Toni Kroos and Germany will be advancing to the Round of 16 after drawing 2-2 with Hungary on Wednesday night in Munich.
The Germans got off to a worrisome start as they trailed 1-0 just after the ten minute mark off a great, long cross was headed in by Adam Szalai. Kroos played off of Hungary’s Roland Sallai, which allowed him to send in the cross. A Hungary win would send the Germans home if the result would stand.
It would take all the way until 65 minutes played before Kai Havertz responded with the equalizer. However, Germany found themselves in immediate trouble again as they allowed a goal to Andras Schafer right off of the kick off.
Kroos would almost find the tying goal himself off a wonderful give-and-go between him and Robin Gosens. Kroos sent the ball just wide of the Hungarian netminder in the 81st minute.
It would be Leon Goretzka, who subbed on for Ilkay Gundogan in the second half, who would be the hero for Germany after scoring the equalizing goal in the 83rd minute. The goal sealed the 2-2 result and secured the Germans spot in the Round of 16.
Despite the even result, Germany did dominate this match in pretty much every facet. The Germans double the amount of attempted shots 18-9 and held an impressive 76% possession.
Germany has much room to improve despite advancing past the group stage. Their attack was stagnant throughout most of the match. The majority of the shots attempted were poor quality and they failed to generate high-quality chances.
Kroos generated over 100 passes and had a match-high four chances created, but still Germany was unable to convert overall. With all the possession Germany held, they must be able to convert this into something tangible on the scoresheet. The defense must find improvement as well.
The Germans and Kroos will soon face England in the Round of 16 when they travel to Wembley Stadium next Tuesday. Germany must bring their top performances with them because the opponents only get tougher from here on out.