Joachim Low

Germany coach, Joachim Low has explained why he dropped Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil from the German team that defeated Sweden 2-1 in the second game on Saturday.

The defending champions was on the brink of elimination as Ola Toivonen put Sweden ahead in the first half.

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But Marco Reus levelled before Toni Kroos’ sublime strike in injury time rescued a vital win for Low’s side.

Ozil watched the entire game from the bench as Low decided not to field the midfielder.

The 29-year-old was heavily criticised for his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Mexico last Sunday.

But the coach told reporters that the Arsenal midfielder is still a key part of his plans when asked why the former Real Madrid player did not play a minute.

He said, “We have strong competition with us in the squad. We will still need his creativity in the tournament.”