World Cup

Germany vs. Spain: Prediction, background, early exit

On Sunday, high-flying Spain will face an out-of-sorts Germany team at the Al Bayt Stadium. The two European powerhouses had very different 2022 World Cup openings.

While La Roja recently achieved their biggest World Cup victory, Die Mannschaft suffered one of their most humiliating losses on the biggest stage in the world and are now in danger of being eliminated from Group E.

Spain defeated Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday at the Al Thumama Stadium to win their World Cup opener in commanding fashion for the first time since 2006.

Within the first 31 minutes, goals from Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, and Ferran Torres helped La Roja jump out to a three-goal lead. The former scored Spain’s 100th World Cup goal.

Following the interval, Torres added his second goal before Gavi, Carlos Soler, and Alvaro Morata also scored to give Luis Enrique’s team the ideal start to their Group E campaign.

There was a clear difference in class between the two countries as Spain had 81.9% of the possession, the highest percentage of any team since Opta began tracking statistics for the World Cup in 1966, while a hopeless Costa Rican team managed just one shot in the entire game.

The ability of Spain to repeat such a dominant performance against Germany in their subsequent match may be questioned, but following their memorable 6-0 victory over Die Mannschaft in their most recent meeting in the UEFA Nations League in November 2020, they can be confident of victory going into the match on Sunday.

Since winning the world championship in 2010, Spain has struggled on the biggest international stage, losing in the group stage in 2014 and then losing on penalties to the 2018 hosts Russia in the last 16.

However, a decisive victory over Germany could return La Roja to the list of teams that have a chance to win the tournament this year in Qatar, and it would all but guarantee their entry into the knockout stages before their final group match against Japan.

Following their shocking 2-1 loss to Japan on Wednesday, Germany is in danger of suffering another humiliating group-stage exit at the World Cup, four years after they did so in Russia.

Despite early indications of Japan’s offensive threat in the first half, Germany found themselves in front thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan penalty as the game came to a close.

Despite early indications of Japan’s offensive threat in the first half, Germany found themselves in front thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan penalty as the game came to a close.

However, two Bundesliga forwards abruptly changed the course of the match in favor of the Samurai Blue. Ritsu Doan of Freiburg restored parity in the 75th minute, and Takuma Asano of VfL Bochum clinched the victory seven minutes from time.

FIFA’s tenth-ranked Germany has only won two of their last nine international matches overall, and head coach Hansi Flick has acknowledged that his team is “under pressure” going into Sunday’s crucial match against Spain.

Die Mannschaft will now try to avoid losing consecutive group-stage matches at the same World Cup tournament for the first time in their quest to win a record-equaling fifth world title.

It may be difficult for them to get back on the winning track, though, as they have only triumphed in one of their last seven encounters with Spain over a period of 19 years, a 1-0 friendly victory in November 2014, and they have not triumphed in a competitive match against La Roja since a 2-0 victory at Euro 1988.

If Japan wins its match against Costa Rica earlier on Sunday, Germany needs to defeat Spain to keep from losing the World Cup’s group stage twice in a row. Game Mole.

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