Germany 2 – 1 Sweden – Toni Kroos’ injury-time winner against Sweden revived defending champions Germany’s hopes of becoming the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.
Ola Toivonen’s deft first-half lob had left Joachim Low’s side facing elimination but Marco Reus, starting in place of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, prodded in an equaliser as Germany assumed control after the interval.
The champions then had Jerome Boateng sent off late on for a second yellow card but continued to chase the game knowing a draw left their fate in others’ hands.
And they were rewarded in the final minute of five added on when Kroos swept a free-kick into the top right corner from the left of the penalty area.
Germany 2 – 1 Sweden | FIFA World Cup – Match Highlights
- 32′ 0 – 1 Ola Toivonen scores with a superb chip for Sweden! Germany are behind. Sweden are ahead. What a moment in this World Cup. Toni Kroos gives the ball away in midfield and then the ball is chipped into Ola Toivonen from the wing. The former Sunderland man takes the ball down on his chest and then brilliantly chips the ball over Manuel Neuer. As it stands, Germany are going out of the World Cup.
- 48′ 1 – 1 Marco Reus taps in to level for Germany. Never write off the Germans! It’s scruffy but Germany won’t care one bit. Timo Werner’s cross bobbles up and Marco Reus gets something on it and diverts the ball in. Joachim Loew is waving his fist on the touchline, urging his team on. His team talk has worked.
- 82′ 1 – 1 [Red Card] Jerome Boateng is sent off! Jerome Boateng clatters into a tackle, already on a yellow card, and concedes a free-kick. It probably was a yellow but at first the referee doesn’t give one. He waits and waits but eventually changes his mind and shows Boateng a second yellow. Germany are down to 10.
- 90+5′ 2 – 1 Toni Kroos scores late winner for Germany. Bedlam. Absolute bedlam. Toni Kroos has won it at the death with a brilliant free-kick. Germans are running everywhere. What scenes. Germany gets the winning goal. Lovely curled ball from Toni Kroos – so much pace and it’s right in the far corner. That’s got three points for Germany and they’re back in this World Cup.