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Toni Kroos lauded for his record-breaking goal

Germany legend lauds Toni Kroos for his record-breaking goal vs Sweden

June 23, 2018 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Now how about that for a winner!

Calm, composed and collected. It's almost like he has ice running through his veins! Die Mannschaft midfield kingpin, Toni Kroos kept it late to keep his side's hope of progressing to the knockout phase alive.

Having been reduced to 10 men with Jerome Boateng's sending off, Marco Reus instigated Germany's comeback quest by equalizing Ola Toivonen's superb lob. With all seemingly lost and both sides nearly sharing the spoils, Kroos stepped up in the 95th minute to bag a sensational free-kick to complete the turnaround for his side. 

The goal which gave Joachim Low's men their first win of this year's tournament has since made waves around the world considering its significance. Per football's historical archives, Toni Kroos's strike which made its way over the goal line at exactly 94:42 was the latest World Cup goal ever scored by Germany during regulation time (excluding extra time).

Justifiably so Die Mannschaft and Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus was full of admiration for the 27-year-old midfielder for his late stunner.

"You asked who's the leader in this German team and it is Toni Kroos," Matthaus said on BeIN.

"He did a mistake which led to Sweden's goal but he tried hard until he made it up. He has 4 Champions Leagues because he's a leader.

"We have Caesar Beckenbauer and I call Kroos the King."

Germany's win blew Group F wide open with each nation having a game left to play. The defending champions are tied at three points apiece with Sweden. Mexico still leads the pack with six points after their 2-1 win over South Korea who is yet to win a game and will take on the Germans in their last game.

 

 


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