A lot is still yet to happen in Group E as the final fixture between Costa Rica and Germany looms large. Costa Rica has three points after their impressive victory over Japan, whilst Germany only has one point from the draw earned against Spain. We predicted that this might be one of the groups that really spring up a surprise or two, and for each fixture, we were treated with one so buckle up for what is to come.
Looking at the FIFA rankings, we see a huge disparity between the two nations; Germany is placed in 11th place, whilst Costa Rica is in 31st.
The odds are stacked against Costa Rica after that opening fixture against Spain as they looked like a beaten side after a couple of minutes. Against Japan, they managed to hold onto the result at 0-0 for as long as possible and picked their moments going forward. The only time that they troubled Japan’s defence was when they actually scored, which ultimately won them the game.
Costa Rica are up against a Germany side who are looking down at consecutive eliminations from the group stage of the World Cup, and they have the possibility to deal the final blow. Costa Rica need to deal with the shifting of attackers and keep track of the runs in behind, as that has been their Achilles heel against Spain.
Hansi Flick and his team are up against it in terms of results achieved and have it all to do against Costa Rica. With the bags of talent and quality that Germany has, it should not be an issue but the morale and pressure of the situation might hinder their progress in the game. The shock elimination in Russia might be playing at the back of their mind and they need to avoid a repeat at any cost.
In the last game, Spain dictated the tempo of the game for the majority of it, with small spells, were Germany really threatened. Jamal Musiala has been a bright spark in this team but is yet to score a goal which would be vital for the team and his confidence. Niclas Fulkrug was on hand after being introduced into the game to finish off a sublime move by Germany to give his side a lifeline going into the last game.
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