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Germany suffered a second consecutive World Cup group-stage exit regardless of an exhilarating 4-2 win over Costa Rica on an evening of sensational Group E drama in Qatar.

After gathering only one level from their opening two video games, four-time world champions Germany – who additionally exited on the group stage in 2018 – knew solely a victory at Al Bayt Stadium on Thursday night time would give them any likelihood of progressing to the final 16.

However regardless of securing the consequence they wanted, Japan scored a controversial winner to beat Spain and ship Hansi Flick’s aspect out of the event as a result of Spaniards’ superior aim distinction.

VAR within the Japan-Spain recreation deemed the ball remained in play for Japan to attain their successful aim, which knocked Germany out

Participant rankings

Costa Rica: Navas (7), Duarte (6), Waston (6), Vargas (6), Fuller (6), Borges (6), Tejeda (7), Oviedo (6), Aguilera (6), Campbell (6), Venegas (6).

Subs: Salas (6), Bennette (6), Matarrita (6), Contreras (n/a), Wilson (n/a).

Germany: Neuer (6), Kimmich (7), Sule (6), Rudiger (6), Raum (7), Gundogan (6), Goretzka (6), Gnabry (8), Musiala (8), Sane (7), Muller (6).

Subs: Klostermann (6), Fullkrug (7), Gotze (6), Havertz (8), Ginter (n/a).

Participant of the match: Kai Havertz.

Massive moments within the recreation…

  • 10 minutes: Gnabry opens the scoring for Germany with positive header
  • 42 minutes: Neuer makes a superb save to disclaim Fuller after Rudiger’s mistake
  • 58 minutes: Tejeda stuns Germany by smashing in equaliser for Costa Rica
  • 61-67 minutes: Germany hit the publish 3 times, twice by Musiala and as soon as by Rudiger
  • 70 minutes: Costa Rica take sensational lead by Neuer personal aim
  • 73 minutes: Havertz makes it 2-2 to present Germany hope
  • 85 minutes: Havertz scores once more to place Germany again in entrance
  • 89 minutes: Fullkrug makes it 4-2 to Germany however Hansi Flick’s aspect crash out

Serge Gnabry’s early header (10) appeared to have set Germany on the best way to a snug three factors, however a second-half strike from Yeltsin Tejeda (58) and a Manuel Neuer personal aim (70) remarkably put Costa Rica in pole place to qualify for the final 16 and raised the unimaginable risk of each Germany and Spain going out.

However the drama didn’t finish there. Germany substitute and Chelsea ahead Kai Havertz turned the sport round once more with a well-taken double (73 & 85) earlier than fellow substitute Niclas Fullkrug made it 4-2 within the 89th minute. The victory was not sufficient although because the 2014 event winners completed third in Group E, with Spain and Japan above them.

The sport additionally made historical past as France’s Stephanie Frappart turned the primary lady to referee a match on the males’s World Cup. Assistants Neuza Again from Brazil and Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico made it an all-female on-field staff.

Match officials referee Stephanie Frappart (C), assistant referee Neuza Back (L) and assistant referee Karen Diaz (R) warm up prior to Costa Rica vs Germany
Referee Stephanie Frappart and assistants Neuza Again (L) and Karen Diaz Medina heat up earlier than the sport at Al Bayt Stadium

Thursday’s thrilling finale because it occurred

  • 7.10pm UK time – Gnabry provides Germany a quick begin however they want Spain to beat Japan.
  • 7.11pm – Morata heads in Spain’s opener. Germany transfer above Japan within the dwell desk into second place.
  • 8.04pm – Doan drives in an equaliser for Japan. They transfer stage with Germany on factors, aim distinction, objectives scored – however are forward on head-to-head file
  • 8.06pm – Tanaka bundles in one other Japan aim to guide Spain 2-1. Japan transfer high of group, Spain second and Germany third and going out on aim distinction.
  • 8.14pm – Tejeda scores an equaliser for Costa Rica, who go as much as third within the desk, behind Spain on aim distinction. Germany sit backside.
  • 8.26pm – Vargas places Costa Rica forward vs Germany – and extremely Germany and Spain are going dwelling with Japan high and Costa Rica sitting second.
  • 8.29pm – Havertz virtually immediately equalises for Germany. They’re nonetheless backside of the group however Spain transfer again above Costa Rica on aim distinction
  • 8.41pm – Havertz places Germany again in entrance. Germany transfer as much as third within the group. They want Spain to equalise towards group leaders Japan and they’ll go above Japan on objectives scored
  • 8.46pm – Fullkrug provides one other for Germany – however that doesn’t change their scenario. They nonetheless want a Spain equaliser.

