Toni Kroos brings off late miracle for Germany to stun Sweden

Ruben Hill
June 24, 2018

"We think we can win this game", came Khedira's response.

The 10-man reigning champions were in deep trouble when Kroos stepped up to steer in his dramatic victor in the final minute of time added on at Sochi's Fisht Stadium. Reus equalized in the 48th.

The final takes place in Moscow the day before.

Now Germany has some control of what happens.

Sweden and Germany are both on three points with leaders Mexico on six heading into the final group games meaning there is all to play for - including, mathematically, for bottom team South Korea who are without a point.

Mexico's 2-1 win over South Korea earlier on Saturday had ensured that Germany would be out in the event of a defeat, with a draw little better.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said he was not aware of any taunting.

Insane as it seems, all four teams still have a chance to advance on the final day.

Two hours after Japanese coach Akira Nishino said he was ready to mark Mane with up to three players, the Liverpool forward laughingly shrugged off the attention.

"We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify, " Andersson said.

With Germany getting in behind Sweden's full backs at will and fizzing passes across the box, it looked like a matter of time before they scored, but Toivonen's goal gave Sweden breathing space. Boateng played the man and not the ball, but there was no penalty given and no recourse to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

All-time top scorer Javier Hernandez sealed victory in the second half, finishing off an unstoppable move from breakout player Hirving Lozano. "We kept a level head". "This is probably the heaviest conclusion that I've experienced in my career".

Sweden had a lot to be upset about when the final whistle blew on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

"I really have no say in this. You cheer together, maybe, when you win, and you leave the opponents to feel sad, you don't react in the way they did, and that's the end of it". A loss to the Scandinavians would send the World Cup champions out at the group stage for the first time since France in 2002. "We had many chances and in crucial games, you have to take it".

It also prevented South Korea being eliminated, although they need to beat Germany and for Mexico to beat Sweden to stand a chance of qualification.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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