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FIVE THOUGHTS ON SATURDAY'S PLAY
Don't close the book on Germany just yet: Trailing by a goal to nil, Germany had 45 minutes to turn around its hopes to get out of the group, and boy, it used every second on that clock. The reason for being down? A bad Toni Kroos pass went to the Blue and Yellow, with Ola Toivonen ending the counterattack with a chip past Germany keeper Manuel Neuer in the 32nd minute. Then the turnaround began: Three minutes into the second half, Marco Reus scored off his knee to pull level, but a cynical challenge by Jerome Boateng, already on a yellow card, with 10 minutes of regular time remaining forced referee Szymon Marciniak to show a second yellow, and Boateng was off and Germany down to 10 men. Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen then made an incredible rising save to deny Mario Gomez; four minutes later, the post came to the rescue in stoppage time. But with one of the last German kicks of the match, on an indirect free kick mere inches into the box in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos curled it and got it beyond Olsen to give Die Mannschaft -- they're still in town -- life in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
El Tri wins, needs a result Wednesday: Mexico had loads of possession