Kroos keeps Germany's World Cup hopes alive with late stunner

Gotze wins the 2014 World Cup for Germany. Image PA Images

Gotze wins the 2014 World Cup for Germany. Image PA Images

Yet the Germans sit with three points after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Sweden and a chance to avoid what befell Italy and Spain, the previous two defending champions who failed to advance from the group stage. "It was, but now of course we're happy because I think we also deserved the victory".

Toni Kroos says his dramatic late winning goal against Sweden will upset many of Germany's critics at home whom he believes were rooting for die Mannschaft to be eliminated from the World Cup.

When the referee blew the final whistle, Toni Kroos fell to his knees and began to punch the ground, knowing that Germany won't be sent packing from the World Cup in Russian Federation without putting up a fight. "Match! We are one team - on and off the pitch".

Germany staved off an early World Cup exit by the finest of margins thanks to Toni Kroos's brilliant stoppage-time goal, but continue to trail an impressive Mexico side in Group F.

Low said he knew Germany would find it hard to break down the Swedish defence but told his players at half-time to keep playing their usual brand of precision football.

South Korea can ill afford to lose Ki in the crucial contest against Germany. Overall, Germany also completed 86 percent of their 744 passes, with Kroos completing 117 of his 128 - the second-most completed by a player in Russian Federation this month.

Prediction: It won't be easy or pretty, but Germany will win it. On Wednesday, Mexico will face Sweden and Germany will take on South Korea, with every team but South Korea in control of its destiny.

The game's first tally wasn't pretty by any means, but Ola Toivonen did just enough to put Sweden on top in the 32nd minute. The moves eventually seemed to pay off, especially the decision to insert Reus into the lineup and letting him attack from the midfield.

Belgium scored three times in the first half, and both Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard finished the game with two goals.

"We have to take stock now and see what the situation is. So I was very angry", he said.

"We should not let ourselves be tempted by the situation and ignore a task, just because it's tempting to push forward", said centre-back Mats Hummels in Sochi in a thinly veiled dig.

"At this juncture, we are not sure exactly when he sustained the injury, and how much treatment and rehab he will need", the official added.

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