Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has underlined the importance of keeping a clean sheet when they travel to Russia for a crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier.

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 game could be explosive. In wet conditions it (artificial turf) becomes complicated.

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger ahead of the Russia game

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.