Spain (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Dani Carvajal, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets (capt), Gavi, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo
Germany (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer (capt); Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Suele, Antonio Rudiger, David Raum; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka; Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala
When the World Cup draw got here out in April, one of many highlights of the group stage was Sunday’s Spain vs. Germany match at Al Bayt Stadium.
Eight months later, the sport between the 2 former world champions and pre-tournament favorites gained much more prominence because of Germany’s shocking loss to Japan in its opener in Qatar.
Spain: Simon (GK); Azpilicueta, Rodri, Laporte, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; Torres, Asensio, Olmo
Germany: Neuer (GK); Sule, Rudiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum; Kimmich, Gundigan; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala
One other setback in opposition to Spain this weekend and Germany could also be heading house early for the second straight World Cup. A loss — coupled with not less than a draw by Japan in opposition to Costa Rica earlier Sunday — will imply elimination for the four-time champions.
Spain, in the meantime, will likely be trying to safe its spot within the subsequent stage and reinforce its standing as one of many high title contenders following a formidable 7-0 rout of Costa Rica in its opener.
The indicators aren’t encouraging for Germany. Its most up-to-date match in opposition to Spain was an embarrassing 6-0 defeat within the Nations League two years in the past. Its final win in opposition to “La Roja” got here in a pleasant eight years in the past.
Germany received its fourth World Cup title in 2014 in Brazil however didn’t make it out of the group stage in 2018 after losses to South Korea and México. It might be the primary time it fails to advance previous the group stage in back-to-back tournaments.
Spain received its lone World Cup in 2010 in South Africa and was eradicated within the spherical of 16 in 2018 in Russia. A win in opposition to Germany will permit Spain to succeed in the final 16 if Costa Rica doesn’t defeat Japan.
Expectations round Spain’s younger squad have been raised after its excellent efficiency in opposition to Costa Rica, when the group reintroduced “tiki-taka” ball-possession type and 18-year-old Gavi turned the youngest World Cup scorer since Pelé in 1958.
The seven targets it scored in opposition to Costa Rica matched Spain’s event complete from Russia in 2018.
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“The result gives us a big boost,” Spain coach Luis Enrique stated. “But now we have to play against a Germany team that needs the victory.”
Luis Enrique stated he wasn’t involved together with his younger gamers being overly assured, and promised to make modifications to the beginning lineup for Sunday’s match, with out elaborating.
Winger Leroy Sané might return for Germany after lacking the match in opposition to Japan due to a knee damage. He was again in coaching on Friday, when Germany coach Hansi Flick was in a position to work together with his full 26-player squad.
It will likely be the fifth assembly between the powerhouses at World Cups, with Spain profitable the latest one 1-0 within the semifinals of the 2010 event.
Spain hasn’t misplaced to Germany in official competitions for the reason that 1988 European Championship, with two attracts and three wins since then.
The Germans have misplaced three of their final 4 World Cup matches relationship to the event in Russia.
They made headlines even earlier than kickoff in opposition to Japan by protecting their mouths to protest FIFA’s clampdown on the “One Love” armbands. It was not clear if they might repeat the gesture earlier than the Spain match.
When is the FIFA World Cup match between Spain vs Germany?
The FIFA World Cup Group C match between Spain and Germany will begin at 12:30 am IST on the Al Bayt stadium.
The place to observe the reside telecast of Spain vs Germany within the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India?
The reside telecast of the Group C match between Spain and Germany will likely be accessible on Sports18 in India.
The place to observe the reside stream of Spain vs Germany within the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India?
The reside stream of the Group C match between Spain and Germany will likely be accessible on Jio Cinema in India.