Sensational Kroos strike saves ten-man Germany in stoppage time

German Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos curled home a spectacular stoppage-time free-kick to save Germany against Sweden in Sochi at Russia 2018 World cup.

Joachim Low’s side were facing the prospect of crashing out of the tournament when 1-0 down at half-time following Ola Toivonen’s classy finish.

And Germany’s prospects didn’t look all that much brighter going into the final seconds of the game at 1-1, following a Marco Reus equaliser and a red card for defender Jerome Boateng.

But, with 94 minutes on the clock, up stepped Kroos to curl home a free-kick from a ridiculously tight angle to keep Germany’s World Cup defence alive.

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Robin Olsen, The swedish tall goalkeeper was the man of the match.

Germany – Neuer 7, Hector 7, Draxler 7, Kroos 7, Werner 6, Reus 7, Muller 6, Rudiger 6, Boateng 5, Kimmich 6, Rudy 6. Subs – Gundogan 6, Gomez 7, Brandt 6.

Sweden – Olsen 8, Lustig 7, Lindelof 6, Granqvist 6, Augustinsson 6, Larsson 7, Ekdal 7, Claesson 7, Forsberg 7, Berg 7, Toivonen 7. Subs – Thelin 6, Guidetti 6, Durmaz 5.

With one goal and one assist, Marco Reus is the first German player involved in two goals on his first World Cup start since 2010 when Thomas Müller did it against Australia.

Toni Kroos’ strike is the latest goal Germany have ever scored in a World Cup match (excluding extra-time).

Kroos made 144 touches against Sweden, a record for a German player in a World Cup game since 1966.

Jerome Boateng is the first German player to be sent off in a World Cup match since Miroslav Klose against Serbia in 2010.

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