If the players put aside their unhappiness at being based in Moscow and pick up where they left off against Sweden that Toni Kroos goal can be a turning point
In all my time watching football, there have been few goals that have changed so much. At 1-1 against Sweden, Germany were as good as out of the World Cup, and carrying out my duties as a pundit for ARD from Baden-Baden I was not looking forward to doing the post-match analysis. But then Toni Kroos scored and the next thing I know everyone – myself included – is jumping up, screaming and celebrating. It was a mix of relief and joy and showed just how much the national team means to Germans.
Kroos has said there are people back home who want Germany to lose; that’s only true for a minority, as seen by how we, and millions of Germans, reacted to his goal. We always want them to do well and from a personal point of view the most pleasing aspect of Saturday night was the attitude of the players. They showed the right reaction to going 1-0 behind – sticking together and not giving up, which more than formations and lineups are the basic principles of football.