Germany survived an almighty scare to keep their World Cup hopes alive, beating Sweden 2-1 having trailed at half-time, thanks to Toni Kroos’s strike in added time. Defeat would have meant elimination but now, with South Korea their final opponents, Joachim Löw’s side will be confident of making the knockout stage.
Sweden took the lead through Ola Toivonen in the 31st minute. Germany lost possession in midfield, Kroos the guilty party, and Sweden attacked down the right. Viktor Claesson picked out Toivonen with a lovely cross and the striker took the ball on his chest and then lobbed it superbly over the onrushing Manuel Neuer with his right foot.