Germany was rescued from the brink of World Cup elimination after Toni Kroos struck a dramatic injury time winner against Sweden.
Joachim Low’s side were looking towards a surprise early exit from the competition having trailed Sweden 0-1 at half time, only for the holders to snatch victory in the 94th minute of the game.
The four-time World Cup winners were rescued by Kroos’ late thunderbolt, which came as a result of a needless free kick on the edge of the Sweden box deep into stoppage time. The Germans, who finished the game with ten men after Jerome Boateng saw red in the 82nd minute, had dominated the match despite Ola Toivonen giving the Swedes the lead in the 32nd minute.
Germany had over 70 per cent of possession in the first half but Sweden always looked the more threatening of the two sides as they managed to muster four shots to their opponents’ seven. While Low’s side dominated the ball, the Swedes were more than happy to sit back and allow the passing to go on in front of them, restricting the reigning World Cup champions to shots from range.
Sweden were never expected to get a victory against Germany but having taken the lead and then conceding the winner so late, they will be understandably aggrieved to not at least come away with a draw. Nevertheless, they can hold their heads up high. They gave a good account of themselves, perhaps only guilty of sitting too deep in the second half and inviting Germany onto them.
The threat they posed on the break though is remarkable. Given the heart they’ve shown in their opening two games, you wouldn’t bet against them progressing despite this defeat. They will have to beat Mexico by a margin greater than Germany beat South Korea for that to happen but it isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has revealed he is in remission having battled against leukaemia for the past year.
The 32-year-old was diagnosed last July during pre-season when a blood test returned an abnormal result.
There has been an outpouring of support for Ikeme since as the illness saw him miss all of last season and a chance to go to the World Cup with Nigeria.
“After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION,” he posted on Instagram, alongside a photographs of him with his children.
“I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me.
“The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words.
“I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and heartlands hospital enough for there care!!!What next who knows… I’m just taking it a day at a time.”
After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION . I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me ❤️ The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words. I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and heartlands hospital enough for there care!!!What next who knows... I’m just taking it a day at a time #Grateful 🙏🏽 #Remission
Ikeme is a product of the Wolves academy and made his first-team debut in 2003, since then he has spent several spells away from the club on loan deals but remains on their books as they return to the Premier League next season.
A number of Wolves players sported ‘Ikeme’ shirts during promotion celebrations as messages of support continue to come in – the club tweeting in reply to his message.
“There have been some fantastic moments this year but this by far tops them all. We’re all delighted for you, @Carl_Ikeme. See you soon,” a tweet from the club’s official account read.
Hoffenheim announced via Twitter that their coach would leave next summer and their Bundesliga rival later tweeted that they would be his destination.
The highly-rated 30-year-old took over at Hoffenheim in October 2015, becoming the Bundesliga’s youngest coach, and led the club to a fourth-placed finish in his first full season in charge.
Last season, Hoffenheim climbed to third, leading to speculation that Nagelsmann would head elsewhere for the chance to coach a high-profile club.
🔵⚪️ #TSG— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) June 21, 2018
Julian #Nagelsmann will leave TSG at the end of the 2018/19 season. The 30-year-old head coach has been in charge of #Hoffenheim's Bundesliga club since 2015.
🌐 More to follow. pic.twitter.com/TxCT3jOUnW
OFFICIAL: Julian #Nagelsmann will become RB Leipzig head coach from the 2019/20 season.— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) June 21, 2018
The 30-year-old joins from @achtzehn99_en and has agreed a contract with #DieRotenBullen until 2023. #Nagelsmann2019 pic.twitter.com/DVRrvBHR4c
“It was important to me to do this early to establish clarity in my relationships,” said Nagelsmann. “I owe it to the club and its employees – as well as the team and the fans – to ensure that this historic upcoming season, in which we will play Champions League football for the first time, does not become dominated by speculation about my future.
“Now that everyone is aware of how things stand, we can concentrate on the tough tests in a professional fashion. Everyone is aware that I will give everything for TSG until the very last second of my time here and will do everything to achieve our ambitious aims.”