Defending champions, Germany were initially at the brink of an early exit from the World Cup before they dug deep to secure a 2-1 win against Sweden in their second Group F game on Saturday.

After starting out on a losing note to Mexico in their group opener, Germany needed a win to get their title defense back on track, but things were initially not going according to plan until Tony Kroos popped up with a late goal.

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.

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The Germans started well after the restart as Marco Reus equalised three minutes after the break.

However, the much-needed winning goal never came for Germany instead, they lost one of their defenders Jerome Boateng who got two yellow cards and was sent off.

Out of blues with all hopes seemed lost, Kroos gave Germany’s World Cup hopes a big boost with a crucial goal in stoppage 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.

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