After the first 45 minutes at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday evening, Joachim Low’s Germany were facing the real prospect of exiting the 2018 World Cup at the group stage.
But Die Mannschaft fought back in the second half through goals from Marco Reus and Toni Kroos despite the sending off of Jerome Boateng eight minutes from full time. Kroos produced a divine effort five minutes into five minutes of additional time to hold their own destiny in their own hands. Phew, that was close!
Germany made four changes to the 11 that lost to Mexico – Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Jonas Hector, and Antonio Rudiger coming in for Mesut Oezil, Matt Hummels, Marvin Plattenhardt, and Sami Khedira.
Sweden had the first real chance in the match on 13 minutes when Marcus Berg raced through on goal but a shove from Boateng gave Neuer the chance to make a blocking save. Ilkay Gündogan came on for the injured Sebastian Rudy in the 30th minute
On 32 minutes Ola Toivonen gave Sweden a surprise lead, niftily lifting the ball over Manuel Neuer. Toni Kroos had given the ball away in the centre of the pitch. Viktor Claesson then found the Toulouse forward with a lofted pass and he scored. Toivonen did not score in the past Lig 1 season in France and emotions on his face showed surprise.
Germany were level five minutes into the second half as Reus knned in his effort. It was now back to the walls defending for the Swedes as Germany turned the screw looking for the go-ahead goal. On 61 minutes, Reus was just inches away from connecting with a precise cross from Joshua Kimmich
On 71 minutes, Sweden finally got a respite as Boateng was shown a second yellow card for a trip on Emil Forsberg.
But still Germany poured forward. Olsen produced a terrific save to deny Mario Gomez on 87 minutes as 10-man Germany poured forward. Julian Brandt, on as a substitute hit the post with a left-footed strike two minutes into additional time. It was grief for the defending World Cup champions.
Germany got the second goal their general play deserved five minutes into added time as he curled in his effort from the edge of the box. It was redemption for the Real Madrid midfielder, who had given away the ball for Sweden’s goal.
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