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Germany defeat Sweden 2-1 with 95th minute winnner

Toni Kroos was the hero in a World Cup thriller.

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Germany v Sweden: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Let’s have a round of applause for both Germany and Sweden, who produced the wildest game of this World Cup so far. The Germans came up with the win in dramatic fashion, with Toni Kroos scoring a stunning 95th minute game-winning goal.

Germany 2-1 Sweden, final score

Just like they did against Mexico, Germany had all of the possession and a huge shots advantage. But just like against Mexico, the Germans gave up huge counter attacks and struggled to finish for most of the match.

Ola Toivonen opened the scoring for Sweden with a brilliant goal in the 32nd minute, and his team carried the lead into halftime. Germany equalized through Marco Reus in the 48th minute, then spent the rest of the match in the Sweden half. For a while, it looked like the winner would never come.

But in the 95th minute, Germany won a free kick. They played a reversed indirect set piece play, with Marco Reus tapping the ball to Kroos to curl a spectacular game-winning goal into the back of the net.

With this win, Germany are in with a chance of advancing from the group stage, though it’s far from certain. All four teams in Group F are still alive, and none have clinched a knockout stage place.

GOAL Toni Kroos! He scores a 95th minute winner! Germany 2-1 Sweden

Unreal.

Look at this save by Robin Olsen

Mario Gomez was sure he’d scored. Unreal stop.

RED CARD Jerome Boateng, Germany down to 10 men

This one took a long deliberation, but the referee got it right in the end. He initially didn’t book Boateng for this challenge, but after speaking to his assistant, decided to show a second yellow card.

GOAL Marco Reus! Sweden 1-1 Germany

Germany makes a halftime sub, bringing Mario Gomez in for Julian Draxler. He wasn’t directly involved in the goal, but the general strategy of “get more guys into the box” worked out just two minutes after halftime. Timo Werner set it up, Marco Reus finished it.

Halftime score: Sweden 1-0 Germany

So, this is going poorly for Jogi Löw’s men. Here are the scenarios for Germany to advance from the World Cup group stage. They’re out if this result holds.

GOAL Ola Toivonen! Sweden 1-0 Germany

Now this is a high-quality finish. If Sweden wins, Germany is eliminated in the group stage for the first time in their history.

Sebastian Rudy injury forces Germany substitution

Rudy took a shot to the face, and blood started pouring out of his nose.

Germany played with 10 men for five minutes, but the doctor decided he couldn’t get Rudy fixed up quickly enough to get him back into the game in a timely fashion. He was replaced by Ilkay Gündogan.

Referee misses penalty for Sweden’s Marcus Berg

How did the ref not call for VAR on this? It’s a clear penalty. Sweden fans are rightfully furious.

Germany vs. Sweden lineups

Recognizing the problems that his team had against Mexico, Germany coach Jogi Löw has made big changes. Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira will sit on the bench, while Marco Reus and Sebastian Rudy enter. Expect Rudy to sit deep in a true defensive midfield role, while Thomas Müller is likely to move inside to a central attacking midfield position. Sweden has made a change too, bringing in Victor Lindelöf after he was unavailable for their first match.


Germany will take on Sweden in a Group F match on Saturday. The game will be held at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia at 2 p.m. on FOX and Fox Sports Go.

Sweden defeated South Korea in its first World Cup match in 12 years. Sweden’s captain Andreas Granqvist scored the game’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Germany is coming off a 1-0 loss to Mexico.

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