WATCH Toni Kroos Goal Rescues Germany World Cup vs. Sweden

Germany have been pulled back from the brink.

With literally seconds to play for their World Cup lives, Toni Kroos’ free kick blast saved Germany from missing out on the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time in history.

It was a nightmare of a night for the Germans, who looked to bounce back after losing to Mexico in their opener. But things didn’t go well from the start, as Sweden employed the same counterattacking tactics that doomed the Germans last week. Sweden went into halftime up 1-0, but the reality is that Sweden had multiple opportunities to widen the lead.

Germany got one back early in the second half, when Marco Reus poked in a cross just minutes into the final half. Germany continued to press, but could not find the winner. Then disaster struck, as Jerome Boateng was sent off for his second yellow card.

With just one chance left in the dying moments of the game, Kroos and Reus lined up for the final set piece of the match. The players assembled in the box, but they were never part of the plan. Kroos tapped it short to Reus, who set up Kroos for a curling winner.

Source: Heavy Sports