Germany have survived the Sweden face-off at the Fisht Olympic Stadium by 2-1 to keep their World Cup destiny in their own hands.
After suffering a shocking beating by Mexico, the defending champions found themselves a goal down to Sweden and needed of a big turnaround which they did, leveling up through Marcos Reus and then winning the match in the fifth minute of added time, notwithstanding being reduced to 10 men following Jerome Boateng’s red card.
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Knowing that even a point will leave their hopes of progressing to the round of 16 hanging in the balance, Germany started the game in a dominant style.
Julian Draxler, brought into the side in place of Mesut Ozil as one of four changes following their 1-0 loss to Mexico, turned Joshua Kimmich’s cross goalwards but saw it blocked in front of the target.
Berg and his teammates were furious with the Polish officials, as they felt that Jerome Boateng shoved the striker as he was about to make contact, yet the referee refused to consult the VAR.
The German attacking was unyielding and, unlike in the first half, the Scandinavians did not seem to have an out-ball and were dropping deeper and deeper.