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2-1: Kroos saves Germany with a wonder goal in the final seconds

NEWS | 23/06/2018

The 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.
As the clock ticked past the 94th minute, reigning world champions Germany were tied at one goal apiece with Sweden, clinging on to their World Cup hopes for dear life. That's when Toni Kroos stepped up to smash home a free-kick into the top corner and clinch the comeback for Löw's team to keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive ahead of their final game against South Korea.

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.

The comeback
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.

LINE-UPS
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’).

Goals
0-1 (min. 31): Toivonen.
1-1 (min. 47): Reus.
2-1 (min. 95): Kroos.
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