- 27 Nov 2022 - 21:34(21:34 GMT)
It’s a wrap!
For a match everyone was eyeing from the very moment the World Cup schedule was released, it did not fail to deliver.
The end-to-end nature, coupled with some rather impactful substitutions, helped the match live up to its billing.
So, where do things stand in Group E now that the dust has settled? Spain continue to maintain their hold on the top spot with four points, while Japan and Costa Rica occupy the second and third places at three points each.
Germany will be grateful for the one point they drew today, as it means their chances of progressing into the Round of 16 are still intact.
The final round of matches within this group have just become that much more compelling after today’s result.
Do make sure to check out our detailed match report before you go, and we look forward to having you join us again for tomorrow’s set of exciting matches!
🇩🇪 Germany 1 – 1 Spain 🇪🇸
FULL-TIME: Germany looked done and dusted after Álvaro Morata put Spain ahead earlier, but improved and got their goal through Niclas Füllkrug.
— AJE Sport (@AJE_Sport) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 21:25(21:25 GMT)
Ilkay Gundogan: “[Fullkrug’s] finish was unbelievable.”
“We had a couple of really good chances,” Germany’s Ilkay Gundogan told the BBC after the match. “In the end, the result is fair against a very tough Spanish side. Now it’s all about the final game of the group.”
“In a World Cup, you already know it’s going to be dramatic and full of ups and downs. The way Niclas [Fullkrug] scored, the finish was unbelievable. He stepped up when we needed [it].”
🇩🇪 👕Niclas Fullkrug in his first 3 games for Germany;
⚽ vs. Oman
❌ vs. Japan
⚽ vs. Spain
🗓️A year ago today,he was playing in the 2nd tier of German football.
— FIFA World Cup Stats (@alimo_philip) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 21:20(21:20 GMT)
Alvaro Morata: ‘Could have been a semifinal or final of a World Cup’
Speaking to the BBC, Spanish forward Alvaro Morata had this to say about the match: “When we are on the bench, we are important to [help] change the game – and it [ended up] like this.”
“Germany have an amazing team, and I think it was an amazing game. [With these] two teams, it could have been a semifinal or a final of a World Cup.”
“The most important thing is to win, and tonight they scored an amazing goal. We were unlucky not to have won.”
— Atletico Universe (@atletiuniverse) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 21:07(21:07 GMT)
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:56(20:56 GMT)
Full-time: Spain 1-1 Germany
After a blistering last five minutes, the referee blows the final whistle.
What a match that was! Germany looked done and dusted after Morata put Spain ahead.
Realising how dire their situation was after the Japan defeat, Flick was able to make the necessary tactical switches to allow for a comeback.
In the end, the substitutes won the day and Fullkrug will certainly be a popular man back home.
Spain will not be too displeased with the result, however, as they already secured a vital three points in their previous match against Costa Rica.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:55(20:55 GMT)
Sane almost grabs Germany the winner!
A beautifully timed pass from the far left finds Sane, who executes his run superbly.
Simon is forced to rush out to confront the striker, and Sane almost sends in a pass as he slides off the pitch, but the ball ends up at the feet of Rodri who is able to clear.
90+6 mins: Spain 1-1 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:52(20:52 GMT)
German corner courtesy of defensive error
Germany are able to win a corner on the left after a header from Carvajal ends up missing Simon and the ball goes out.
Kimmich takes it but overcooks the delivery as Musiala at the far post fails to get a head on it.
90+4 mins: Spain 1-1 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:50(20:50 GMT)
Six minutes of stoppage time
With a more contentious second half, it is no surprise the fourth official has added six minutes of stoppage time.
90+2 mins: Spain 1-1 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:49(20:49 GMT)
Schlotterbeck with huge tackle
After receiving the ball inside the box on the right side, it looks like Morata is set to make it 2-1 to Spain as he bears down on the net.
He fails, however, to see Schlotterbeck sprinting in from behind as the German executes a timely slide tackle to knock the ball out of play.
The resulting corner is taken on the right side, but Germany are able to stamp out any further threat.
