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Germany vs Russia: Gamethread

The lineup is out: a conservative defense featuring four center-backs and Joshua Kimmich in the midfield. Kai Havertz will be the playmaker behind Timo Werner, with Gnabry and Sané on the wings.

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14 November 2018, Saxony, Leipzig: Soccer: Germany, press conference of the national team before the international match against Russia (15.11.) in the Red Bull Academy Leipzig. National coach Joachim 'Jogi' Löw speaks at the press conference. Photo by Jan Woitas/picture alliance via Getty Images

Starting lineup

Russia’s rip-roaring offense has led Löw to field four center-backs (Süle, Rüdiger, Ginter, Kehrer) and two outside backs (Kimmich, Hector). One of the latter, Joshua Kimmich, will presumably play in the midfield with Matthias Ginter at right wing-back. Jonas Hector will probably be on the left, with three of the remaining centerbacks at the back. Which one of them will also play in the midfield with Kimmich is anyone’s guess.

Team news

Jogi Löw has announced that Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus would not be available on account of a foot injury. Manuel Neuer is expected to start in goal. Since Jerome Boateng has been dropped from the squad for the time being — perhaps forever? — Löw will presumably start one of Thilo Kehrer or Jonathan Tah. Löw further suggested he will start Serge Gnabry along with Leroy Sané and Timo Werner.

Match info

Location: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany

Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

TV/streaming:, Find Your Country

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