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Toni Kroos hits a stunning late winner as 10-man Germany beat Sweden 2-1

Kroos thundered in a phenomenal shot at the dying moments of the match helping World Cup holders Germany come back from the brink of elimination with a hard-earned victory against Sweden

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22 men fight it out but the Germans win

22 men fight it out but the Germans win
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Gary Lineker famously said that "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win."

His words echoed in the Fisht Arena on Saturday night as rescued from the brink of an unthinkable early exit with a sensational winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over
 
 

 

German fans after the breathless strike!

German fans after the breathless strike!
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The 10-man reigning champions were in deep trouble when Kroos stepped up to steer in his dramatic winner in the final minute of time added on at Sochi's Fisht Stadium yesterday.

Before that, a Kroos error had led to giving a 32nd-minute lead and even a equaliser early in the second half appeared to be only a temporary stay of execution for Joachim Loew's men.

But the rescue act from Kroos, who had endured another difficult night in the German midfield, is a huge lift to a side who saw sent off late in the game. They now have qualification for the last 16 back in their own hands ahead of their final Group F game against on Wednesday.

 

A short sigh of relief for 'Die Mannschaft'

A short sigh of relief for 'Die Mannschaft'
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There is still no guarantee that they will avoid the fate of the last two holders. four years ago and Italy in 2010 were knocked out in the group stage.

Since 1938, have never been eliminated from in the first round.

However, this result and the manner of it will provide an almighty boost to the Germans and is a hammering blow to Sweden, who will face in their last match of the group stage.

 

A vulnerable - an oxymoron

A vulnerable Germany - an oxymoron
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Mexico's 2-1 win over earlier on Saturday had ensured that Germany would be out if defeated.

Germany wielded the axe following the shambolic 1-0 loss at the hands of Mexico, the game that started their defence of the trophy, with the much-criticised and dropped while missed out due to

Marco Reus, and were among those who came into the team. But just like the game, Germany's usual composure was not there.

 

The unlucky Swedes still have a chance

The unlucky Swedes still have a chance
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should have had an early penalty when was released on goal and, at the point of shooting, was fouled by Boateng.

Berg's effort was saved by Boateng played the man and not the ball, but there was no penalty given and no recourse to the Referee.

It was a warning for the Germans, who were then dealt a body blow -- literally -- when Rudy was left with a bloodied nose after receiving a stray boot in the face.

Ilkay Gundogan replaced him, coming in alongside Kroos, but it was the Real Madrid man who was at fault as Sweden went in front just a minute later.

His pass was pounced upon by the Swedes, who sprung forward, picking out Toivonen to control on his chest and lift the ball over Neuer with the aid of a slight deflection.

 

For Germany, all's well that ends well

For Germany, all's well that ends well
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Low sent on Mario Gomez in place of at half-time, and it took just three minutes of the second half for Germany to get their equaliser.

Timo Werner's low centre from the left was behind Gomez, who got a touch but not enough to put off Reus from bundling it in.

They then set off in search of the winner, with Gomez twice coming close and fellow substitute smacking a post late on.

Boateng had already walked by then, seeing a second yellow in the 82nd minute for a foul on Berg.

Time was running out for Germany but then Kroos exchanged passes with Reus at a free-kick on the left edge of the box and sent a venomous ball into the far corner of the net.

 


First Published: Sun, June 24 2018. 02:00 IST