Costa Rica vs Germany FIFA World Cup Live Score 1-12-2022
A draw would also suffice for Luis Fernando Suarez’s men if Spain overcome Japan – whose goal difference of 0 is far superior to the -6 of Costa Rica – but defeat would ensure that they could not add to their quarter-final finish from 2014 or last-16 elimination in 1990. The 2014 competition marked the only previous occasion that Costa Rica managed to win successive World Cup matches, and while six of the existing crop played when Los Ticos secured a famous 1-0 success over Italy eight years ago, the ageing veterans are facing a different kettle of fish this week.
Germany will meet Costa Rica in their final group E match. Germany are sitting at the bottom of the table with just one point while Costa Rica have three points to stay at the third position. Germany, four-time world champions, are in a weird position. After playing two matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022, they managed to grab just one point, thanks to their 1-1 draw with Spain. They are still haunted by a shocking defeat against Japan, who are at the second spot as of now. Costa Rica, having suffered a seven-goal defeat against Spain, have such a poor goal differential that only a win can take them to the next round. Costa Rica’s 0-7 defeat against Spain has left them with a -6 goal differential, which will be extremely difficult to compensate for. But, that will come into play only if Japan manage to make it a draw against Spain.
In that case, even if Costa Rica make it even with Germany, they won’t be able to qualify. If Japan lose, Costa Rica will qualify even with a draw. However, if Japan beat Spain, Costa Rica can advance only with a win. The Central American team won’t like to get into so much arithmetic and try to seal it with a win. Germany have disappointed their fans. The memory of Russia 2018 must be still fresh in their mind, when the defending champions got eliminated from the group stages. Their defeat against Japan will be tough to digest in years to come. While it would have been great if they could win against Spain, they anyway managed to keep their head above water with a draw. But, now, they have no choice but to win against Costa Rica if they do not want to repeat what happened last time.
Costa Rica want Joel Campbell to score in order to have a chance to win this match. Germany’s 19-year-old attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala will be a key player to watch. Manuel Neuer, the first German goalkeeper to feature at four FIFA world cups, will create history in this match for having the most number (19) of appearances by a goalkeeper. He would like to make this match memorable for his team.
German stomachs dropped when Alvaro Morata’s near-post flick found its way into the back of the net for Spain on Sunday evening, with the 2014 World Cup winners staring down the barrel of yet another catastrophic early elimination from football’s grandest stage. However, having been given the chance to strut his stuff in the number nine spot by Flick, Werder Bremen talisman Niclas Fullkrug lashed home a thunderous effort in the 83rd minute to rescue what could prove to be a vital point for Die Mannschaft, who also had an Antonio Rudiger goal ruled out for offside on the day. Nothing less than a win will do for Germany if they are to break into the top two on Thursday, and a victory for Flick’s side coupled with a Spain win over Japan would ensure that the one-point basement side advance to the last 16.
On the other hand, should Spain and Japan play out a draw, Germany would need to win by at least two goals to pip the latter to second place, and if Hajime Moriyasu’s men can pick up a shock win over La Roja, then Flick’s men would need a five-goal swing in their favour to eliminate Spain. A paltry two wins from 10 in all tournaments is not exactly the sort of form that will inspire confidence within the Mannschaft ranks ahead of such a crucial encounter, where a draw or defeat would consign Germany to successive group-stage exits for the first time in their illustrious history. Flick could also become the first Germany manager in history to fail to win any of his first three World Cup games, but Die Mannschaft did run out 4-2 winners in their only previous clash with Costa Rica, which came at the 2006 World Cup.