Germany’s World Cup hopes hang in the balance ahead of their do-or-die Group E final match against Costa Rica.
Die Mannschaft, champions in 2014, meekly handed over their title in Russia and have had a miserable tournament in Qatar so far.
Germany were looking down after their shock 2-1 loss to Japan, but fought back to secure a 1-1 draw with Spain.
Hansi Flick’s team remains bottom of the group and needs a favor from La Roja if they want to make a great break and reach the round of 16.
Costa Rica v Germany: talkSPORT coverage
This World Cup Group E clash will take place on Thursday, December 1.
The match at the Al Bayt Stadium will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The action will be live on talkSPORT, hosted by Natalie Sawyer.
Then will come comments from Joe Shennan and former England women’s team striker Lianne Sanderson.
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Costa Rica vs Germany: Permutations
Costa Rica will advance to the round of 16 if their result against Germany is better than Japan’s against Spain.
If Japan beat Spain, Los Ticos would advance with a win over the four-time world champions.
Germany is the only team that cannot win Group E and they need to beat Costa Rica and hope that Spain beat Japan too.
It will also happen if they beat the Central Americans by two or more goals and Japan don’t beat Spain.
Costa Rica v Germany: Rosters and team news
Costa Rica XI: Navas, Duarte, Waston, Vargas, Fuller, Borges, Tejeda, Oviedo, Aguilera, Campbell, Venegas.
Substitutes: Chacón, Contreras, Bennette, Ruiz, Torres, Salas, Martínez, Alvarado, López, Matarrita, Sequeira, Wilson, Hernández, Zamora.
Germany XI: Neuer, Raum, Rudiger, Suele, Kimmich, Goretzka, Muller, Musiala, Gundogan, Sane, Gnabry.
Substitutes: Ginter, Kehrer, Havertz, Fullkrug, Gotze, Trapp, Klostermann, Brandt, Hofmann, Gunter, ter Stegen, Schlotterbeck, Adeyemi, Kotchap, Moukoko.
Costa Rica v Germany: Match data
- The last timeout, Keysher Fuller scored from Costa Rica’s first shot on goal in this World Cup, after more than 184 minutes of soccer played (including added time). Fuller could become the fourth Costa Rican to score more than one goal in a single World Cup, after Bryan Ruiz in 2014, Paulo Wanchope in 2006 and Ronald Gómez in 2002.
- At 19 years and 274 days against Spain, Jamal Musiala became the youngest player to register an assist for Germany in a World Cup match (since 1966), surpassing Thomas Müller’s previous record against Australia in 2010 ( 20 years 273 days). No German has created more chances at the 2022 World Cup than Musiala (5 – tied with David Raum).
- Thomas Müller hasn’t scored in each of his last six World Cup appearances, has scored 10 goals in his first 12 games in the competition and has yet to attempt a single shot in the 2022 edition.
- Costa Rica scored fewer goals (1), attempted fewer shots (4), recorded fewer shots on goal (1) and has the lowest expected total goals (0.11) of any team in Group E at the World Cup 2022.
- Hans-Dieter Flick (D1 L1) is the second manager to fail to win his first two World Cup games in charge of Germany, after Josef Herberger. No Germany coach has failed to win their first three World Cup games.
- Germany had 35.9% possession against Spain on matchday two, their lowest participation in a World Cup match since 1966, breaking their previous record (39%), set in 1986 against Morocco. In fact, Germany have failed to win their first two group stage matches in a single World Cup for the first time in their history.
- Following their 1-0 win against Japan on matchday two, Costa Rica could win back-to-back World Cup games for the second time (in 2014 against Uruguay and Italy), while only recording their consecutive clean sheets in the competition. on a previous occasion. (in 2014 against Italy and England).
- Costa Rica have won just one of their last 11 FIFA World Cup matches against European nations (E5 L5), recording a 1-0 win over Italy in the 2014 edition. In fact, six of Costa Rica’s teams Rica for the 2022 World Cup participated in the victory against Italy (Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas, Yeltsin Tejeda, Óscar Duarte).
- Germany have won six of their eight FIFA World Cup matches against CONCACAF nations (D1, L1), though their only loss in this streak came in their last such match against Mexico in 2018.
- This is the second meeting between Germany and Costa Rica, with the Germans winning 4-2 in the opening match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup earlier.
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