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Kroos Nets Last-Gasp Winner To Keep German Hopes Alive

botchway June 25, 2018

For a short time, just over half an hour including the half-time interval, Germany were on their way out of the World Cup.

For a good deal longer they remained in deep, deep trouble, unable to find a winner, teetering on the brink and vulnerable to a carve-up at the hands of Mexico and Sweden, east of the Urals on Wednesday.

They were down to 10 men, running low on ideas and the Swedes were defending as if lives depended on it when Toni Kroos addressed a free-kick, wide on the German left as the clock ticked into the last minute of stoppage time.

Kroos rolled the ball short to Marco Reus, scorer of the equaliser early in the second half and then whipped a swerving drive through a crowd scene.

It seemed to accelerate as it rose into the far corner. Sweden sank to its knees, exhausted and beaten.

Germany breathed again and launched into jubilant celebrations. They must beat South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday and even then may have to rely on goal difference.

Credit: dailymail.co.uk

TODAY’S WORLD CUP MATCHES

Saudi Arabia 2pm  Egypt

Uruguay        2pm  Russia

Iran               6pm  Portugal

Spain            6pm  Morocco

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