Toni Kroos’ Insane Game-Winner Saved Germany’s World Cup

Bryan Brandom
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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.

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.

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.