Germany apologised for reaction aimed at Sweden bench

Toni Kroos' stoppage-time winner for Germany on Saturday was followed by clashes on the touchline, with the DFB issuing an apology.

Germany bench celebrate Kroos' goal   -  Getty Images

The German Football Association (DFB) apologised for the reaction towards the Sweden bench following its dramatic 2-1 win on Saturday.

Toni Kroos scored a brilliant free-kick in the 95th minute as reigning champion Germany came from behind to significantly boost its hopes of making the knockout stages.

The celebrations were quickly overshadowed on the final whistle as ugly scenes broke out on the touchline, forcing the officials to intervene.


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.

Joachim Low stated that he had not witnessed the incident in his post-match news conference, but the DFB issued an apology.

"It was an emotional game. In the end, one way or another, the reaction and behaviour from our staff towards the Sweden bench was too emotional. That's not our style. We have already apologised to the Sweden coach and his team for it," a statement tweeted on the Germany team's official account read.

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