NEWS | 23/06/2018The world champions picked up a crucial win to stay in contention for qualification thanks to a wonderful last-minute free-kick from the Real Madrid ace.
After defeat against Mexico and Sweden's opening day win, Germany couldn't afford to slip up. But things got off to a bad start when, in the 31st minute, a Swedish counter-attack was finished by Toivonen, who lifted the ball over Neuer to make it 0-1.
Germany came out flying in the second half and it took just two minutes following the restart for them bring the tie level with a goal from Reus. Kroos was controlling things for the Germans now, alongside Gündogan, and they fed Werner and Mario Gómez who began to look more of a threat up top. The minutes were ticking by though and the scoreboard just wouldn't budge, as the reigning champions began to show signs of nerves. Sweden were playing out of their skin and a point would have been enough for them going into the final round of group games.
The referee signalled for five minutes of added time, and as the very last was about to come to an end, Kroos stepped up. The madridista decided the game and saved his national side with a majestic free-kick from the left-hand side to keep Germany alive in the competition.
2- Germany: Neuer, Hector (Brandt, 86’), Rüdiger, Boateng, Kimmich, Kroos, Rudy (Gündogan, 30’), Draxler (Gómez, 46’), Reus, Müller and Werner.
1- Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Grandqvist, Augustinsson, Larsson, Ekdal, Claesson (Durmaz, 73’), Forsberg, Berg (Kiese, 89’) and Toivonen (Guidetti, 77’).
0-1 (min. 31): Toivonen.
1-1 (min. 47): Reus.
2-1 (min. 95): Kroos.