Germany rescue World Cup hopes after dramatic win over Sweden

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring their second goal with Marco Reus.
Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring their second goal with Marco Reus.
Image: REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A dramatic stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos gave holders Germany a 2-1 win over Sweden on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.

Kroos curled in a superb strike from an indirect free kick to grab the three points for the four-times world champions who are now level with Sweden in Group F on three points and behind Mexico who have six.

Sweden took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ola Toivonen finished confidently after Germany’s Toni Kroos gave the ball away in midfield.

Marco Reus equalised in the 48th minute, meeting a low cross from Timo Werner, and despite having Jerome Boateng sent off in the 82nd minute, Germany found their winner from Kroos.

Starting line-ups for the World Cup Group F match between Germany and Sweden in Sochi on Saturday:

Germany (4-2-3-1) Manuel Neuer (capt); Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Antonio Ruediger, Jonas Hector; Sebastian Rudy, Toni Kroos; Thomas Mueller, Marco Reus, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner Coach: Joachim Loew

(GER) Sweden (4-4-2) Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist (capt), Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen Coach: Janne Andersson (SWE)

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

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