Kroos's goal at the death beats Sweden

Sami Khedira Germany 2018 World Cup

Khedira laughs off early flights home joke for Germany

Toni Kroos said his last-gasp victor to seal a dramatic 2-1 win for Germany over Sweden made amends for his earlier mistake and kept the holders' Soccer World Cup dreams alive.

A Swedish television reporter attempted to have a little fun at Germany's expense by handing Khedira a couple of fake airline tickets during an interview on Thursday morning in mock anticipation of Joachim Low's side being forced to catch an early plane home from Russian Federation. "But I'm not blaming anyone tactically or analysing too much right now, there are so many emotions going around".

Kroos' goal from a set piece came in the fifth and final minute of injury time.

"It was just bad luck, " Sweden forward John Guidetti said.

Plenty pointed out that Hernandez may need some singing lessons after today's game against South Korea, but we can't get enough of his face during an intense couple of minutes.

South Korea can finish second place with three points with a win over Germany and a loss by Sweden as long as they win a three-way tiebreaker that starts with goal differential.

"We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify, " Andersson said.

Germany players celebrate after the match against Sweden.

"Something that I did appreciate was that we didn't lose our nerve, we didn't panic after going down".

During a media session in Vatutinki on Thursday afternoon, Expressen reporter Ludvig Holmberg attempted to lure Khedira in by offering both him and his Mannschaft teammates early plane tickets home from the World Cup.

The Swedes were leading Germany at halftime thanks to Ola Toivonen's goal in the 32nd minute at Fisht Stadium.

Germany went down 1-0 early when a Kroos error afforded Sweden a counterattack, off which Marcus Berg scored. There was no formal video review called for.

"You shouldn't celebrate in front of our bench the way they did, that's disrespectful, " Guidetti said. When you tell Mexicans not to do something, they keep on doing it, " fan Carlos Quezada told The Associated Press on Friday. "That's why they apologised, because they knew they did something wrong".

"So I was very angry", he said. "We should have taken the lead in the opening minutes and we failed to do that (but) there is joy now", Kroos told reporters.

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