Mexico fans celebrate second consecutive win in World Cup

Adjust Comment Print

Ola Toivonen's deft first-half lob had left Joachim Low's side facing elimination but Marco Reus, starting in place of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, prodded in an equaliser as Germany assumed control after the interval. "I'm here proud and representing my country".

After his disappointing performance against Mexico, Mesut Ozil was relegated to the bench and played no part in the match, despite the fact that Germany were clearly lacking a creative spark in the final third during the second half.

The statement ended with the entire squad shouting "fuck racism!" before applauding and beginning their workout.

The Swedish Football Association called the abuse directed at Durmaz "unpleasant and very upsetting", and said it had reported it to police.

More news: Keisuke Honda rescues Japan in Senegal thriller

Durmaz has since been subjected to online abuse, including threats to his family.

"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".

"A number of complaints have been made with the Swedish FA as the plaintiff so that Jimmy can concentrate on what he is here to do - play football. But Durmaz is fully behind the complaints", Sjostrand said via a statement. "It is completely unacceptable".

The result sets up an exciting Group F finale, with Mexico leading the pack with six points after a 2-1 win over South Korea, and Germany and Sweden both with three points.

More news: Juan Sebastian Veron questions Mauro Icardi omission from Argentina World Cup squad

"Some of them celebrated in a disrespectful way in my opinion", Swedish substitute Pontus Jansson told reporters. "There was a lot of feelings".

"We have systemic problems".

The magnitude of the moment saw the euphoric German players run to rejoice in front of their own fans while the Sweden players slumped to the floor, some close to tears.

"Obviously we're angry and sad but we need to reload and do it in the next game".

More news: Mohamed Salah considering retirement over political controversy with Chechen leader

Comments