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Germany Vs Sweden – Holders Back On Track In A Thriller As Sweden Give Them A Run For Their Money

Germany Vs Sweden, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

The Defending Champions won it in deep stoppage time against Sweden, thanks to a Toni Kroos stunner as the World Cup served another thriller. Die Manschafts came back to defeat the blue-yellow in the Germany Vs Sweden clash when they took a shocking first half lead courtesy to a well finished goal by Toivonen.

Germans started the second half brilliantly which resulted in a quick equalizer scored by Marco Reus, starting in his first FIFA World Cup game. Soon, Boateng was shown his second yellow in the latter stages of the second half but the Germans never gave up. They won a free kick in 90+5′ and Kroos made the most of it by a brilliant curling effort into the top corner of the Swedish’s goal.

Here are the five things you need to know to about the Germany Vs Sweden nail-bitter:

1. Manuel Neuer’s Fitness Should Never Be Doubted

Many doubted whether the veteran goalkeeper is fit to start in this World Cup and he proved all of them wrong by putting up a brilliant a performance in the Germany Vs Sweden thriller which consisted of many crucial saves, most considerably the one at end of the first half which would have probably killed the game for the Germans. The German Captain did step up when it mattered the most.

2. What’s Wrong With Gerome Boateng

World Cup winner with the Germans in 2014, the Bayern Munich centre-back surely played a big role in 2014 and is one of the most trusted names in football when it comes to defense. It did look the same until now in this World Cup as he was not disciplined at the back resulting him being sent off in the Germany Vs Sweden game.

He made many rash tackles and the partnership between him and Rudiger didn’t look well too. A double yellow-card means he will be sitting out for the final group stage game versus South Korea, although it’s going to be difficult for him to get back into the starting XI now due to suck low-key performances.

3. Dream Moment For Sweden And Toivonen

Although Sweden lost the Germany Vs Sweden game, it was one of those moments of jubilation for Sweden and especially Toivonen, whose goal almost sent Sweden through. Ola Toivonen, the name you might have never heard, played for Sunderland in 2015-16 season making just 12 appearances for them and played for Toulouse last season.

Sweden almost repeated the heroics of 1958 where they beat the Germans in the Semi-finals but eventually lost to Brazil in the final. Nothing significant has come for The Blagult after that and this could have been a repetition of that dream moment for them.

4. Kroos To The Rescue

Being anonymous throughout the game, Toni Kroos trumped when the Germans needed him the most and it was a stunner. The Real Madrid midfielder, whose irresponsibility lead to the build up of the goal scored by the Swedes, lined up for the free kick in the dying minutes of the Germany Vs Sweden game and few would have expected that he could score.

That goal was the second goal Germany has scored the whole World Cup till now and will probably be the most important one in their whole FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign. Toni Kroos stepped up when it mattered and that moment will surely breathe new life in the German Camp.

5. Emil Forsberg Is Ready To Replace Ibrahimovic As Sweden’s News Talisman

Sweden has stepped out of Zlatan’s shadow when the veteran announced his retirement after a record of 62 goals in 116 appearances, being the all time leading goal scorer for the Blagult and that has left a big void in their team. If anyone who can take over, its Emil Forsberg who is known to be one of the most exciting wingers in football at the moment and is the ideal candidate to fill that void.

The 26 year-old who plies his trade with RB Leipzig, is known for his tremendous work rate and pace and is already linked to clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool, all substance to his goals and assists. If there’s anyone who can take over the Zlatan mantle, Forsberg is the only one who comes to Sweden’s disposal.

Group F Situation:

As we come to the final matches of the group stages, lets see what the teams need to do in order to qualify for the knockout stages.

Surprisingly, Mexico are not qualified yet for the Round of 16, courtesy to the result we got in the Germany Vs Sweden game.

El Tri has it all in their hands and a win or even a draw in their final match of their group stages will send them through as the leaders. Also, even if they lose and South Korea beat Germany, which seems like unimaginable although nothing is unimaginable in this FIFA World Cup, they’ll qualify eventually.

It all gets complicated when they lose and Germany wins. If Germany and Sweden both win 1-0, then all the top 3 teams will have the same points and +1 GD. According to the standard tie breaking rules, Germany and Sweden will qualify in this scenario.

If Mexico and South Korea both win, then Germany, South Korea and Sweden will have same points and maybe the same goal difference. It will then come down to the head-to-head between these three countries.

In simpler terms, all four countries have a chance to qualify if they win their final game, South Korea having the least likely chance among them.

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Saish Mandavkar
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