90 mins: Spain 1-1 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:46(20:46 GMT)
Now that’s why you have a subs’ bench
Alvaro Morata comes on and scores in eight minutes. Niclas Fullkrug comes on, and 13 minutes later …
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:45(20:45 GMT)
Pair of German changes
Raum and Gnabry are brought off and replaced by Nico Schlotterbeck and Jonas Hofmann respectively.
87 mins: Spain 1-1 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:41(20:41 GMT)
Fullkrug makes it 1-1!
German prayers are answered as Fullkrug scores a monumental goal to bring back his side into this contest.
After the ball pings back and forth as the Germans advance on the Spanish end, the ball ends up at the feet of the forward towards the right side of the box.
He is given the necessary space to rocket the ball right into the net as the German contingent in the crowd goes wild.
83 mins: Spain 1-1 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:41(20:41 GMT)
Balde comes on for Spain
Alba, after receiving a knee to his back courtesy of Klostermann while trying to win an aerial challenge, is taken off to rousing applause.
83 mins: Spain 1-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:39(20:39 GMT)
Free-kick for Germany in a dangerous area
Germany continue to attack, and after numerous attempts are rebuffed, they finally win a free-kick just outside the box on the left side.
Leroy Sane and Joshua Kimmich hover over the ball, with the latter taking the kick. He unfortunately drives it straight into the wall, which results in a corner for Germany on the left.
Nothing comes of it, however.
81 mins: Spain 1-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:39(20:39 GMT)
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:36(20:36 GMT)
The latest numbers…
With 75 minutes on the clock, here’s how we’re looking…
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:34(20:34 GMT)
Two-way traffic …
A German revival at the start of the second half was dented by that Spanish goal, but that was a good period for them just now. Chances missed. Will they get more?
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:33(20:33 GMT)
Musiala unable to convert
Jamal Musiala makes a lovely run from the right as Germany look to equalise.
He sends in a cross towards Niclas Fullkrug but Aymeric Laporte is able to close him down before the ball reaches its intended target.
Moments later Musiala regains the ball, this time with space inside the box.
He shoots, but the goalkeeper does well to close the angle down and save.
This is much, much better from Die Mannschaft.
74 mins: Spain 1-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:30(20:30 GMT)
Germany in desperation mode
Given the previous changes, it is clear Flick has just one thing in mind: Get a goal right now!
72 mins: Spain 1-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:28(20:28 GMT)
Triple subsitution for Germany
Flick making some major tactical switches here as he brings on Leroy Sane, Lukas Klostermann and Niclas Fullkrug for Gundogan, Muller and Kehrer.
70 mins: Spain 1-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:26(20:26 GMT)
More reaction to that goal …
Fantastic finish from Morata and almost an identical situation like the Euros last summer coming off the bench and changing the game.
“goal scorer’s goal” 🤌🏼👊🏼💪🏼
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) November 27, 2022
Luis Enrique got Spain playing amazing football, as always
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) November 27, 2022
A point is a great result for Germany here. A 1-0 defeat isn't an especially bad one, though: all it means is that they have to beat Costa Rica and assume Spain beat Japan (by more than one, I think, to be certain).
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:24(20:24 GMT)
Asensio almost doubles advantage
After a defensive lapse in the midfield from Germany, Spain are able to make another run.
The ball is put on a platter for Asensio, who is just outside of the box, but he blasts it well over the bar.
Soon after, Enrique decides more changes are required as Gavi and Asensio come off for Nico Williams and Koke.
65 mins: Spain 1-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:23(20:23 GMT)
Told you so
Ball in from the left, finding Morata … What did we say just a few minutes ago?
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:20(20:20 GMT)
Morata is the quintessential impact substitute as he puts Spain ahead!
After picking up the ball at the halfway line, Spain forge ahead as the ball is switched over to Alba soon after on the far left.
He sends in a quick cross to Morata, who is able to get a boot on it as the ball evades Neuer’s big mitts at the near post.
Huge cheers ring from the Spanish faithful at Al Bayt, and we finally have a match on our hands!
63 mins: Spain 1-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:20(20:20 GMT)
Germany win dangerous free-kick
The free-kick is from about 35 metres out towards left of the centre, but the delivery by Kimmich leaves much to be desired as the ball ends up out for a goal kick.
