Toni Kroos victor can be catalyst for Germany success - Hummels

Holders Germany lost their World Cup opener to Mexico on Sunday

Holders Germany lost their World Cup opener to Mexico on Sunday

It broke Swedish hearts and may have consigned them to elimination ahead of a meeting with group leaders Mexico in their final group game, but it was a moment to savour for the world champions. We've been watching video footage of England and they're a very tactical outfit, they recover ball possession very quickly, they speed up play very quickly and have a one-touch approach that is unbelievable.

The 10-man reigning champions were in deep trouble when Kroos stepped up to steer in his dramatic victor in the final minute of time added on at Sochi's Fisht Stadium.

Javier Hernandez scored his 50th global goal to help Mexico take a big step towards the last 16 of the World Cup with an impressive win over South Korea, despite Son Heung-min's stunning late strike.

Germany had been inundated with criticism after losing to Mexico in the opening match, but Kroos was pleased to make those who doubted him and his teammates wait for any vindication.

Brazil were the last country to retain the World Cup, in 1962, and Juventus midfielder Khedira responded to the prank by Expressen TV's Ludwig Holmberg by calming declaring: "Thank you, but we won't need them [the tickets]".

From there the Germans launched the attack that led to substitute Jimmy Durmaz tripping Timo Werner and conceding the free kick that set up the chance for Kroos to curl in the victor.

Belgium is unbeaten in three previous World Cup games against African opponents, and a draw against Tunisia in 2002 was the only game it failed to win.

Reus connected with his knee to steer the ball home for the equalizer early in the second half to mark the beginning of a massive German offensive.

Germany could be knocked out if they lose to Sweden depending on Mexico's result in their second pool match against South Korea.

Germany coach Joachim Low said he was not aware of any taunting.

Insane as it seems, all four teams still have a chance to advance on the final day. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for nearly the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off.

Kroos' mistimed pass led to Ola Toivonen's first-half goal for Sweden before Germany fought back in Sochi with a Marco Reus goal before Kroos swung in a free-kick in the fifth minute of added time.

"There's nothing odd to get ready for that match", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. Boateng played the man and not the ball, but there was no penalty given and no recourse to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

However, Khedira refused to let the punchline cross the line, replying "I think we'll need them on the 16th July (the day after the World Cup final)", before walking off. "I didn't see any aggressive gestures".

Mexico, winners of three of its last six, had perhaps the biggest victory in national team history with a 1-0 stunner over Germany.

'We analysed Sweden's game and we are sure we are winning this game'.

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