What does the consequence imply?

Japan end high of Group E with six factors, that means they may face Group F runners-up Croatia within the final 16 on Monday, with kick-off at 3pm.

Spain end second on 4 factors, forward of Germany on aim distinction, and can face Group F winners Morocco within the final 16 on Tuesday, kicking off at 3pm.

Costa Rica end backside of Group E on three factors and, like Germany, exit the competitors.

How Germany’s fightback led to disappointment

Germany’s night time began in encouraging style when Gnabry made the again of the web ripple after simply 10 minutes. David Raum was the creator on Germany’s left-hand aspect, and his cross was expertly steered into the far nook by the Bayern Munich ahead.

Germany have been dominant and Leon Goretzka virtually scored on the again publish just for his header to be turned away by Keylor Navas, earlier than the spectacular Jamal Musiala masterfully tip-toed his manner into the Costa Rica space however pushed his effort broad.

Crew information

Germany made one change with Leroy Sane changing defender Thilo Kehrer as boss Hansi Flick chosen a extra attacking line-up.

Thomas Muller stored his place regardless of Niclas Fullkrug’s late equaliser towards Spain.

Costa Rica head coach Luis Fernando Suarez made three adjustments with Juan Pablo Vargas changing suspended defender Francisco Calvo.

Brandon Aguilera and Johan Venegas additionally got here into the beginning XI. Gerson Torres and Anthony Contreras dropped to the bench.

Serge Gnabry collects the ball after putting Germany ahead
Serge Gnabry gave Germany a Tenth-minute lead

Regardless of being in full management, Germany had Manuel Neuer – making his nineteenth outing on the World Cup to develop into the goalkeeper with essentially the most appearances within the historical past of the competitors – to thank for conserving them forward on the interval.

Raum and Antonio Rudiger did not cope with a protracted ball, permitting Keysher Fuller by, however his highly effective effort on aim was brilliantly palmed over by the veteran German stopper.

Frappart turns into first feminine referee at males’s World Cup

France’s Stephanie Frappart turned the primary lady to referee a match on the males’s World Cup after taking cost of Thursday’s conflict between Costa Rica and Germany.

The 38-year-old led an all-female on-field staff for the Group E match at Al Bayt Stadium, with Brazil’s Neuza Again and Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina chosen as her assistants.

FIFA named three feminine referees on its listing of 36 for the competitors, with Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita additionally in Qatar.

At half-time – and with Spain 1-0 up following Alvaro Morata’s strike – Germany have been on target for a last-16 tie towards Morocco. However that dramatically modified inside minutes of the restart when Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka fired Japan into the lead. And it might worsen for the Germans when Yeltsin Tejeda scored his first worldwide aim after 57 minutes to attract Costa Rica stage.

In a frenetic response, Germany hit Navas’ left-hand publish on three events – twice by Musiala and likewise by Rudiger – earlier than Costa Rica did the unthinkable and scored a second. Juan Pablo Vargas bundled the ball dwelling from a free-kick to ship Costa Rica wild and on the verge of following Japan into the knockout phases, with Spain becoming a member of Germany in departing the competitors.

Costa Rica's Yeltsin Tejeda, second from right, scores his side's first goal past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the World Cup group E soccer match between Costa Rica and Germany at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Yeltsin Tejeda pounced on a rebound to equalise for Costa Rica

However a topsy-turvy night time took one other twist when substitute Havertz hauled Germany stage after he transformed Niclas Fullkrug’s cross three minutes later. After which, with 5 minutes remaining, Havertz had his second, turning dwelling Gnabry’s cross to revive Germany’s lead.

