Despite the victory, for the second consecutive World Cup, Germany will not be in the round of 16


For the second consecutive World Cup, Germany will not be in the round of 16 after failing to get the victory they needed against a Costa Rica team who for a good part of the duel believed in their possibilities, but who also chained two editions without passing the group stage .

It was just three minutes of illusion and confusion in which the accounts took over football, which fueled Costa Rica’s confidence and created panic in the four-time champion, a fear that ended up coming true with Spain’s defeat against Japan.

The Germans had to emulate Spain, who beat Costa Rica (7-0) on their debut and thus double the goal difference, which was the deciding factor. But he was far from the goal and was doomed by the Japanese victory.

Never before had Germany chained two failures of this magnitude at the World Cup, a wreck born in the opening defeat against Japan, which they could not straighten against Spain. And it was already late against Costa Rica.

The “ticos” squeezed their options to the maximum, but they lacked more quality and the ability to control some Germans who in a last shot of pride recovered a score that wasn’t worth it.

Germany jumped to finish the duel against a mild-mannered Costa Rica and the game appeared to be a German avalanche on Keylor Navas’ goal, who saw how his right flank could barely contain the internees of Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry and David Raum .

Keysher Fuller and Joel Campbell were helpless from minute 2, when Keylor had to take a ball from Musiala for a corner and five minutes later served Leon Goretzka who shot too freely.

Thomas Muller, who entered the duel without having been able to shoot on target in the entire World Cup, having scored 10 goals in previous editions, also tried a pass from Joshua Kimmich, but the veteran Bayern striker continued without aiming.

The goal came after 10 minutes on a good action by Raum who headed Gnabry, who left no way out for the captain “tico”.


The goal ranked Germany, which at that moment could not think that the night would take so many rounds.

Costa Rica has stretched

Costa Rica, for the most part shortened in the area, extended in the last stretch of the first half, with two plays that could have meant an equalizer, one on the half hour on a nice cross from Bryan Oviedo that Joel didn’t manage to finish Campbell and the other in the 42nd minute at the feet of Keysher Fuller, who forces Manuel Neuer to stretch after a series of errors by the German defence.

It was Costa Rica’s second shot on target in the entire World Cup, but the game gave the ticos confidence in their options.

With Youstin Salas on the field, Costa Rica advanced the lines, ready to complicate the four-time champion, who appeared to be gripped by uncertainties about her future, which was being played at both Japan’s Al Bayt and Khalifa-based match with Spain.

And the news was not encouraging, because the Japanese were cornering Red, which seemed to cause confusion in Germany.

A situation that Costa Rica was able to exploit in a counterattack by Campbell on the right who, after an initial clearance by Neuer, fell into the shoes of Yeltsin Tejeda, who managed the equalizer.

In parallel, Japan went ahead and ruled out both rivals from the round of 16, even as the calculators were furious.

Hans-Dieter Flick knew he had to score goals and brought out his artillery. He put Niclas Fuellkrug, who scored the goal against Spain, on the field and launched the attack, which crashed twice into the sticks of Keylor, Musiala in the 61st minute and one after Rudiger.

But once again Costa Rica surprised with a blocked play that Juan Pablo Vargas brought into the net in the 70th minute after a mistake by Neuer, a goal that took Costa Rica to the round of 16.

The joy only lasted three minutes, the time it took for new substitute Kai Havertz to control a nice ball in the box and shoot at Navas.

The draw did not benefit either due to the Khalifa’s result and the match entered an indeterminacy phase. Germany attacked faithlessly and Costa Rica saw its counterattacks unsuccessful.

Havertz scored twice in the 84th minute and five minutes later Fullkrug scored his second goal of this World Cup. He won’t get more, because Germany will have to pack up.

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