Tough to take
A word on Sweden, who battled hard and at the break looked like they could pull off a stunning shock thanks to a marvellous goal. However, under an absolute onslaught they couldn’t quite hold on – a painfully familiar feeling.
All isn’t over, though. A 1-0 win over Mexico would leave them level on points and goal difference. Not sure what happens then? Well
Toni Kroos’ injury-time winner against Sweden revived defending champions Germany’s hopes of becoming the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.
Ola Toivonen’s deft first-half lob had left Joachim Low’s side facing elimination but Marco Reus, starting in place of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, prodded in an equaliser as Germany assumed control after the interval.
The champions then had Jerome Boateng sent off late on for a second yellow card but continued to chase the game knowing a draw left their fate in others’ hands.
And they were rewarded in the final minute of five added on when Kroos swept a free-kick into the top right corner from the left of the penalty area.