61 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:18(20:18 GMT)
Two German midfielders into the book
After some rather mistimed challenges, both Goretzka and Kimmich are shown the yellow card.
60 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:17(20:17 GMT)
Simon error almost leads to goal for Germany
Another casual clearance from Simon almost spells doom for the Spaniards.
The goalkeeper is guilty of passing this off to his intended receiver just outside the box, but Gundogan is nearby and quickly intercepts the ball.
He then passes it to Kimmich who gets a shot on target but the keeper is equal to the task.
Would have been a terrible way to give up an opening goal.
57 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:14(20:14 GMT)
The width of Spain’s formation should give some space for Alvaro Morata – freshly on the pitch – to capitalise in the attack.
#ESP’s width in possession is glorious. The 2 wingers are touchline wide, stretching the pitch horizontally and creating all that space for guys like Pedri and Gavi to utilise. Other nations (#ARG!) should take note. #FIFAWorldCup
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:12(20:12 GMT)
Still no breakthrough
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:12(20:12 GMT)
Spain make first substitution
Ferran Torres is the player called off as he makes way for Alvaro Morata.
54 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:10(20:10 GMT)
Raum free-kick attempt goes begging
After Germany win a free-kick about 35 metres out on the far left, Raum overhits the cross, and it ends up going out for a Spanish goal kick.
51 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:08(20:08 GMT)
Both sides looking for an early blow
The end-to-end nature of the match continues, but both teams struggled a bit in the final third.
Germany, realising how vital these 45 minutes are to their overall campaign, have definitely raised their intensity from the first half.
50 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:03(20:03 GMT)
Second half begins
The players are back on the field and ready to go for the second half.
We should be in for an exciting 45 minutes ahead!
It will be Germany’s turn to kick off proceedings.
46 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 20:01(20:01 GMT)
No lack of intent
Not sure this Spain team are fully there yet, and a few weak links in the team. You could still Germany snatching somethinghere – but something is really coming together.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:54(19:54 GMT)
The first half in numbers
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:52(19:52 GMT)
We’re putting the kettle on for half-time. Enjoy these first-half highlights while you’ve got a few minutes with no football action…
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:48(19:48 GMT)
Half-time: Spain 0-0 Germany
After Spain receive a late corner from the right side, which comes to no avail, the referee blows the whistle for half.
The score might indicate it’s been a deadlock so far, but both sides have been playing with some intent.
Spain, who dominated possession to the tune of 69 percent, looked to be in the ascendency early on before Germany worked themselves back into the match.
The disallowed Rudiger goal will leave the German players smarting a bit as they head back into the tunnel, but Flick will be pleased with the effort his men have shown against a confident and dynamic Spanish side.
There is a sense that a goal is not too far away, so hopefully, we will be rewarded with one (or two) in the second half.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:47(19:47 GMT)
Two minutes of stoppage time to be added
Not too many breaks in the game, so we will be having only the two additional minutes of stoppage time.
45+2 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:45(19:45 GMT)
Busquets receives first yellow card for Spain
After a sloppy challenge from behind on Musiala, the Spanish holding midfielder goes into the referee’s book.
A free-kick is awarded as a result from about 40 metres out.
Kimmich takes it and loops a ball into the box at Rudiger who fires a volley at Simon from the right side of the box.
The Spaniard however, is able to deal with it rather comfortably.
44 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:41(19:41 GMT)
VAR check disallows Rudiger goal
Unfortunately for Germany, VAR rules that Rudiger was just offside when he received the cross.
Huge let-down for Germany as they would have loved to have had the advantage going into halftime.
40 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:40(19:40 GMT)
Rudiger finds the back of the net …
Kimmich is tasked with taking the free kick from the right and sends a searching ball into the box.
It finds the head of Rudiger who steers it left of Simon and into the net!
But was he offside …?
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:39(19:39 GMT)
Kehrer awarded first yellow card
After a rough challenge on Torres, Kehrer goes straight into the book.
38 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:37(19:37 GMT)
Spain win first corner
The corner is taken on the left side and crossed into the box.
After the ball lands at the feet of Torres towards the top right side, he looks to make room for a decent sight on goal.
Musiala, however, is quickly on the case as he puts in a superb sliding block.