Fullkrug then survived a VAR examine to web his aspect’s fourth earlier than 10 minutes of stoppage time ensued, with Germany hoping Spain might rescue a late equaliser towards Japan – a consequence that will see them progress.

However Japan held on to seal a well-known win towards Spain and ship Germany out of the World Cup – 4 years after they fell on the first hurdle as defending champions in Russia – on a darkish night time for one of many world’s nice soccer superpowers.

Germany's Kai Havertz scores their second goal of the game
Germany substitute Kai Havertz turned the sport round with a quickfire double

Flick: Germany want to coach in a different way

Germany head coach Hansi Flick stated: “Within the first half I used to be upset and really indignant at my staff and the way we allowed the opponent to come back again. We wished to attain three or 4 objectives within the first half however then we made errors.

“However the event was not determined at this time for us. We didn’t have any effectivity at this event and that’s the reason we have been eradicated.

“If you already know me and my staff, I do know we are able to rise up shortly and get better from that.

“We are going to work on a future that is essential and really decisive, and we are going to see how we are able to implement our thought. In mild of the European Championship, it’s tough to speak about that proper now after elimination.

“Now we have to assess our work in the course of the World Cup, and head into a distinct route. That is the following step we’re going to undertake and we are going to do this very quickly.

“For the way forward for German soccer, we have to prepare in a different way.

“For years we have been speaking about new goalkeepers and wingbacks, however what was all the time good was that we defended effectively. We want the fundamentals to be proper.”

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Germany head coach Hansi Flick says his aspect should get better shortly from their World Cup disappointment

Suarez: Costa Rica can maintain heads excessive

Costa Rica head coach Luis Fernando Suarez stated: “On this World Cup, we confirmed what Costa Rica are. I’m very calm that we are able to depart with our heads excessive. I’m so happy with this squad, they’re so particular. I’m so happy with them, greater than ever earlier than.

“I depart with a sense of disappointment, not as a result of we misplaced however that we’re leaving. It is robust to expertise this as a coach, much more so within the World Cup.

“Crucial factor is there may be a lot room for enchancment. Within the subsequent 4 years there are issues we have to change, however we have to construct on the whole lot we’ve executed previously few years.”

Japan’s controversial winner in photos

The aim that ended up sending Germany dwelling…

The ball appears to be over the line before Japan's Kaoru Mitoma crosses for team-mate Ao Tanaka to give them a 2-1 lead against Spain
The ball gave the impression to be over the road earlier than Japan’s Kaoru Mitoma reduce it again to Ao Tanaka for the second aim

The ball appears to be over the line before Japan's Kaoru Mitoma crosses for team-mate Ao Tanaka to give them a 2-1 lead against Spain
Mitoma was assembly a Ritsu Doan cross on the byline

The ball appears to be over the line before Japan's Kaoru Mitoma crosses for team-mate Ao Tanaka to give them a 2-1 lead against Spain
VAR dominated in favour of Japan, saying the curvature of the ball had not crossed the road

Germany’s event woes proceed – Opta stats

  • Germany have been eradicated from the group stage at consecutive World Cups (additionally 2018) after they’d progressed from the primary spherical group stage in every of their 16 earlier such appearances on the event.
  • Germany have did not hold a clear sheet of their final 12 matches at main tournaments (World Cups + Euros), additional extending their longest such streak.
  • Costa Rica have scored extra World Cup objectives towards Germany (4) than they’ve versus another aspect, surpassing the three they’d scored towards Uruguay in 2014. On the different finish, towards no aspect have they shipped extra objectives on the World Cup than they’ve versus Germany (8 – stage with Brazil).
  • Kai Havertz turned solely the second Germany participant to attain a brace instead in a single World Cup match after André Schürrle versus Brazil in 2014.
  • Germany’s Manuel Neuer made his nineteenth look on the World Cup tonight, turning into the goalkeeper with the outright most appearances within the historical past of the competitors.

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