World Cup 2018: Fans are adamant Sweden deserved a spot-kick during defeat to Germany

23 Jun

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.

Kroos’ free-kick may have  put Germany’s World Cup campaign back on track

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.

Boateng appeared to push Berg in the back with the striker clean through on goal

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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