Toni Kroos rescues Germany from World Cup elimination

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos scored a stoppage time free-kick for Germany against Sweden that saved them from certain World Cup elimination.

Toni Kroos Germany v Sweden World Cup 2018
Toni Kroos celebrates scoring his injury-time free-kick for Germany against Sweden

Germany who were minutes away from certain elimination where saved when Kroos free-kick shot past Sweden keeper Robin Olsen which saw jubilant celebrations from the Germans on the sidelines and stands.

The Germans came into the game on the back of an opening game defeat to Mexico and had to win this game to stand a good chance of qualifying for the last-16. Sweden came into the game with high confidence on the back of a 1-0 victory over South Korea in their opener.

Joachim Low’s men started on the front foot with the Swedes sitting back and soaking up the pressure. But for some bad finishing and some good saves from the Swedish keeper, the Germans should have taken the lead in the opening 30 minutes.

However, the Swedes who sat back and frustrated Germany took the lead in the 32nd minute when a clever long ball found Ola Toivonen who’s chip went over Manuel Neuer to make it 1-0.

Germany then started off the second half on the front foot and within three minutes of the restart levelled the score when Marco Reus latched onto a cross from the left-wing from striker Timo Werner. Just what the doctor ordered for Joachim Low’s men.

Low’s men then pressed for the equaliser and dominated most of the game. It was only a matter of time before the Germans equalised. However, in the 82nd minute, Germany went down to 10 men when Jerome Boateng was sent off for a second yellow card offence. Surely the Swedes could sense victory.

However, it was Joachim Low’s men on the front foot, and in the fifth minute of injury time Toni Kroos stepped up to curl a free-kick past the Swedish keeper to the delight of the German fans in the stadium and back home.

Next up for Low’s men is South Korea. They know a win will secure a place in the last-16.