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Kroos stunner keeps Germany World Cup dream alive

NZ Herald Staff,
Publish Date
Sunday, 24 June 2018, 8:10AM
Marco Reus celebrates scoring for Germany. Photo / AP
Marco Reus celebrates scoring for Germany. Photo / AP

Germany have come back from the dead to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Toni Kroos scored an injury-time winner to secure a 2-1 comeback win over Sweden in Sochi this morning.

Down 1-0 at halftime, Marco Reus equalised for defending champion Germany three minutes into the second half. Striker Mario Gomez appeared to touch the ball before it got to Reus near the penalty spot.

Gomez had entered the match after halftime as Germany coach Joachim Loew tried to boost the team's attack.

Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen in the first half after an uncommon passing mistake by German midfielder Toni Kroos near midfield. Toivonen controlled the ball with his chest inside the area before sending it over Manuel Neuer as the German goalkeeper charged from the net.

The Swedes had complained of a penalty on Marcus Berg after he appeared to be clipped by Jerome Boateng inside the area just before getting a shot on goal.

Germany had to play the final eight minutes with 10-men after Boateng was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

Germany finish group play against South Korea while Mexico and Sweden face-off.

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