Germany are coming here as winners of their group, having collected 7 points. In the first game they defeated Australia 3:2, having gotten three points harder than expected, despite dominating the game. Second game saw them drawing with Chile 1:1, which was fair result since both teams were equal contestants. Last time out they recorded convincing victory when they faced Cameroon. It was 3:1 with all goals coming in the second half. First half was pretty dull, with Germany not creating a clear chance and recording zero shots in the frame. The best opportunity in the first half came from Cameroon, just before the half-time, but Ter Stegen was ready, proving that he is a better choice than Leno.
Low will have his full squad available, but it is unclear which eleven players he will choose, since he has been rotating heavily in this tournament.
Mexico have also collected 7 points in their group, but despite being unbeaten, they haven`t really impressed. They were down in all of their games, including twice against Portugal, but they always managed to get back somehow. They needed a goal in the stoppage time to salvage a point against Portugal, while against New Zealand they went on a break being 1:0 down before overturning the deficit. Last time out against Russia, they started slowly, with Russia taking control from the beginning and creating couple of good chances. Hosts deservedly took the lead in 25th minute via Samedow, but it didn`t take long for Mexico to answer as Araujo levelled the score only five minutes later. Mexico started the second half better and in 52nd minute Lozano put them 2:1 up after a mistake from Akinfeev.
Both teams looked dangerous in attack and unstable in defence, and there is really not much that separates them. It could be said that Germany has more squad depth, but it has been noticeable that this team is inexperienced. Mexico haven`t been looking nowhere near stable, but their fighting spirit and quick transition ensured them something in every game, no matter the situation in which they were in.