Kroos scores stoppage-time winner for Germany

Kroos scores stoppage-time winner for Germany

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Moscow, June 23 (AP/UNB) — Toni Kroos has scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Germany a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Sweden at the World Cup. Kroos curled a right-foot shot inside the far post after a set piece.
Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico.
Defending champion Germany is playing Sweden with 10 men after defender Jerome Boateng was sent off in the 82nd minute.
Boateng was shown a second yellow for a hard challenge on Sweden striker Marcus Berg. Boateng had been shown his first yellow earlier in the second half.
Germany needs at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico.
Mexico forward Carlos Vela is savouring his first goal at a World Cup for a lot of reasons.
Vela missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil after a fallout with team officials that started when he wasn’t picked for the 2013 Confederations Cup. So the L.A. Galaxy player appreciates his inclusion this time around in Russia.
Vela dedicated his goal against South Korea on Saturday to his maternal grandfather, who died last weekend at age 80. In Vela’s second World Cup, he converted a penalty in the 26th minute to open the scoring for Mexico in a 2-1 win.
Vela wrote on Instagram: “Latest victory that you got to see, grandpa, I hope you were very proud of me.”
He also said after the win that “there have been difficult times for my family and that’s why I’ve enjoyed today’s triumph a lot and to the fullest.”
It was Vela’s 19th goal for Mexico and his first since Oct. 10. Vela has now played in five World Cup matches, including three in 2010 in South Africa.
Marco Reus has equalized for defending champion Germany three minutes into the second half against Sweden.
Reus completed a cross from Timo Warner to level the match at 1-1.
Striker Mario Gomez appeared to touch the ball before it got to Reus near the penalty spot.
Gomez had entered the match after halftime as Germany coach Joachim Loew tried to boost the team’s attack.
Mexico has beaten South Korea 2-1 to take the lead in Group F and move into a strong position to advance to the knockout stage.
Carlos Vela scored from the penalty spot in the 26th minute and Javier Hernandez doubled the lead when he scored in the 66th, his 50th goal for Mexico.
Son Heung-min got a concession for the Koreans in injury time, firing a powerful shot past Guillermo Ochoa.
It was the second victory for Mexico, following its upset over defending champion Germany, and the second defeat for South Korea.
Germany faces Sweden in the group’s other game later Saturday in Sochi.
Mexico has made it 2-0 in the 66th minute against South Korea after Hirving Lozano sprinted forward and found Javier Hernandez, who skipped past defenders and hit the ball low past goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo.
It’s the 50th career international goal for Hernandez, known as “Chicharito.”
The goal came somewhat against the run of play as South Korea had been pressuring the Mexican end looking for an equalizer.
Carlos Vela’s penalty kick put Mexico up in the first half.
The England team has asked for clarity from FIFA over the application of video replays at the World Cup after concerns about penalty decisions in its victory over Tunisia.
England relied on Harry Kane’s stoppage-time goal to beat Tunisia 2-1 in its opening game. With the score locked at 1-1 after Tunisia equalized from a penalty, Kane was twice wrestled to the ground but was not awarded a spot kick.
It was unclear how the Video Assistant Referee system, being used for the first time at a World Cup, was used to assess whether fouls were committed. English Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth exchanged emails with FIFA head of refereeing Massimo Busacca on the issue.
England coach Gareth Southgate says “we are very comfortable with the responses we have had.”
Southgate says “there’s always this element of which bits are going to be referred and which bits aren’t which seems to be open to interpretation, but it really isn’t something we can control.”
England plays Panama on Sunday and Southgate says “It’s a bit of a different dynamic for everybody, but we have to abide by all the decisions that are given.”
Mexico is in nearly complete control over South Korea at halftime at the World Cup despite just a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Carlos Vela penalty kick.
The forward scored from the spot in the 26th minute after defender Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while sliding to block an Andres Guardado cross.
The South Koreans managed successive counterattacks by targeting striker Son Heung-min but caused few problems for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Mexico upset Germany to start the tournament and would be in strong position to advance with another win. South Korea lost its opening match.
Brazil says Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the team’s decisive match against Serbia on Wednesday.
Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Saturday that Costa has a right thigh injury and Danilo is nursing a right hip problem. Danilo had already missed the match against Costa Rica on Friday.
Neither will travel with the rest of the squad for the match against Serbia in Moscow. They will remain at the team’s base in Sochi for treatment.
Lasmar said Costa’s injury, sustained against Costa Rica, was a bit more serious, although he did not mention a timetable for his recovery.
Prior to the World Cup, Japan coach Akira Nishino said it would take a miracle of sorts for his team to beat Columbia.
Yet even after Japan’s surprise 2-1 victory over the Columbians, it is again the underdog as it prepares for a pivotal matchup with Senegal.
That doesn’t mean Nishino is fearful of a team he says is physically superior.
“Senegal has some superstars,” Nishino said Saturday. “But as a team, we’re going to deal with them and cope with them.”
The teams have met three times in their history, all in friendlies, but haven’t played in 15 years.
One of the biggest challenges for Japan will be trying to contain Liverpool winger Sadio Mane. Nishino said that may require some creativity and numbers.
“It may not be 1-on-1,” the coach said. “It may be 3-on-1.”
The cabin of a plane carrying Peruvian soccer fans at the World Cup filled with smoke as the aircraft prepared for landing in a Siberian city.
The Interfax news agency says the incident occurred as the plane was coming in to land in Tyumen. The flight originated in Yekaterinburg and the Peru fans were to transfer in Tyumen to a flight to Moscow, the report said.
The plane, a twin-turboprop ATR-72 flown by the UTAir airline, landed safely, the agency said. Citing national aviation agency Rosaviatsiya, the report said the smoke came from overheated oil in one of the plane’s engines.
There was no fire and no injuries were reported. Peru lost 1-0 to France at Yekaterinburg, ending its chances of progressing to the knockout stage
The Saudi World Cup squad had a similar experience flying between St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don earlier in the week.
Russia’s federal agency for air traffic said an engine burst into flames during landing on the Airbus aeroplane, but no emergency procedures were required.
The aircraft landed with both of its engines working and the passengers disembarked normally, the agency’s statement said.
Silva, who was captain for the game under coach Tite’s captaincy rotation policy, added: “I was very sad about that insult.”
Neymar scored Brazil’s second goal in the seventh minute of injury time, his first of the tournament and 56th overall for Brazil.
Brazil is level with Switzerland on four points in Group E and next plays Serbia.
Dele Alli has returned to practice with the England squad but carried out individual drills away from the main group, keeping him in doubt for the World Cup match against Panama.
The midfielder hurt his thigh in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday and didn’t practice with the group for four days.
Alli participated in warm-up routines on Saturday and later worked alone on his fitness.
England coach Gareth Southgate has said Alli is unlikely to feature against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

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