Hummels: Only an absolutely top performance will do

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Mats Hummels is confident ahead of Germany's crucial second group match against Sweden. "The firm conviction that we can return to winning ways, that we can turn the tide, is returning," the 29-year-old told media representatives in Sochi on Thursday morning. The internal discussion after the opening defeat against Mexico has helped the players draw the right conclusions for Saturday's match at 20.00 CEST, according to Hummels. "We mustn't allow another match like this, no matter how long the tournament, no matter when, or else we'll go home. With that in mind, we've understood once and for all that only absolutely top performances will do," the 2014 world champion demanded.

Allianz Arena backs Germany again

Full support from Munich. The Allianz Arena was lit in black, red and gold for Germany's opening match against Mexico on Sunday. This special support from FC Bayern's home is also scheduled for Germany's next matches in Russia. The lighting will come on at sunset (around 21.00 CEST) and last for about two hours.

Germany's next matches

  • Saturday 23 June, 20.00 CEST: Germany v Sweden
    Lighting from 21.00 to 23.00
  • Wednesday 27 June, 16.00: Germany v South Korea
    Lighting from 21.00 to 23.00
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