Hansi Flick’s aspect have to beat Costa Rica to face an opportunity of qualifying for the Spherical of 16.
Who: Germany vs Costa Rica, Group E
The place: Al Bayt Stadium
When: Thursday, December 1, 10pm (19:00 GMT)
FIFA rankings: Germany (11), Costa Rica (31)
Wounded Germany could have their backs to the wall once they tackle Costa Rica of their remaining World Cup Group E match on Thursday and know they need to bag their first win of the event, ideally by a big margin, to have any possibilities of advancing.
The Germans are backside of the group having gained just one level from their two matches to date, elevating the spectre of one other first-round exit following their early elimination in Russia 4 years in the past.
Even victory over the Costa Ricans is probably not sufficient, and Germany can be seeking to Spain to inflict defeat on Japan to open the door to the subsequent spherical. A draw between Spain and Japan — or a win for Japan — would convey purpose distinction into play, if Germany does defeat Costa Rica.
Spain high the group on 4 factors forward of Japan and Costa Rica, each on three.
Scoring has not been a powerful level for German coach Hansi Flick’s staff however centre ahead Niclas Fuellkrug’s wonderful run for membership and nation in current months has improved their prospects. The 29-year-old, an unlikely addition to the squad previous to the event, snatched a late equaliser in opposition to Spain after approaching in its place to maintain their hopes alive going into the ultimate group match.
The burly striker is now a severe choice to guide the road on Thursday with many German pundits and followers demanding he begin.
Nevertheless, assistant coach Marcus Sorg dampened expectations over Fuellkrug, saying he was “not a cure-all” for the staff’s issues.
“We have now to see what impact which participant has at any given time,” Sorg mentioned. “We want a sure construction, stability and safety. Safety comes with consistency.”
No matter line-up Germany go together with, they know their activity is to protect what stays of their as soon as highly effective event status, having did not win the primary two matches in a World Cup group for the primary time.
Germany’s opponents on Thursday haven’t had a good time of it both — Costa Rica have had only one shot on course of their two matches.
Nonetheless, that shot resulted within the purpose that introduced them victory over Japan and saved their qualification hopes alive. In the event that they defeat Germany and Spain beat Japan, they may end second within the group. It might be some story for a staff that misplaced its first recreation 7-0 to make it to the Spherical of 16.