37 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:36(19:36 GMT)
It’s been nothing if not dynamic so far.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:35(19:35 GMT)
Torres golden chance ruled offside
Olmo picks up the ball on the left side and advances towards the goal.
He picks out Torres inside the box, who looks for a quick shot to the right of Neuer, but the attempt sails over.
It wouldn’t have counted anyway becaise he was fractionally offside when he received the ball.
34 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:30(19:30 GMT)
Clash of styles
This looks like a game between free-flowing Spanish flair and the muscular power of Germany. And it looks like Germany may yet be unpicked.
Spain's press has dismantled Germany and completely dragged them out of shape multiple times now
— Maram AlBaharna (@maramperninety) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:28(19:28 GMT)
Here’s how the numbers are looking with 25 minutes on the clock. Don’t forget, you can access these stats – and more, updated live – by clicking on the tab at the top of this blog.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:28(19:28 GMT)
Torres attempt smothered
Neuer decides he doesn’t want to be left out of the fun after he attempts a rather casual clearance of his own.
The ball is picked up just outside the top left corner of the box and is passed off to Torres inside the box towards the right side.
He looks to steady himself for the shot on goal but is quickly blocked by Ruediger.
27 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:26(19:26 GMT)
Gnabry attempt goes just wide
Simon with a horrible ground clearance after a German attack is thwarted.
He ends up picking out Gnabry on the right side, who attempts to curl the ball into the bottom left corner, but shoots it just wide.
25 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:23(19:23 GMT)
Alba lets one fly
Spain continue to press the German backline as Alba receives the ball well outside the left side of the box and lets it rip.
The shot forces Neuer to make a dive to his right, but the ball goes just wide of the left post.
23 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:20(19:20 GMT)
Spain dominating the stats
La Roja have managed a staggering 74 percent of possession so far.
Not quite out of the norm for them, but Germany will be slightly concerned.
They have also passed three times as much as Germany, with 167 passes to 58.
20 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:17(19:17 GMT)
All action in the opening period
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:15(19:15 GMT)
This match is in tents …
I have to say that the Al Bayt Stadium here for #ESPGER is a proper piece of beauty:
reproducing a Berber tent in the desert, as the stadium is exactly the only one in the desert, and there is even enlightened high fire there behind in the middle #Qatar2022 #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/R3e1082JrB
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:13(19:13 GMT)
End-to-end stuff at Al Bayt
Both sides have sought to be positive in these early exchanges, and it has resulted in a free-flowing game.
A goal might not be too far away for either side.
13 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:11(19:11 GMT)
Germany have a chance
Goretzka receives the ball from inside his half from Gundogan and makes a surging run forward.
He looks to time a through pass to Gnabry on his right but puts a bit too much on it as Simon is quick to get out and intercept the ball with a slide.
10 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:09(19:09 GMT)
Olmo almost scores!
Spain applies a bit more pressure now as Pedri plays a pass off to Asensio outside the box.
The forward spots Olmo running towards the top left of the box and soon after receiving the ball unleashes a corker of a shot.
Neuer gets a hand on the ball as it ricochets on to the top right of the crossbar.
So close there from Spain.
7 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:07(19:07 GMT)
Here we go
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:06(19:06 GMT)
Spain almost get an opportunity
The ball hasn’t veered too far from the middle of the pitch so far.
There was a Spanish break which fell apart after Asensio failed to receive the pass on the bounce just outside the box.
5 mins: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 19:00(19:00 GMT)
Both teams are out on the pitch and looking to take the early advantage in this exciting matchup.
Germany will badly need a win if they are to keep their chances of progression intact.
Spain will look to come away with a draw at the minimum after the three points they secured against Costa Rica.
They will sport a 4-1-2-3 formation while Germany will go in with a slightly more defensive 4-2-3-1.
La Roja kick things off in the first half.
1 min: Spain 0-0 Germany
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:52(18:52 GMT)
German players to watch
Ilkay Gundogan will be vital to Die Mannschaft’s chances as he is quite capable of dictating the tempo of a match.
He has enjoyed considerable success at the club level for Manchester City and will hope to replicate some of that form.
Despite not having an out-and-out striker, Germany will look to their very own “space interpreter”, Thomas Muller, to put in a strong shift up front.
