Germany coach Joachim Loew attends a news conference at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Germany are the kings of the penalty shootout – but the world champions hope to see off Mexico in Thursday's Confederations Cup semifinal without needing dreaded spot kicks.The Germans have won all five penalty shootouts they have faced since 1976 at either World Cup finals or European championships.Joachim Loew's team face the Mexicans in Sochi for a place in Sunday's Confed Cup final in St. Petersburg. Having won their Confed Cup group, Germany are on a 13-match unbeaten run, dating back just under a year to their Euro 2016 semifinal defeat to hosts France.The Germans beat Mexico 4-3 when the teams last met in the third-place playoff at the 2005 Confed Cup in Germany.
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