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Germany over shock defeat, ready to get back to winning

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Germany has had time to accept and learn from its shock defeat in its World Cup opener. Now the defending champions are ready to get back to winning and secure a spot in the second round.

Germany takes on Sweden on Saturday in Sochi with hopes of rebounding from the 1-0 loss to Mexico, a defeat that left players and coaches struggling to grasp what went wrong.

"The mood has improved a lot. I think we needed a couple of days to really digest the first match," forward Mario Gomez said Friday through a translator. "Everything surrounding it was an avalanche, a deluge on the team, and of course we are looking forward to this match (Saturday) given that this adds to the challenge."