Tony Kroos salvaged Germany from an injury time free-kick that rekindled Germany’s hope of reaching the round of 16 when it almost looked lost.
Prior to that goal, Germany looked like becoming the third defending champion that was not going to reach the knockout stage before that goal came but was Kroos goal a clear sign that they hope to retain the title.
Germany who have now secured their first point in Russia still need to beat South Korea and hope Sweden fail to beat Mexico in the final round of Group F games on Wednesday.
The match was indeed a thriller, full of emotion, a rollercoaster right up until the final whistle,” said Germany head coach Joachim Low, who found it difficult to believe that his side would struggle to get a win.
The blast of the final whistle ushered more serious tension as Sweden manager Janne Andersson said his side should have had a penalty for a foul on Marcus Berg.
More so, he claimed that the conduct of the German players from the bench against his side after Kroos scored was rude.
“They got into our faces making gestures and that really got me angry – we were all annoyed,” BBC Sport quoted Janne Anderson.
“We fought it out for 90 minutes and at the end you should shake hands and leave – so we were very angry with their reaction.”