Marco Reus, who scored the first German goal and equalizer against Sweden, was proclaimed the player of the match after Germany beat Sweden 2-1 in Sochi on the second day of Group F. "It was, but now of course we're happy because I think we also deserved the victory".
The world champions were staring elimination at the first hurdle at a World Cup for the first time since 1930 when Kroos stood over a free-kick with 94 minutes on the clock in Sochi.
But Germany would get the last laugh, as Toni Kroos netted the game-winner off of a set piece with mere seconds left in stoppage time.
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Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team's second with nearly the last kick of the match.
Fans danced in the rain in Berlin on Saturday as defending champions Germany avoided an embarrassing World Cup exit with a 2-1 win over Sweden. The ideal pace. The flawless curl, the combo play with Reus catching Sweden by surprise just enough that defenders and goalkeeper Robin Olsen were unable to react.
The game's first tally wasn't pretty by any means, but Ola Toivonen did just enough to put Sweden on top in the 32nd minute.
"We must not doubt our style of play", he said. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for nearly the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off. Even South Korea after two losses could still advance with a win over Germany and help from Mexico.More news: Modric leads revamped Croatia against Iceland
Germany had been inundated with criticism after losing to Mexico in the opening match, but Kroos was pleased to make those who doubted him and his teammates wait for any vindication.
Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung Min curled in for South Korea three minutes into stoppage time but it was too late to mount a fightback.
Defender Mats Hummels was out of action with a neck injury, Jerome Boateng was sent off in the second half and Thomas Mueller did little right on the evening. But Germany's win changes that big time.
"I told them to keep their calm in the next 45 minutes and to not start panicking and try to work long, high balls but to continue with short passes and go vertical to the wings and try to be incisive", Germany coach Joachim Loew told reporters. "We will have to take stock and look at the situation". We will need a couple of days to recover.More news: Kvitova sees off Rybarikova to retain Birmingham title