FIFA World Cup 2022 – Germany Beat Costa Rica 4-2 but Failed to Reach the Knockout Stage
Germany overpowered Costa Rica 4-2 in Group E at the Al Bayt Stadium, thanks to goals from Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, and Niklas Fullkrug, but failed to advance as Japan shocked Spain 2-1 to take the group lead. Spain advances over Germany due to a better goal difference.
In the previous game, An enthusiastic Moroccan team won a place in the World Cup last 16 for the first time since 1986 by defeating the already-eliminated Canadians 2-1 on Thursday, cruelly capitalizing on their opponent’s mistakes. Morocco, which needed a win or a draw in their final Group F match to advance to the knockout rounds, capitalized on a poor clearing by goalkeeper Milan Borjan, which fell on the foot of Hakim Ziyech. Midfielder Ziyech effortlessly lobbed the ball over the stranded goalie in the fourth minute, cheered up by a raucous crowd of Moroccan fans.
Borjan had been put in an unpleasant position by central defender Steven Vitoria, whose poor back pass caused the goalkeeper to sprint to the ball, allowing Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri to score. En-Nesyri was a threat throughout the first half, extending Morocco’s advantage in the 23rd minute after latching onto a long pass from Achraf Hakimi and beating Borjan at the near post.
Confirmed Lineups of Costa Rica and Germany
Costa Rica: Navas, Duarte, Waston, Vargas, Fuller, Borges, Tejeda, Oviedo, Aguilera, Campbell, Venegas
Germany: Neuer, Kimmich, Sule, Rudiger, Raum, Gundogan,Goretzka, Gnabry, Musiala, Sane, Muller
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