Germany apologizes for Sweden gestures

Rex Christensen
June 25, 2018

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The Toulouse winger, 29, came on after 74 minutes before giving away the late free-kick from which Toni Kroos gave the holders a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Sweden and Germany are both on three points with leaders Mexico on six heading into the final group games meaning there is all to play for - including, mathematically, for bottom team South Korea who are without a point.

"I think that's an impression we have that many people in Germany were looking forward to us bowing out of the tournament here", Reus said. "I'm proud to represent my country", he said. "It's bad luck. It's completely idiotic to give him hatred because of it", striker John Guidetti said.

Despite his individual error in the build-up to Sweden's goal, Kroos was praised by his teammates for his mental strength in the aftermath of the match.

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Defeat for Germany, which lost its opening group game against Mexico, would have led to it failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938.

Marco Reus equalised in the 48th minute, meeting a low cross from Timo Werner, and despite having Jerome Boateng sent off in the 82nd minute, Germany kept going and Kroos earned them a famous win.

Sweden coach Janne Anderson claimed some members of Germany's coaching staff had ran to celebrate in front of them, while others made gestures towards them.

"We were criticised a lot, justifiably so in part, and a lot of people in Germany would have been pleased if we had gone out today", said Kroos, who admitted there is still room for improvement.

"Maybe there was unnecessary anger (from me), but they apologized afterward so it's just a case of accepting it. There were a lot of feelings in the heat of the moment".

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