Video: The World Champions script an enthralling comeback to keep the knockout hopes alive

The determination of the Germans hands them a massive lift towards a Round of 16 slot.


The reigning World Champions, Germany have thrilled the football world after making an absolutely stunning comeback to secure a 2-1 victory over Sweden.

Following the worst possible start to the campaign after losing to Mexico, Germany had to go for all out to keep their round of 16 hopes alive. Reportedly, the under pressure, German manager Joakim Low had made some changes in his starting XI with the inclusion of Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, and Jonas Hector. Apart from that, he had to go for an obvious substitution of Mats Hummels due to his injury and it forced him to promote the Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in the starting line-up.

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The game started in a very difficult manner for the world champions as they failed to convert any of the chances in the first half. They were extremely lucky when the referee and VAR failed to locate Jerome Boateng’s push on Marcus Berg inside the box and denied Sweden a genuine spot-kick. Yet, the Swedes maintained their counter-attacking display and the Germans were put under tremendous pressure following the departure of Sebastian Rudy in the 31st minute of the game following a bleed injury. No sooner did the midfielder leave the field than Germany conceded a goal from a counter on 32nd minute of the game. The Toulouse forward Ola Toivonen scored with a chipped finish over the German skipper Manuel Neuer.

In the second half, there were different sparks in the Germany players. They started with a drastic attitude and equalized in the 48th minute following a clever finish from the Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus. In spite of so many attacks, the reigning champions were unable to find the winner following some humiliating misses from their forwards and some compact defending approaches by the Swedish defense. In the 82nd minute of the game, Germany were down to ten men as the defender Jerome Boateng was shown marching orders following a second yellow card. The thriller came to an end in the 95th minute of the game, when the Real Madrid midfield maestro Toni Kroos curled the ball into the back of the net beating the fingertips of the last man on the goal Robin Olsen. With this scoreline, Germany have made a comeback into the tournament and brightened their chances of proceeding to the next round.

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Germany vs Sweden Team News:

Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Antonio Rudiger, Jonas Hector (87′); Sebastian Rudy (31′), Toni Kroos; Thomas Muller, Julian Draxler (46′), Marco Reus; Timo Werner.

Germany Subs: Kevin Trapp, Marc-Andre Ter Stegan, Marvin Plattenhardt, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter, Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan (31′), Leon Goretzka, Sami Khedira, Julian Brandt (87′), Mario Gomez (46′).

Sweden (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Nilsson Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Victor Claesson (74′), Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg (90′), Ola Toivonen (78′).

Sweden Subs: Karl-Johan Johnson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Martin Olsson, Emil Krafth, Filip Helandar, Pontus Jansson, Jimmy Durmaz (74′), Marcus Rohden, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, John Guidetti (78′), Issac Kiese Thelin (90′).

Germany vs Sweden Match Highlights:

Germany vs Sweden Match Facts:

Germany Sweden
Goals 2 1
Ball Possession 76% 24%
Total shots 18 7
Accurate passes 601 154
Pass success 89% 70%
Fouls 12 13
Corners 8 3
Offsides 5 2
Shots on target 6 5
Shots off target 5 1
Blocked shots 7 1
Shots woodwork 1 0
Shots inside box 11 6
Shots outside box 7 1