Kroos the saviour: German messiah celebrated on Twitter

Toni Kroos’ 95th minute goal sparked wild celebrations among German fans; Twitter wasn’t quiet either.

Toni Kroos scored a goal in stoppage time to allow England to sneak past Sweden on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Toni Kroos’ 95th minute goal against Sweden has breathed life into Germany’s faltering World Cup campaign, which looked on its last legs for much of the contest on Saturday night in Sochi. The dramatic winner gave the defending champion a much-needed victory and lifted the team to second in the points table from Group F.

Moreover, Kroos’ goal arrived via an expertly taken free kick that curled gently, evading the defenders and the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper before ending up inside the goal. Many on Twitter relived that moment with re-runs of it, and celebrated what for much of the contest was an unlikely victory.

 

The goal-scorer himself summed up the relief in the German camp with just two words: ‘Still alive’.

 

Kroos’ team-mate Sami Khadira expressed his relief as well. On Twitter, he wrote, “Phew! So important! Now we’re in the tournament...never write us off.”

 

Thomas Muller wrote: “First win at the World Cup. What a goal of Toni Kroos.”

 

Sweden’s official website (sweden.se) congratulated Germany and credits its own team for fighting “like lions.” It wrote: “Congrats, Germany! Free kick by Kroos was top class. Very proud of our Swedes tonight, they fought like lions. Mexico next!”

 

Gary Lineker, the former England striker, had this to say to sum up the contest. “Football is a simple game, 22 men chase the ball for 82 minutes and the Germans get a player sent off so 21 men chase the ball for 13 minutes and at the end the Germans somehow f****** win.”

 

India’s 2008 Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra also enjoyed the contest. Replying to a query on his favourite team on Twitter, he wrote: “Germany. Last night’s match was awesome.”

 

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta appreciated the contest, too. She wrote, “You can never write the Germans off! Wow, what a last minute stunner by Germany and what a goal. Hard luck Sweden.”

 

Indian cricketer Abhishek Nayar wrote, “Unbelievable goal by kroos....what a goal...Germany is back in it.....awesome.”

 

Former-Tennis player Patrick McEnroe wrote: “That goal from Kroos was absolute magic.”