World Cup: Germany's World Cup dreams remain alive with last-minute winner against Sweden
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Germany’s dreams of becoming back-to-back World Cup winners have been revived after Sweden conceded a late last-minute winner, bringing them back into contention for qualification for the last 16. Group F has become the one to watch. There is all to play for in the closing matches of the qualifying round, with three of the four teams in the group remaining in contention to reach the final-16. Ola Toivonen’s opening 32-minute goal fired Sweden into an unexpected lead, as the striker chipped the ball over the head of Manuel Neuer, forcing the Germans to chase remainder of the game. As the first half drew to a close, it looked like the Germans had much to fear if the match were to end the way things were standing. The defending champions were staring elimination in the face from the world’s most prestigious tournament before it had even started. As the Germans headed out on the pitch for the start of the second half, swapping in Mario Gómez for Julian Draxler. They appeared dangerous from the off, and it didn’t take long for the Germans to equalise. Joachim Löw’s team talk clearly ignited some more passion into their style of play, as Marco Reus expertly slipped the ball past the Swedish keeper in the 48th minute. With both teams all even on the scoreboard, frustration started to creep back into the Germans game as more and more fouls were being committed on Swedish players, with the Swedes looking more likely to contain the German advances. Jerome Boateng finally received his second yellow card for an unnecessarily physical tackle on Marcus Berg and was sent off by the referee in the 82nd minute. With the Swedish camp beginning their celebrations, with qualification looking more and more likely facing only 10 men, the Germans suddenly pulled an unexpected chance out of the bag in dangerous territory.
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