their second Group F match last Saturday to stay
alive at the World Cup.
Germany and Sweden
both have three points entering their final matches. Sweden will
take on group leaders Mexico in a decisive game in Yekaterinburg
and Germany meet South Korea on Wednesday.
The Sweden coach
refused to consider the loss meaningless.
“We have a very good
feeling in our squad, (because) we were able to play the
reigning champions all the way, with the exception of the final
10 seconds, that was a match made us stronger, more confident,”
“We are coming into
tomorrow’s game expecting that we can perform at our top level,
that we have showed at several occasions, we have everything to
win in the fixture coming up tomorrow,” the Swede said.
“So from that
perspective, mentally we are very very strong, and we believe in
what we do,” he added.
“As for the Mexican
team, we see them as a very good football team, we have the
greatest respect for them, they are a very skilled team, with
several technically gifted players,” Andersson said.
Mexico are leading
Group F with six points after two games played. If Sweden
managed to get on top of the central American team, and Germany
defeated South Korea, the round of 16 berths would have to be
decided by goal difference.