Germany Needs A Win To Avoid World Cup Early Exit

(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)

DOHA- After getting a favour from Costa Rica, Germany needs a win against the Central American team on Thursday to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages at the World Cup.

Costa Rica's surprise win over Japan on Sunday ensured Germany did not face the prospect of immediate elimination with a loss to Spain later that day. With the pressure off, Germany fought back from a goal down and drew 1-1 thanks to Niclas Füllkrug's late equalizer to postpone its fate to its final game in Group E.

Germany will advance to the round of 16 with a win if Spain also beats Japan in the other group game. Costa Rica controls its fate and will advance with a win.

“We have a lot of humility,” said Germany midfielder Thomas Müller, who pointed to the team's position in the table.“There isn't much reason to be really euphoric.”

Even a draw would be enough for Costa Rica to reach the knockout stages if Spain beats Japan in the group's other game being played at the same time.

Spain leads Group E with four points after two games, followed by Japan and Costa Rica both on three, while Germany has just one.

If Japan wins or draws it could go down to goal difference between Germany and Japan or Spain, depending on the result.

Costa Rica will go through with a win, while a draw will be enough if Japan loses.



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