A closing within the group E! Against Costa Rica, this Thursday at 8 p.m., Germany, held in verify by Spain (1-1) after their inaugural defeat towards Japan (1-2), now not had the suitable to make errors. . Pressured to impose themselves to proceed the Qatari journey, Hans-Dieter Flick’s males, aligned in 4-2-3-1, offered themselves with dedication on the Al-Bayt stadium in Al-Khor. An ambition additionally current within the Costa Rican ranks, nonetheless within the race for a historic qualification within the spherical of 16. Swept away by Spain within the first match (0-7), the Ticos, who defeated Samourai Blue (1-0), had a date with their future.
Germany takes the lead, with out shining!
Directed by Stéphanie Frappart, the primary central referee within the World Cup, this assembly shortly supplied a one-sided spectacle. Decided to impose their superiority, Joshua Kimmich’s teammates took management of possession and introduced hazard to the targets of Keylor Navas. If Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry shortly solicited the Parisian goalkeeper (2nd, fifth) and Thomas Müller noticed his head flee, the Costa Rican government (ninth), Serge Gnabry, nicely discovered by David Raum, logically opened the rating of a pleasant header (1-0, tenth). Cornered the protection of Costa Rica was (nonetheless) near cracking however Navas pulled out all of the stops on a brand new header from Leon Goretzka (14th). Though the tempo of this recreation dropped barely, the Germans remained harmful.
Twirling on the entrance of the assault, Musiala signaled a brand new quantity however his strike lastly flirted with the Costa Rican cages (thirty sixth). Within the course of, Gnabry transplanted within the axis however noticed, too, his try slipped away, simply subsequent to the targets of Navas (fortieth). Innocent and unable to deploy the slightest offensive, the Ticos took benefit, then again, of the clumsiness of the opponents to carry hazard. On an enormous blunder from Rüdiger, Fuller tried his luck however Neuer pushed again for a nook (forty second). With out shining, Germany turned, regardless of all the things, within the lead on the break. Upon coming back from the locker room, Klostermann changed Goretzka however the Mannschaft lacked sharpness. Worse nonetheless, the teammates of Ilkay Gündogan, who had simply entered the sport, had been placing themselves in peril. And what needed to occur occurred…
An unbelievable state of affairs earlier than… elimination!
On a cross from the suitable, Neuer pushed again for the primary time however Yeltsin Tejeda, opportunistic, adopted and concluded upwind (1-1, 58th). If Musiala discovered, in stride, the put up of Navas (61st), this equalizer eradicated, briefly, Germany. Notice that on the similar time, on the hour mark, Japan was main on its facet, to everybody’s shock, towards Spain (2-1). Shocked, the Germans utterly cracked a number of moments later… On a free kick fired on the left facet, Juan Pablo Vargas took benefit of a number of deflections to present the benefit to his group (2-1, seventieth). In shock, the triple European champions lastly relied, three minutes later, on Kai Havertz to revive (2-2, 73rd).
Nonetheless eradicated regardless of this equalizer, Germany rushed to assault however the Costa Rican protection didn’t hand over within the face of the German assaults. Discovered within the penalty space, Niclas Füllkrug thus got here up towards, at shut vary, an Imperial Navas (76th). Asphyxiated, the protection of the Ticos logically ended up yielding. On a brand new cross from Gnabry, Havertz arose to supply himself a double and restore the benefit to his individuals (3-2, eighty fifth). Dominating within the final moments, Flick’s males insisted and took off. Served again by Leroy Sané, Füllkrug went there for his aim. If his achievement was, at first, refused for an offside place, Stéphanie Frappart lastly validated it after the intervention of the VAR (4-2, 89th). Within the final seconds, Germany maintained its benefit. Nevertheless, regardless of this success, an unbelievable state of affairs was confirmed on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium… Falling out of Spain, Japan retained the lead in group E and, in consequence, took Germany out of the 2022 World Cup. thunder after the elimination of Belgium, somewhat earlier within the day.
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The official line-ups at kick-off
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