Germany currently lead European Zone Group Four but are only one point ahead the Russians, meaning a point in Moscow this weekend will keep their fate in their own hands when they face Finland next week. "The game could be explosive," said Schweinsteiger. "If we keep a clean sheet we will have done our cause a serious measure of good."
The match will be played on the artificial surface of the Luzhniki Stadium and Schweinsteiger is hoping for good weather. "In wet conditions it becomes complicated," he said.
Germany prepared for the match with two short practice games against Mainz's second team during which they failed to score, according to Bild newspaper.