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Germany keeps World Cup hopes alive with Toni Kroos free kick

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Germany survive. Kroos is the hero.

Germany v Sweden: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Germany needed a victory to keep their World Cup hopes alive in Russia, and Toni Kroos stepped up and delivered when it mattered the most. His 95th minute free kick goal gave 10-man Germany a 2-1 victory and pulled them level on points in the group with Sweden.

It was another slog of a match for Germany. Once again, they absolutely dominated possession for 90 minutes only to get caught out on the counter and concede goals. Marco Reus scored the opener for Germany just after halftime to give the team some hope, and they poured it on from there.

After Jerome Boateng was sent off for a second yellow on a dumb foul, Jogi Löw brought on Julian Brandt for Jonas Hector and was determined to find that second goal. Germany won a free kick in stoppage time just outside the box, and Kroos and Reus stood over the ball.

Then, this happened.

Mexico and Sweden will play each other in the final matchday, while Germany will face South Korea. All Germany can do is focus on taking all three points against South Korea and then let the chips fall where they may.