Watch Toni Kroos save Germany's World Cup hopes with last-minute goal

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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late victor to come from behind and beat Sweden 2-1 on Day 10 of the World Cup after the defending champions were reduced to 10 men. Mexico faces Sweden and Germany takes on winless South Korea in the final group matches.

However, Sweden had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee in the 16th minute when Boateng appeared to bring Marcus Berg down just when the Al Ain striker was bearing down on goal.

The Germans scored a stoppage time victor through Toni Kroos to snatch a 2-1 victory over the Swedes and hand themselves a lifeline for a spot in the knockout stage after having suffered a shock opening loss to Mexico.

Under-fire Germany star Sami Khedira on Thursday laughed off a cheeky offer of early flights home for the holders from a Swedish reporter ahead of their crunch World Cup clash. The situation will create a lot of scoreboard watching on Wednesday when Mexico and Sweden play in Yekaterinburg and Germany and South Korea meet in Kazan.

Germany, with the 2-1 win, are right back in the thick of things in Group F. With the win over Sweden, Germany are now on track to advance to the Round of 16, as it controls its own destiny.

"But the whole group is still alive so we have to lick our wounds and come back from the next one", said the Sweden coach.

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Loew described Khedira as "indispensable" before the World Cup started but the midfielder is aware of criticism levelled both at him and Kroos from Germany's defence.

Neuer saved the Germans from being 2-0 down at halftime, diving acrobatically to deflect Berg's header from Sebastian Larsson's stoppage-time free kick.

Kroos passed the ball short to Reus, who stopped it for his team mate to curl it into the top far corner of the goal for a sensational victor deep into stoppage time. South Korea, meanwhile, will be eliminated if Sweden wins or draws.

When the group fixtures were announced, this was one of the games pundits expected to be easy for the reigning world champions but their shocking 1-0 loss to Mexico has made this encounter an unpredictable one.

After the emotional highs of beating Germany in their opening game, there was no hangover in Rostov as Juan Carlos Osorio's men kept South Korea at arm's length despite some rough treatment from the Asians and deservedly claimed another three points.

It went from looking like Mexico and Sweden would be through, and now everything is up for grabs. Now, the group is wide open.

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