On the second day of the pool phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in Group F, Germany defied Sweden. Defeated by Mexico in their first game, the Germans had no right to make a mistake this Saturday night in Rostov before the Swedes who wanted to confirm their success against South Korea. After half an hour of play, Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen (0-1, 32 e). The latter cleverly lobes Manuel Neuer.
What a game ! On the edge of the abyss, Germany has gone through all the emotions tonight. Virtually eliminated after toivonen’s goal early in the game, the Germans dominated the game but had all the trouble in the world to break the Swedish defensive curtain.
When Joachim Löw’s players returned from the dressing rooms, they quickly reacted with a lucky goal from Marco Reus ‘ knee, but the draw was not really a good operation : it left the Germans on the verge of elimination, without being in control of their destiny.
After the break, Germany returns to score through Marco Reus (1-1,48). The forward from the Borussia Dortmund scores a knee. At the end of the match, the Germans lost Jerome Boateng. The Defender of Bayern Munich gets a second yellow card that means exclusion (82’).
The expulsion of Jérôme Boateng, warned twice in ten minutes, drove the Germans a little deeper, who never stopped attacking. Julian Brandt first found the post of a powerful shot at the end of the game. At the end of the extra time, after a foul by Durmaz, it was finally Toni Kroos who saved his team, with a magnificent free-kick wrapped in the skylight.
With this success, Germany rebounded in the round of 16, second only to Mexico, while Sweden regressed to third place.