Germany 2-1 Sweden FIFA World Cup Group F

by Samuel Abasi Posted on June 23rd, 2018

Germany Beat Sweden 2-1 on Saturday in their FIFA World Cup Group F preliminary round football (soccer) match  at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen in the first half after a  passing mistake by German midfielder Toni Kroos near midfield.

Defending champion Germany trailed Sweden 1-0 at halftime and faced the prospect of being eliminated from the World Cup.

Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico.

Germany controlled possession in Sochi but Sweden threatened on counterattacks right from the start.

The Swedes finally capitalized on a fast-break with a goal by Ola Toivonen in the 32nd minute. He controlled the ball with his chest inside the area before sending it over Manuel Neuer as the German goalkeeper charged from the net.

The Swedes had complained of a penalty on Marcus Berg after he appeared to be clipped by Jerome Boateng inside the area just before getting a shot on goal.

Sweden would have qualified along with Mexico if it had held on for victory at Fisht Stadium. That was not to be as Marco Reus equalized for defending champion Germany three minutes into the second half. Reus completed a cross from Timo Warner to level the match at 1-1. Striker Mario Gomez appeared to touch the ball before it got to Reus near the penalty spot. Gomez had entered the match after halftime as Germany coach Joachim Loew tried to boost the team’s attack.

Boateng (germany) was booked for the second time in the 88th minute and received a red card reducing germany to ten players going into injury time. With Germany reduced to ten players, they kept pushing for the badly needed winner. Hector took over as make-shift centre-back for Boateng, which left gaps at left-back obviously.

A dangerous free-kick is given away on the left edge of the penalty area . Toni Kroos rolls it off and hits and stunning curling effort into the far top corner.  2-1 Germany.

Sweden have now lost eight World Cup matches after leading at some point in the match, more than any other team in World Cup history.

“This is probably the heaviest ending to a game in my career. But the whole group is still alive, so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the next match. We still have an excellent chance to qualify. We’re going to do everything we can to achieve that when we get as far as Wednesday. But emotionally right now we are just so disappointed that we didn’t get a single point.” Sweden coach, Janne Andersson, said in the post game presser.

Toni Kroos  95th minute winner revives the defending champions’ hopes of becoming the first side to retain the world cup since Brazil in 1962.

Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico.

A Group F showdown is coming on Wednesday. Three teams can go through, goal difference could play a crucial role, Mexico leads with 6 points, Germany and Sweden are 2nd and 3rd but have 3 points each. Korea Republic is 4th with no point.

There is still no guarantee that Germany will avoid the fate of the last two World Cup holders, with Spain four years ago and Italy in 2010 both being knocked out in the group stage. Not since 1938 have Germany been eliminated from the World Cup in the first round. However, this result, and the manner of it, will provide an almighty boost to the Germans and is a hammer blow to Sweden, who will face off with Mexico in their last match with all still to play for.

A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in 11 cities across Russia between June 14 and July 15.

The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.

Russia is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.  The World Cup is being held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on July 15. The  11 host cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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