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Toni Kroos rescues German World Cup hopes with last-gasp victor

28 June 2018

After the Swedes struck first in the match, Germany responded with two unanswered goals, including a brilliant strike in stoppage time, to earn a 2-1 win in their second of three Group F matches.

Germany, with the 2-1 win, are right back in the thick of things in Group F. With the win over Sweden, Germany are now on track to advance to the Round of 16, as it controls its own destiny.

Work still needs to be done with Mexico needing to avoid defeat against Sweden to be sure of making the last 16 for the seventh straight World Cup.

Victory for Sweden against Mexico would secure their place in the knockout stage.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook looked on from the stands in the Rostov Arena as part of their three-day visit to Russian Federation, but a second consecutive 1-0 defeat leaves the 2002 semifinalists them on the brink of an early exit from the tournament.

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Germany has had time to accept and learn from its shock defeat in its World Cup opener.

However, Sweden had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee in the 16th minute when Boateng appeared to bring Marcus Berg down just when the Al Ain striker was bearing down on goal.

But things were much different Saturday, as the Red Devils scored early and often in a 5-2 win over Tunisia in Russian Federation.

With Sweden hunkered down into a defensive formation, Germany continued to push forward, even after losing Jérôme Boateng to his second yellow card of the match.

MOSCOW - Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display, leading their team over Tunisia in the highest scoring game of the World Cup.

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If you weren't doing so already, you probably should start taking Mexico seriously in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. If all they can bring to the pitch is physicality, there's not much of a chance of hanging next to one of the most talented teams in this tournament. Under that scenario Sweden would be the group champion and Mexico the group runner-up.

The Red Devils might be the team to beat in the tournament.

With his two goals, Lukaku now is tied with Cristiano Ronaldo on the top scorer leaderboard.

In first-half stoppage time, after a rapid Swedish counter-attack, Viktor Claesson opted to cut inside rather than shoot first time and a presentable opening for a second goal was lost.

An English victory over Panama on Sunday would send England and Belgium through while a draw would be enough to confirm Belgium's progress.

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Toni Kroos rescues German World Cup hopes with last-gasp victor