‘Never write off Germany’ – Reigning champs revive World Cup hopes after last-gasp win in Sochi

23 Jun, 2018 20:36
‘Never write off Germany’ – Reigning champs revive World Cup hopes after last-gasp win in Sochi
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Germany’s 95th-minute winner against Sweden revived their World Cup hopes after they had appeared down and out, subsequently sending social media into a frenzy about never writing off the four-time winners.

If death and taxes are two certainties in life then the Germans reaching the World Cup knockout stages might be added to that list.

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Even when level at 1-1 and down to 10 men deep into injury time in Sochi, with their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread, the Germans stepped up to find a winner through a stunning strike from midfielder Toni Kroos.

The goal means Germany still need a win in their final World Cup game against South Korea, and will have to hope that results go in their favour in the Sweden-Mexico game, but they are still in with a chance in Russia.

After the late drama, social media saluted the Germans’ never-say-die attitude.

Ex-England striker Gary Lineker, who suffered defeat at the hands of the Germans in the 1990 World Cup semi-final, repeated his old adage that football is a simple game that invariably ends with the Germans winning.

Others said the late comeback in Sochi – which began in the 48th minute when Marco Reus canceled out Ola Toivonen’s first-half opener for Sweden – was the mark of true champions.  

The official German FA account showed what the win meant to the team – posting a selection of pictures showing the team’s joy at clinching the win.

Midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was left out of the starting 11 in Sochi after a disappointing performance in the shock opening game defeat to Mexico, tweeted his delight that the team’s World Cup hopes were alive again.   

Others, however, cast a cautionary note that Germany were not out of the woods yet, as they head into their final Group F game against South Korea on three points, level with Sweden but three behind Mexico – with the latter two teams meeting in their final group game.