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Toni Kroos: ‘Germany under real pressure

Germany midfielder Tony Kroos has admitted that his side are under “real pressure” to reach the World Cup knockout stages after their 1-0 defeat to Mexico.

Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game in the first half on Sunday as Mexico held on for victory, despite dominating throughout against a poor German side.

Kroos has said that Germany, who are bottom of Group F on goal difference, now have to win against Sweden and South Korea if the defending champions are to reach the last 16.

“We’re under real pressure now,” the Real Madrid midfielder told The Mirror. “We have to get six points from the next games.

“We didn’t play well enough. Overall, we had our chances, but we weren’t able to score.

“We lost the ball up front far too easily and Mexico had always two or three people up front, who we failed to block efficiently.”

Germany meet Sweden on Saturday at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

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