Kroos: From villain to hero

Toni Kroos went from villain to hero during Germany’s 2-1 win against Sweden, but the Real Madrid man seemingly accused his country of a lack of support.

Kroos lost the ball cheaply in the build-up to Ola Toivonen’s opener before scoring a winning free kick in the fifth minute of injury time, but while the 28-year-old found it ‘amazing’ to have rescued his country, he suggested ‘a lot of people were going to be happy in Germany if Sweden knocked us out.’

“Sweden’s first goal was my fault and I take responsibility for it, but I fixed it in the end, right?” the midfielder asked after the game.

“Scoring the winner? It was amazing, I had the feeling that a lot of people were going to be happy in Germany if they eliminated us, but we’re not going to make it so easy for them. They won’t throw us out so easily.

“When you touch the ball 400 times, it’s normal that you can misplace two balls, but I take responsibility for my mistake.

“It was a good free kick to win, but I thought we had to change tactics. We put on many central attackers and still hadn’t scored.

“Sweden were also ready to defend, so we had to try to shoot and from there came he goal.

“There’s no doubt about that. The joy was immense because it was an important goal for the team.”

Tags 2018 World Cup Germany Sweden Toni Kroos