With Germany and Sweden tied 1-1 in the dying seconds of Saturday's World Cup Group F encounter, the Real Madrid midfielder stepped up to take a free-kick on the side of the penalty area.

"I had the feeling that a lot of people would be happy in Germany if they eliminated us, but we are not going to make it so easy for them", Kroos told reporters after the game.

"We missed a couple of good chances but I appreciated the spirit of the team, we never lost hope of winning the match".

Sweden sits second on the group log following their victory over South Korea in the opening game and a win today means they have a place in the next stage. Mexico leads Group F with six points, and Germany and Sweden both have three.

"Of course this was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up until the final whistle", Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

"There's nothing odd to get ready for that match", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

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"We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify and we will do everything to achieve that", Andersson said.

For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if it would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third straight defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage.

Mexico, shock winners over Germany in their opening game, went ahead in the 26th minute when Vela sent goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way from the spot after Andres Guardado's cross hit the outstretched arm of Jang Hyun-soo at close range.

Werner played as a lone striker against Mexico, before being replaced four minutes from time by Julian Brandt.

Germany's lack of pace in defence and inability to cope with fast counter attacks was exposed, with Mats Hummels complaining that often it was just him and Jérôme Boateng at the back having to face a flood of opposition attackers.


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