Germany embarks on an early rescue ride for the Qatar 2022 World Cup as it faces mighty Spain today Sunday as it tries to avoid a sudden elimination from the group stage.
Just as Germany ended the Russia 2018 World Cup with a disappointment and a group stage elimination at the hands of modest four-time world champion South Korea, it began its current campaign with a disappointment and defeat against another Asian team when they missed their advantage from penalties and lost to Japan 1-2 in the last quarter of an hour in the fifth group.
Germany coach Hansi Flick sounded the alarm, hinting at the possibility of exclusion of any of his stars in the match against Spain at the Al Bayt Stadium in the Qatari city of Al Khor, while Japanese national team scorer midfielder Ilkay Gundogan criticized his colleagues after a sudden defeat by Team Samurai.
And if Germany loses to Spain, they will officially lose hope of qualifying if Costa Rica fails to beat Japan, who are in contention for fourth place in the playoffs, in the first legs on Sunday at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. in the city of Ar Rayyan.
The showdown between Germany and Spain brings together world tour elite players such as veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, midfielder Joshua Kimmich and Die Manschaft’s Musiala, as well as a group of fast-growing players in Spanish coach Luis Enrique, led by youngsters Pedri and Gavi in the middle “No. Roy.”
On paper, Spain and Japan guarantee their qualification if they emerge victorious on Sunday, while Germany and Costa Rica say goodbye if they lose.