Things looked bleak for Germany a game and a half into the 2018 World Cup.
Trailing Sweden 1-0 in their second match of group play, the perennial favorites were on the path to elimination.
Then Marco Reus drew the sides even early in the second period.
Marco Reus gets the equalizer for Germany!
Game on. pic.twitter.com/ToG82iXd4A
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 23, 2018
Still, following a loss to Mexico in Germany’s first game, a draw would have left their advancing to elimination play in doubt.
But the chances of victory took another hit in the 82nd minute, when Jerome Boateng got sent off for a second yellow card.
Down a man and seconds from immense disappointment, Toni Kroos came to his side’s rescue with just the filthiest goal of the tournament, off a free kick.
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018
Germany’s never lost their first two matches of a World Cup. And they haven’t failed to make it out of group play since 1938.
Thanks to Kroos’ magic, his team is back in control of its World Cup destiny. A win should put them through, though if Sweden also beats Mexico, goal differential will eliminate one of the three sides.