Germany player ratings as match-winner Toni Kroos gets 7 and reckless Jerome Boateng just 2

Matt Jones 24/06/2018
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Germany somehow pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat as Toni Kroos’ sumptuous free-kick saw the 10-men champions beat Sweden 2-1.

Ola Toivonen made the unthinkable seem possible when he put Sweden ahead with a delicate chip in the first half.

Marco Reus spearheaded the German revival when he levelled early in the second half.

They surged forward but Sweden were stout in resisting them and Germany’s progress was halted late on when Jerome Boateng stupidly saw red.

Even so, they pulled their fading hopes of progression out of the fire when Kroos rocketed in a thunderous set-piece with seconds remaining.

Here are our Germany ratings:

GERMANY (4-2-3-1)

Manuel Neuer – 7:

Clawed away Berg’s header to prevent his side going in 2-0 down at the break. Sturdy even if his defence wasn’t.

Joshua Kimmich – 6:

Constant outlet in attack as Germany poured forward. Crossing in particular a threat, but struggled to shackle Forsberg.

Jerome Boateng – 2:

A few wild hacks from distance seemed desperate, while he struggled to marshal his back line. Red card was inexplicable.

Antonio Rudiger – 4:

Extremely lucky not to give a penalty away for a clear foul on Berg. Matched his colleague alongside him for how poor he was.

Jonas Hector – 5:

Struggled as Sweden countered continuously. Settled down and got forward in support in the second half.

Sebastian Rudy – 5:

The combative Bayern Munich man was bloodied by Forsberg’s boot and forced off in the first half, much to his dismay.

Toni Kroos – 7:

Uncharacteristically gave away possession and then failed to track back for Sweden’s opener. Improved after break and sublime free-kick won it.

Marco Reus – 7:

Lively and creative from the off. Hauled Germany level within minutes of the restart. Still questioning his inclusion over Ozil?

Thomas Muller – 5:

Early tug on Forsberg went unpunished. Otherwise toiled and tussled with several opponents as he failed to affect proceedings.

Julian Draxler – 6:

Bright, especially when linking up with Reus. But spent most of his time on the field going backwards.

Timo Werner – 7:

His pace and energy posed problems, especially when pushed out wide. Cross caused chaos and was swept in by Reus.

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Ilkay Gundogan – 6:

Came on early and almost immediately contributed with a goal. Anonymous second half though.

Mario Gomez – 6:

Introduction made a difference as he caused havoc in the centre, with Werner excellent out wide. 

Julian Brandt – 7:

Brought on as Germany chased a victory. Unlucky not to be a match-winner as fierce strike cannoned off the post.

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Germany’s World Cup title defence seemed to be in tatters until Toni Kroos’ late winner earned a 2-1 win against Sweden in Group F on Saturday.

Despite Joachim Low’s side dominating possession, Ola Toivonen gave the Swedes a shock lead in the 32nd minute at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Marco Reus then equalised three minutes into the second half but a winner did not seem forthcoming while Jerome Boateng’s sending off for a second booking in the 82nd minute only compounded their misery.

However, Kroos redeemed himself for his part in Sweden’s goal by scoring spectacularly from a free-kick deep into stoppage time.

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Sweden will be gutted to have thrown away a point as Toni Kroos rifled in a sublime stoppage time free-kick to earn 10-man Germany a 2-1 World Cup win.

Ola Toivonen made the unthinkable seem possible when he put Sweden ahead with a delicate chip.

Marco Reus spearheaded the German revival when he levelled early in the second half.

They surged forward but Sweden were stout in resisting them and Germany’s progress was halted late on when Jerome Boateng stupidly saw red.

Even so, they pulled their fading hopes of progression out of the fire when Kroos rocketed in a thunderous set-piece with seconds remaining.

Here are our Sweden ratings:

 

SWEDEN (4-4-2)

Robin Olsen – 8:

Terrific one-handed save to somehow keep out Ilkay Gundogan’s deflected shot. Another spectacular stop from Gomez in the second half. Sublime.

Mikael Lustig – 6:

Had a quiet first half before struggling as Werner wondered out to the left. A solid outing though.

Victor Lindelof – 8:

Brilliantly cut out Reus’s cutback. Sweden’s joint youngest player put in a performance worthy of a veteran.

Andreas Granqvist – 8:

A gritty show in the heart of Sweden’s defence, especially in the face of a second-half onslaught.

Ludwig Augustinsson – 6:

Kept Muller in check easily, but had his hands full with the marauding Reus after the interval.

Viktor Claesson – 5:

Crucial clearance as Germany piled on the pressure. Didn’t offer much in an attacking sense down his right wing.

Sebastian Larsson – 7:

Sparked attacks and kept possession precisely, and was stoic as he put in a shift defensively too.

Albin Ekdal – 6:

Sniped and scurried about the pitch, pinching possession off Germany players and looking to contribute in attack.

Emil Forsberg – 7:

Lovely early pirouette turn and drive into Germany territory laid the foundations for his evening. Constant scourge of the Germans.

Ola Toivonen – 7:

Sensational finish which gave his side the lead was coolness personified. Supported Berg well and always looking to probe.

Marcus Berg – 7:

A handful for Rudiger and Boateng throughout. Header on half-time kept out brilliantly by Neuer. Deserved a goal.

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Jimmy Durmaz – 6:

Almost scored soon after coming on with a lashed effort on goal.

John Guidetti – 6:

Replaced the tireless Toivonen and buzzed around Germany’s defence.

Isaac Thelin – N/A:

Brought on with one minute remaining.

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