World Cup: Germany salvage 1-1 draw with Spain to maintain match hopes alive

Germany ahead Niclas Füllkrug salvaged a 1-1 draw in opposition to Spain on Sunday on the World Cup.

The Germans nonetheless must win their final group match to have an opportunity of advancing to the knockout stage. The four-time champions had been eradicated within the group stage 4 years in the past in Russia.

Germany will subsequent face Costa Rica, who defeated Japan 1-0 earlier Sunday. Even a win is probably not sufficient for the Germans, who’re in final place in Group E and wish the opposite end result to go their means.

Germany have one level, two behind Japan and Costa Rica. Spain have 4 factors and maintain an enormous aim distinction due to their opening 7-0 rout of Costa Rica.

The match between the pre-tournament favorites was one of the anticipated within the group stage.

Spain tried to manage the tempo of the sport with ball possession however weren’t in a position to create many vital alternatives till Álvaro Morata discovered the web within the 62nd minute with a pleasant one-touch from shut vary after a well-place low cross from Jordi Alba.

Germany struggled and solely threatened sporadically in just a few breakaways and set items, however Füllkrug lastly discovered the equalizer within the 83rd with a shot from shut vary into the highest of the web.

The aim saved Germany from enduring consecutive losses firstly of a World Cup for the primary time.

Spain’s subsequent match is in opposition to Japan at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, whereas Germany return to Al Bayt Stadium to face Costa Rica.

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