Slaying Brazil to scoring a stunner against Sweden – Memorable matches of Toni Kroos for Germany

The midfield maestro brought down the curtain on his international career after Germany’s defeat to England at Euro 2020 round of 16

It wasn’t the ideal end to a magnificent international career of German midfielder Toni Kroos who hang up his boot in international after Germany’s Euro 2020 round of 16 defeat to England.

Kroos played 106 matches for his national team where he scored 17 goals in an 11-year long career and is certainly one of the finest players ever to don the German shirt.

While the 31-year-old star’s ‘last dance’ for the German national team ended, he played several memorable matches in international football.

Here, we take a look at four such memorable matches of Kroos for Germany.

Portugal 4-0 Germany - 2014 World Cup

#5 Portugal 4-0 Germany – 2014 World Cup

One of the most memorable matches that Toni Kroos played donning the Germany shirt is the 2014 World Cup’s opening match against Portugal which the Germans had won 4-0. Thomas Muller was the star attraction of the game scoring a hat-trick but Toni Kroos provided two assists in the game and completely dominated the midfield.
Germany 6-1 Republic of Ireland - International friendly

#4 Germany 6-1 Republic of Ireland – International friendly

Germany thrashed Republic of Ireland 6-1 in an international friendly match in 2012. Toni Kroos once again controlled the game and capped it with two stunning goals from the edge of the box to seal a memorable win for the German side.

Brazil 1-7 Germany - 2014 World Cup

#3 Brazil 1-7 Germany – 2014 World Cup

The 2014 World Cup semifinal tie against Brazil is to date one of the most iconic matches in the history of World Cup and German football. At Brazil’s home, Germany outclassed them 7-1 to qualify for the final. Toni Kroos scored two brilliant goals in that historic match at Rio de Janeiro.
Germany 2-1 Sweden - 2018 World Cup

#2 Germany 2-1 Sweden – 2018 World Cup

Arguably the greatest performance of Toni Kroos for Germany came against Sweden in a 2018 World Cup group stage clash. After a shock defeat to Mexico in their tournament opener, Germany were a goal behind in the first half and were staring at a second consecutive defeat. Marco Reus equalised early in the second half but it Toni Kroos scored a stunner from the left edge of the penalty box to seal an important win for the Germans.
Germany 4-0 Belarus - Euro 2020 qualifier

#1 Germany 4-0 Belarus – Euro 2020 qualifier

Germany qualified for Euro 2020 with a brilliant 4-0 victory over Belarus and it was Toni Kroos who led the charge.

After Matthias Ginter opened the scoring, Leon Goretzka was set up for the second by a beautiful Kroos pass. The Real Madrid midfielder then went on to score a brace in the second half to seal the win for Germany.

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