Reigning champions Germany live to fight another day at the 2018 World Cup after coming from behind to earn a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden.
Goals from Marco Reus and a stoppage-time free-kick from Toni Kroos saw the four-time winners escape elimination after Ola Toivonen’s lob gave the Swedes a half-time lead.
It was a competitive game that spilled over at the final whistle which saw Sweden boss Janne Anderson get involved in a touchline scuffle with some members of the German coaching staff.
One of the main sources of Swedish frustration was an incident in the first-half which saw Jerome Boateng appear to push Marcus Berg in the back when the striker was about to unleash a shot at Manuel Neuer in the box.
Referee Szymon Marciniak was unconvinced and did not award a penalty – a decision which has outraged many fans.
Boateng was sent off in the second-half after receiving a second yellow for a nasty tackle on Berg from behind but all the momentum was with Germany by that point.
What upset some fans on Twitter was the fact that the first-half incident was not subject to a VAR review – which has been brought in for the first time at a World Cup finals.
Below you can see more tweets criticising the decision not to award Sweden a penalty and the decision to not let the Video Assistant Referee have another look at it.
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