Costa Rica vs Germany LIVE: World Cup 2022 result and reaction as Germany win but go out

Germany must defeat Costa Rica or else they will be eliminated from the World Cup

Michael Jones
Thursday 01 December 2022 22:11 GMT
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Four-time champions Germany sensationally crashed out of the World Cup despite a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica in their last Group E match on Thursday, tumbling out at the first hurdle for the second consecutive time. Germany finished third in the standings, behind Spain on goal difference, with Japan top following their 2-1 win over the Spaniards.

The result left Japan facing Croatia in the last 16 while Spain will take on Morocco. On a night of unrelenting drama in the desert near Doha, the Germans struck first with Serge Gnabry in the 10th minute but saw the Central Americans score twice with Yeltsin Tejeda and a Manuel Neuer own goal before a Kai Havertz brace put them back in front. Fellow substitute Niclas Fuellkrug added a fourth in stoppage time but it could do nothing to prevent their elimination as Spain advanced with a superior goal difference. It was the first time in their illustrious World Cup history that Germany had failed to win any of their first two group matches and despite bagging a win on their last attempt, they will be departing Qatar with dropped heads.

“In the first half I was disappointed and very angry at my team and how we allowed the opponent to come back,” Germany coach Hansi Flick said. “We wanted to score three or four goals in the first half but then we made mistakes. If we had converted those chances, 16 of them. But the tournament was not decided today for us. We did not have any efficiency at this tournament and that is why we were eliminated.”

They were teetering on the brink of elimination going into the game after losing their opening group match to Japan and then snatching a 1-1 draw against Spain. Needing only victory to avoid a repeat of their shock 2018 World Cup first round exit, Germany, with seven Bayern Munich players in their line-up, charged forward from the start in search of an early goal to settle their nerves. Jamal Musiala cut from left into the box and tested keeper Keylor Navas with a low drive in the second minute. It was one-way traffic initially and unmarked Thomas Mueller should have done much better when he was picked out by Joshua Kimmich but could not keep his header on target. Gnabry, however, scored with his glancing header in the 10th minute to put the four-time champions in front. Costa Rica, who required at least a point to have a chance to progress, rarely crossed into the German half, with only about 25% possession in the first 45 minutes. Germany were eager to make amends for their bad tournament start with teenager Musiala repeatedly taking on the entire Costa Rican defence. The chances kept coming but the Germans, as in the game against Japan, struggled to convert them. They were almost punished when Keysher Fuller benefitted from a double defensive blunder but his shot was tipped over the bar by Neuer, whose 19th appearance at the tournament was a World Cup record for goalkeepers.

With the group standings flashing up on the big screen of the Al Bayt stadium, Germany grew nervous with Musiala twice hitting the post early in the second half. Neuer, however, could do nothing 13 minutes after the restart when Tejeda thundered the ball past him on the rebound after he had first saved a Kendall Waston header. Juan Pablo Vargas then appeared to have bundled the ball over the line in the 70th minute to put Costa Rica in front but the effort was later credited as a Neuer own goal. Substitute Havertz scored twice in 12 minutes and Fuellkrug added another in stoppage time but ultimately it was too little too late with Spain advancing with a superior goal difference.

Relive all the action from out live blog below:


GOAL! Costa Rica 2-4 Germany (Fullkrug, 89’)⚽️

89 mins: VAR overturns the on field decision and Germany have a fourth goal!

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:47

DISALLOWED! Costa Rica 2-3 Germany

89 mins: Joshua Kimmich flicks the ball over the top and picks out Leroy Sane in the box. Sane chests the ball down to Niclas Fullkrug who turns the ball into the back of the net only to get flagged for offside.

VAR are taking a look at this though.

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:46

Costa Rica 2-3 Germany

88 mins: This group is going down to the wire. As it stands Spain are going through ahead of Germany due to goal difference. If Spain score then Germany would go through having scored more goals than Japan.

Germany have done what they can and now need Spain to do them a huge favour.

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:44

GOAL! Costa Rica 2-3 Germany (Havertz, 85’)⚽️

85 mins: Germany are not done yet!

Serge Gnabry brings the ball down the right wing and curls a decent cross into the box. It skips through the six-yard area and bounces up to Kai Havertz who arrives at the back post for a tap in!

Germany are back in front but they need another goal and they need Spain to score.

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:41

Costa Rica 2-2 Germany

82 mins: Inside the last 10 minutes of the 90 now. Can Costa Rica score? Substitute Ronald Matarrita is sent sprinting after the ball as it’s played down the left wing and he carries it all the way to the byline before putting a low pass into the box.

He’s got one team mate to aim for but Antonio Rudiger gets back in time to intercept.

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:39

Costa Rica 2-2 Germany

79 mins: As time ticks by things are looking bleak for Germany. They need to score twice and hope for a goal from Spain to get themselves into the knockout rounds.

A goal for Costa Rica will send them through though. Which way is this group going to go?

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:36

Costa Rica 2-2 Germany

76 mins: Save! Navas denies Fullkrug! What a game this has turned into!

Germany break down the left wing with Musiala driving the ball forward. He slips Leroy Sane into the box before a squared pass comes over to Fullkrug at the back post.

He shoots with a first time effort but Navas has the angle covered and stops the ball with his head!

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:29

GOAL! Costa Rica 2-1 Germany (Vargas, 70’)⚽️

70 mins: Oh my god! Costa Rica win a free kick over on the left wing and swing it over to the far side of the box. It gets headed into the six yard area where Oscar Duarte flicks it on to Juan Pablo Vargas.

He scuffs a shot into Manuel Neuer but the ball comes loose, hits the Costa Rican defender and then bounces over the line! It’s a scrappy goal but Costa Rica are ahead against Germany!

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:26

Costa Rica 1-1 Germany

67 mins: Gotze and Havertz replace David Raum and Thomas Muller. Costa Rica are camped deep in their own half now as Jamal Musiala brings the ball to the edge of the box.

He shoots and rattles the right hand post! It’s the third time Germany have struck the woodwork since the equaliser!

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:23

Costa Rica 1-1 Germany

64 mins: Mario Gotze and Kai Havertz are getting prepared to come on for Germany. They need to score at least two goals to be in with a shout of qualifying and then they have to hope Spain score against Japan.

Michael Jones1 December 2022 20:22

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