Germany scores late for crucial draw against Spain

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Niclas Fullkrug gave Germany a precious point against Spain as they fight for World Cup survival.

Germany’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages were given an unlikely lifeline earlier on Sunday when Costa Rica beat Japan when any other result would have meant Spain’s defeat sending them out.

Hansi Flick’s side have yet to beat Costa Rica in their final Group E match and will be hoping Japan don’t pull off an upset against Spain, but at least they know their last-16 hopes are intact after of falling behind at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Spain, who almost took the lead in the first half when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deflected Dani Olmo’s shot onto the crossbar, went ahead in the 62nd minute when substitute Alvaro Morata put in a superb near post to Jordi Alba’s cross.

Germany took the lead and Fullkrug gave them a point seven minutes from time when he broke through and slotted an unstoppable finish past Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon.

Leroy Sane almost won it for Germany in the dying seconds, but he ran out of space as he ran at goal and the ball was cleared.

Impressive Spain a threat

Manager Luis Enrique has assembled an impressive combination of youth and experience as Spain look to reclaim the World Cup crown they won in 2010.

He has the youthful brilliance of 18-year-old Gavi and Pedri, just 20, but also the old hand who has seen it all in the form of Sergio Busquets alongside Dani Alba and decorated Manchester City pair Aymeric Laporte and Rodri .

Gavi, the Barcelona prodigy who became the youngest World Cup goalscorer since Pelé in 1958 scored in a 7-0 win over Costa Rica, was quiet here and was eventually substituted, but his talent is unquestionable.

Spain’s past polish was easy on the eye, but when the more studied style failed to find much breakthrough, Enrique was able to apply Plan B in the form of the more direct and powerful Morata, who produced that strike instinctive for the opening goal.

They will be disappointed to concede so late and still have work to do in their final group game against Japan, but there is much to admire in this Spanish team.

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Danny McKellie


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