Germany, Costa Rica, fights for their lives in the contest

Germany, Costa Rica, fights for their lives in the contest

Germany and Costa Rica are fighting for their lives for a spot in the Round of 16 because a loss will eliminate them in the contest. These two are surprisingly at the bottom part of the group standings, especially Germany. Many anticipated Germany’s dominance in the World Cup, but they failed to do so. Due to the results of their previous matches, these two teams remain hopeful for their spot in the contest. Germany had a 1-1 draw against Spain on their last game, while Costa Rica won over Japan. This meeting will be on December 2, 2022, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams met only once, which is in the 2006 World Cup, and it was Germany who took the victory. That is the same World Cup that Germany hosted, and ended their match against Costa Rica in 4-2. However, right now, Germany is one of the four Europeans teams in the World Cup without a win. Additionally, in the last five games in the World Cup, they only won once, which is not a good sight. As for Costa Rica, they are no better as they only won once as well in their last six games. Additionally, there is no teams in 2022 World Cup who conceded as much as Costa Rica did, in the group stage.

Germany wants to escape the bottom of the standings

World Cup: Germany
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Surprisingly, Germany is currently at the bottom of their group standings, with only one point across their name. They suffered a defeat against Japan in a 2-1 loss during their opener, and drew their match against Spain. Now, in this match, they must win this game for them to secure a spot in the next round. Even if they win in this game, they still need to pray that Japan will lose against Spain. If Japan won against Spain, Germany’s campaign is already over. With their continuous struggles in the tournament, they are hoping not to come up short in this game.

Leroy Sane’s return for Germany is a huge boost for his squad as he could make a difference here. Moreover, there are no fresh injuries for the Germans, which is a good thing coming into this game.

Costa Rica will push their luck in this match

World Cup: Costa Rica
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A win over Japan in their last match gives Costa Rica the hopes of being able to qualify for the next round. This is after the Spain dominated them in their first game with a 7-0 loss in that game. Moreover, if Costa Rica can manage to finish this game with a draw, it will work for Costa Rica. However, just like Germany, their qualification also depends on the result of the match between Japan and Spain. This squad has so much potential, but they have yet to make use of their potential this edition. Goal scoring in this game is not surprising for this squad, as they can surely earn a goal here.

They will be without Francisco Calvo, who picked up his second booking, and are now suspended in this match. Aside from that, they have no fresh concerns here.


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