South Korea v Germany

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring their winner. REUTERS  Michael Dalder

Germany were in real danger of a group-stage exit from the tournament, with a draw only likely to give them a temporary reprieve, until Kroos curled in a 95th-minute free-kick to take the points last night.

As for South Korea, their unenviable task has been made even more hard by the news midfielder Ki Sung-yueng will miss out with a calf injury which rules him out for two weeks.

Germany held its breath, and Toni Kroos delivered.

That equalled the best appearance by Mexico at a World Cup.

South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches in a row, their joint-worst run - they also lost four in a row between 1986 and 1990. I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy.

However, Germany manager Low has insisted that the Arsenal star still does have a role to play for his side at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

He may even be partnered with club teammate Niklas Sule, given Antonio Rudiger's shaky performance against Sweden. Joachim Low has to be tempted to bring in Mario Gomez but I wouldn't.

My belief that Germany can win this tournament hasn't wavered, despite their brush with disaster. German defender Mats Hummels, who missed the Sweden match, returned to training and is expected to play in this one.

If Mexico and South Korea win, the three bottom teams would be tied.




Germany scored a last-minute, stoppage-time goal against Sweden to save their World Cup hopes on Saturday.

Group F plays before this group on Thursday, so these teams will know who has won that group.

Over 2.5 Goals is priced at [1.57] here, which is a bit too short of be of interest.

Sweden had been able to contain every attack Germany managed to throw at them, but in the final seconds, Kroos took his chance on a set piece to go around them instead and made the most of it. They rediscovered their pace and intensity in attack, as Sweden found themselves hemmed in.

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has blasted critics and the Swedish national team after his sensational last-gasp victor sparked wild scenes at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday.

"He's just an extremely important player for us".

But after a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil needed two injury-time goals to pull out a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica.

South Korea's only victory against Germany came in a friendly match in 2004 (3-1).

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