The first 135 minutes of Germany’s World Cup were about as worse as anyone could’ve possibly imagined. The defending champions were just one half of football away from being ousted from the tournament after just two matches.
Thankfully for Die Mannschaft, they have Real Madrid’s midfield Maestro, Toni Kroos. After Marco Reus fumbled in the equalizer against Sweden just after halftime, it was Kroos who played hero in the dying minutes of second half stoppage time:
#MundialTelemundo ¡En el último suspiro @ToniKroos con un golazo mantiene con vida a #GER! pic.twitter.com/jgf4hczlYT— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) June 23, 2018
Just a few kicks of the ball away from taking a point from two matches and having a ton of work to do to get to the Round of 16, Kroos scored one of the most clutch goals we’ve seen at a World Cup in quite some time. A free kick to the left side of the 18-yard box offered him and Reus the chance to set-up a play. Kroos calmly rolled the ball to Reus, the Dortmund man set the ball up perfectly just inside the box and Kroos curled a cold-blooded shot perfectly over the arms of the goalkeeper.
The goal not only gives Germany a huge three points but puts their World Cup lives in their own hands going into the final round of group matches. What a moment for him.