After losing their first match against Mexico, Germany need all three points in order to have their fate in their own hands in the final match against South Korea next Wednesday. "The fundamental trust for these players, who have played for years on a good level, will not be destroyed with one game". Check below for game reports, highlights and other key facts from World Cup 2018 Day 9.
In quite possibly the most remarkable finish to a 2018 FIFA World Cup game yet, Germany scored a dramatic late victor to defeat Sweden and move closer to salvaging a disappointing start to their defense of the title. Germany and South Korea have zero points.
"Sweden's first goal is my fault, I assume the responsibility, but it was fixed by the end, right?" he said.
Germany looked down and out but Kroos produced an injury time victor to redeem himself after a first half error gifted Sweden an opener. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for nearly the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off.
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El Tri followed up their stunning victory over Germany in the Group F opener with a convincing 2-1 win over South Korea on Saturday. "We had the feeling that a lot of people in Germany would have been happy if we'd gone out today, but we don't make it that easy".
"Whether we knock out Germany is one thing, but we have a chance to qualify and that is extraordinary".
Carlos Vela banged home a penalty kick in the first half to put El Tri up 1-0, and Javier Hernandez scored the decisive goal in the second half.
Victory for Sweden against Mexico would secure their place in the knockout stage.
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Alexander Hassenstein/Getty ImagesThe reigning World Cup champions had their backs against the wall against a stubborn Swedish defense, but Germany broke through at the last possible moment to keep their dreams of a repeat title alive.
Kroos passed the ball short to Reus, who stopped it for his team mate to curl it into the top far corner of the goal for a sensational victor deep into stoppage time.
With a win or draw vs. Sweden, Mexico wins the group and advances to the second round.
There will be even more changes against South Korea.
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It went from looking like Mexico and Sweden would be through, and now everything is up for grabs. Under that scenario Sweden would be the group champion and Mexico the group runner-up. Now, the group is wide open.