Gundogan scored his FIRST goal in a major tournament for Germany.
— Sports Freak (@OfficialSfreak) November 23, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:46(18:46 GMT)
Spanish players to watch
The youthful trio of Ferran Torres, Gavi and Pedri will once again hope to play an instrumental role in the contest against Germany.
Enrique’s squad possesses just the right amount of experience as well, so players like Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets will undoubtedly be crucial in organising the back and anchoring Spain’s strong defensive shape.
Bellingham this, Musiala that.
Pedri and Gavi are the best midfielders in the World right now. pic.twitter.com/E4UZnw0pgI
— ZJ (@zjfcb_) November 23, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:39(18:39 GMT)
Players limbering up for the big match
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:31(18:31 GMT)
Some rather accomplished passers to feature today
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:25(18:25 GMT)
A heartfelt moment for Luis Enrique
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:19(18:19 GMT)
Hansi Flick with high praise for Spanish duo
🎙️| Hansi Flick (Germany coach) on Gavi & Pedri
🗣️: “The quality that Gavi and Pedri have at a young age is fantastic. They have developed very well at Barça in the last 2 years. And they have fit in very well with the NT. With Busquets behind them as protection. It works well.” pic.twitter.com/T4VF3jWdfi
— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:10(18:10 GMT)
Spain starting XI announced
Spain XI: Unai Simon, Dani Carvajal, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Pedri Gonzalez, Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo
One selection of note is Rodri as a centre back because he customarily plays as a defensive midfielder for Manchester City. It will be interesting to see how he fares throughout the match.
OFFICIAL: Spain XI vs Germany. pic.twitter.com/WmlTMd3FyT
— The Red Fury (@SpainSystem) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 18:05(18:05 GMT)
Germany starting XI announced
- 27 Nov 2022 - 17:59(17:59 GMT)
A clash of European titans
In what could be described as the matchup of the group stages, Spain will face Germany at Al Bayt Stadium in an encounter that could determine who takes the top spot within the group.
After being shocked 2-1 by Japan in their opening encounter, Germany will be more than eager to get their campaign off on the right foot against La Roja.
Spain, though, will certainly have something to say about that after putting in an attacking display of some ferocity against Costa Rica, ultimately prevailing 7-0.
Judging by the eye test, they should be considered right at the top as some of the favourites to win the tournament.
So how will this highly anticipated affair end? We shall have that answer shortly as we build up to the main event.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 17:45(17:45 GMT)
Will Germany continue protests?
Germany players covered their mouths during a team photo before their tournament opener against Japan in response to FIFA’s threat to sanction players for wearing the “OneLove” rainbow armband, which stands for inclusion and diversity.
The captains of seven European teams — the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, England and Wales — had planned to wear them in tandem with an anti-discrimination campaign, but ultimately reversed course following warnings of disciplinary action.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 17:30(17:30 GMT)
Recaps: Germany vs Japan, Spain vs Costa Rica
Prior to kick-off, catch up on the previous matches between Germany and Spain at the 2022 World Cup.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 17:15(17:15 GMT)
Group E: Germany, Spain, Japan, Costa Rica
- 27 Nov 2022 - 17:00(17:00 GMT)
Can you predict the winner?
- 27 Nov 2022 - 16:45(16:45 GMT)
Los Rojos’ historical upper hand
Germany and Spain will face off for the fifth time in World Cup history.
Judgeing by their past 25 games on the international stage, Spain hold a slight historical advantage. Los Rojos have beaten Germany nine times and drawn eight times. Germany boast eight wins over Spain. A win on Sunday would even the score.
Spain flummoxed Germany in the two teams’ last meeting — more than a decade ago — at the 2010 World Cup semi-finals in South Africa, when Spain captured their first title.
✍️🏼 PREVIA | Orgullo tribal frente al linaje herido de los germanos
➡️ La @SEFutbol busca una victoria que supondría la clasificación para octavos a la vez que dejaría fuera del Mundial a la cuatro veces campeona Alemania.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SEFutbol) November 27, 2022
- 27 Nov 2022 - 16:30(16:30 GMT)
It’s a ‘final’ for Germany
German coach Hansi Flick said his team is treating Sunday’s match as a final, as his team faces possible early elimination for the second consecutive World Cup.
