Germany gave itself hope of avoiding one other early World Cup exit when it snatched a 1-1 draw with Spain as substitute Niclas Fullkrug fired dwelling an 83rd minute equaliser that cancelled out Alvaro Morata’s opener.
The end result leaves Germany dealing with a must-win match in opposition to Costa Rica in 4 days’ time and likewise means Spain has but to ebook its spot within the knockout part of the event.
Germany was trying at risk of struggling one other early exit from the World Cup, after being eradicated following the group stage in 2018, earlier than Fullkrug took benefit of Jamal Musiala’s battling within the field to fireplace excessive into the web previous Unai Simon in Spain’s purpose.
Morata, himself a substitute, had elevated the jeopardy for the Germans when he neatly flicked in a cross by Jordi Alba within the 62nd minute.
The Spaniards regarded extra relaxed from the beginning, reducing by Germany with their angled passing, and Dani Olmo virtually created an early breakthrough within the seventh minute however his shot was palmed onto the bar by Manuel Neuer.
Germany went into its encounter in opposition to Spain on the Al Bayt Stadium underneath immense stress after struggling a shock defeat to Japan in its opening match.
Hanse Flick’s males thought that they had taken an unlikely lead within the thirty ninth minute when defender Antonio Rudiger powered in a header from a Joshua Kimmich free kick, however the German celebrations had been minimize brief as VAR shortly dominated that he was offside.
Spain goalkeeper Simon was compelled into his first save within the 56th minute when the 2010 champion bought into bother attempting to play out of defence, permitting Kimmich to shoot from simply contained in the penalty space however Simon saved impressively.
Spain tops the standings with 4 factors and now wants solely a attract its remaining Group E recreation in opposition to Japan to progress. A win would ship it by to the knockout spherical in first place.
Germany, which misplaced 2-1 in its opener in opposition to Japan, is backside of the desk on one level. It must win in opposition to Costa Rica on Thursday and its hopes then relies on Japan dropping. If Japan attracts, it might come all the way down to purpose distinction or objectives scored by Germany and Japan..