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Toni Kroos saves the day for Germany

Toni Kroos was a saviour and his late free-kick winner against stubborn Sweden Saturday revived Germany’s hopes for a spot in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

A foul against Germany, who were pressing hard to score a second goal, was committed in the stoppage time just on edge of the box.

Kroos, the Real Madrid midfielder, curled the ball to the far corner of the net and beyond the reach of Robin Olsen in the 95th minute of the game to end the clash 2-1.

“This was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up to the final whistle,” Germany coach Joachim low said after the game, held at Fisht Stadium, Sochi.

Swede Ola Toivonen received a pass from right side of the pitch and took the ball down on his chest and tipped it over Manuel Neuer and netted Sweden first goal in 32nd minute. The goal sent a shivering effect to the German squad.

“After conceding a goal we kept a level head, we said that we needed to make quick passes, cover ground to tire out Sweden and then open up spaces, which we were able to do,” said Low.

Germany kept the pressure in second half, said Low, who said his team failed to score on a couple of clear opportunities.

The German manager praised his players. “what I did appreciate was the spirit of the team. We never lost hope that we could turn the tide and win this match.” Sweden coach Janne Andersson was on a different mode. “This is probably the heaviest ending to a game in my career.

“But the whole group is still alive, so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the next match,” said Andersson on the next game against Mexico on Wednesday.

“We still have an excellent chance to qualify. We’re going to do everything we can to achieve that when we get as far as Wednesday. But emotionally right now we are just so disappointed that we didn’t get a single point,” he said.

Mexico was leading Group F with six points, while Germany and Sweden have three points each.

Source: Kuwait News Agency