Spain had to wait for the round of 16 spot at the World Cup as new boy Niclas Fullkrug strikes late with Germany still hoping to avoid an early exit

Niclas Fullkrug’s late equalizer had Spain awaiting their place in the World Cup round of 16 in a 1-1 draw with Germany at Al Bayt Stadium.

The Werder Bremen striker immediately justified his first call-up to the Germany senior team by disallowing a well-executed goal from Álvaro Morata late in the game to give Hansi Flick’s side more hope of advancing to the next round.

Fullkrug scored a late goal for Germany with a chance of exiting Group E

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Fullkrug scored a late goal for Germany with a chance of exiting Group E

The striker got his first call-up for Germany ahead of the World Cup.

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The striker got his first call-up for Germany ahead of the World Cup.

Fullkrug earned his place in the Germany squad after scoring ten goals in 16 appearances for his club, the kind of form he is now spilling onto the world stage.

Germany will have everything to do when they take on Costa Rica in the Group E final, knowing they will need a win to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage.

Fullkrug certainly managed to avoid the blushes from the Germans who started Sunday in danger of elimination.

While their place in the next round is far from certain, they will be delighted at the chance to avoid a second consecutive first-round World Cup elimination.

This comes after the World Cup in Russia in 2018 when they finished last in a group that included Sweden, Mexico and South Korea after losing two out of three matches.

For Spain, they will be disappointed that they did not guarantee their place in the second round of the competition, as Luis Enrique’s side now need to avoid defeat in their last match with Japan to secure a place in the round of 16.

Germany will be relieved to have a fighting chance heading into the final group game.

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Germany will be relieved to have a fighting chance heading into the final group game.


Everything is on the line when Germany and Spain head into the final match of Group E

Everything is on the line when Germany and Spain head into the final match of Group E

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