Germany high on win but low in substance

Dodgy defence is their main problem while midfield and attack also fail to click in Russia

The legend they have created for themselves is that when they are good, they are terrifying and when they are poor, Germany are still able to find a way to win.

This held true on Saturday when Die Mannschaft rose from the dead to beat Sweden 2-1 in a dramatic finish at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi to retain hopes of progressing from an open Group F.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2018, with the headline 'Germany high on win but low in substance'. Print Edition | Subscribe