The moment of truth for the German national team has arrived.
The Mannschaft must beat Costa Rica tonight (Thursday) in the last round of the fifth round - any other result will send them home in a particularly humiliating way, from the last place in the house.
Along with three points, the Germans need Spain to beat Japan in the corresponding match, but a draw there might also be enough (depending on goal difference and tiebreakers).
The bad news for them is that this is also a fateful game for Costa Rica: after defeating Japan, the Ticos know that a surprising draw may send them to the next stage against all odds (if Japan loses to Spain), and of course a sensational victory as well.
In an attempt to win at a high score, Hanzi Flick lined up Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiale and Serge Gnabry up front, with Thomas Muller ahead of them at the edge.
Niklas Polkrug is back on the bench.
On the other hand, coach Luis Fernando Suas kept a cautious 5-4-1 formation and moved veteran Johan Venegas to 11.
The French judge Stéphanie Parfare made history,
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moment of truth.
Muller (Photo: Reuters)
the progress of the game
Stephanie Farfar, the first ever referee in World Cup history, got the game underway
Musiale overcame a Costa Rican player, kicked a dangerous ball from 17 meters and Navas headed into the corner
The composition of the groups
Stéphanie Farfar (France)
El Beit (El Hor)
Costa Rica coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
The game setup
Germany coach: Hanzi Flick
The game setup
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If Germany win and finish second at home, they will play in the round of 16 against Morocco on Tuesday at 17:00.
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