“This will be answered Sunday,” Flick said at a press briefing in Qatar on Sunday. “Maybe we have another answer to that question, the right answer.”
Flick likened the bout with Spain to a do-or-die situation, with Germany’s reputation as a football juggernaut hanging in the balance.
“The last two tournaments were not [good],” he added. “We want to avoid a repeat of this. The focus is on concentration. This is the first final for us at the World Cup and that’s what it’s about — to avoid a repeat of that.”
- 27 Nov 2022 - 16:15(16:15 GMT)
Who to watch out for in the Spain squad?
Gavi, of course.
Spain’s midfielder Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, 18, made history in his team’s 7-0 trouncing of Costa Rica this week, becoming the youngest World Cup goal-scorer since Pele, tallying Spain’s fifth goal in the lopsided match.
The midfielder poses a major threat to Germany’s narrowing odds at surviving Group E.
A new generation of Spanish youngsters will lead the charge, presided over by veteran midfield general Sergio Busquets. Look for Busquets’s crisp passing game to generate some chances for Spain.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 16:00(16:00 GMT)
Who to watch in Germany’s squad?
Thomas Muller, the seventh-leading scorer in German international history, has racked up 10 World Cup goals.
The German star, who has taken home two Champions League crowns, two Club World Cups and a record 11 Bundesliga titles, failed, however, to shine in his first contest in Qatar.
Muller will lean on a stellar cast of fellow Bayern Munich teammates, including Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Ilkay Gundogan netted Germany’s lone goal on a penalty kick at Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 15:45(15:45 GMT)
But never count out the Germans
The German national squad is historically known for its scrappy, resilient — and especially consistent — performances on the international stage.
Germany have qualified for all World Cup tournaments since the qualification process was first introduced before the 1934 World Cup. The inaugural 1930 World Cup was by invitation only, with West Germany and other European teams declined the invitation for a myriad of reasons. Germany was banned from the 1950 World Cup in the aftermath of World War II.
Germany’s disappointing exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia — their earliest in 80 years in the tournament, in which they failed to advance through the group stage, still stings.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 15:30(15:30 GMT)
Uphill battle for Germany
A victory for Germany will not come easily on Sunday facing Spain, who are riding high following a 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica.
Die Mannschaft failed to cash in on multiple scoring chances against Japan. On the brink of possible early elimination, the German squad’s survival hinges on beating Spain.
If Spain’s crushing defeat of Costa Rica is any indicator, Germany need to focus on containing the potent offence of manager Luis Enrique’s electrified national squad to avoid a repeat premature exit from this year’s tournament.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 15:15(15:15 GMT)
What you need to know about the match
Germany, four-time World Cup champions, are in search of redemption after their jaw-dropping 1-2 loss to Japan.
Spain, who recorded their 100th goal in World Cup history with their first win of the tournament, punished Costa Rica with goals from six different players, including Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Alvaro Morata and Ferran Torres, who scored twice.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 15:00(15:00 GMT)
How to get there?
Take the Red Line to Lusail QNB Metro Station. Metro shuttle bus services will launch four hours prior to kick-off and end 90 minutes after the match finishes.
Stadium express buses will also offer service from various stops around Doha, including at Barwa Madinatna, Souq Waqif-North, FIFA Fan Festival, West Bay, and Barwa Barahat Al Janoub.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 14:45(14:45 GMT)
The venue: Al Bayt Stadium
Located in Al Khor, roughly 35km north of Doha, Al Bayt Stadium can hold 68,895 people.
The tented stadium’s rectangular design and retractable roof are inspired by the bayt al-sha’ar tents of the nomadic people who traditionally inhabited Qatar’s vast deserts.
The facility’s black and white stripes are also emblematic of the bayt al-sha’ar tent, which historically implemented the same colour scheme.
- 27 Nov 2022 - 14:30(14:30 GMT)
Final match of World Cup day 8
Day eight of the FIFA World Cup will conclude with a Germany-Spain match kicking off at Al Bayt Stadium at 10pm (19:00 GMT).
Follow all the latest news and updates of tonight’s match here.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies