2022 World Cup : Spain-Germany, a must-see shock !

La Roja vs. Die Nationalmannschaft, it’s tonight

Spain-Germany, it is played tonight (10pm in Qatar) live from the Al Bayt Stadium. The match is the biggest game of the group and the first big clash of the World Cup. The stakes are high, with the Spaniards in a position to secure qualification and the Germans playing for their lives.

With Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over Japan earlier today, the cards in Group E have shuffled a bit. Three nations are now on three points (Japan, Spain, Costa Rica), and if the Mannschaft can beat Spain tonight, everyone will be level. But if La Roja beat Germany, Hansi Flick’s men would be on the brink of a precipice and Luis Henrique’s troops would be 99% qualified. In other words, the 2014 world champions are playing for their lives against the Spaniards. A draw would not help Germany either, as they would still have to win their potential match of fear against Keylor Navas and his teammates, hoping of course that the Japanese do not beat Spain in the process. The Spanish team will therefore go into this Sunday’s game in a strong position. As a reminder, La Roja beat Costa Rica 7-0, and Die Mannschaft lost 1-2 to the Blue Samurai in the first game of Group E.

With Spanish gems Pedri and Gavi, as well as German prodigy Jamal Musiala, this match will be a real game within a game. At 20, 18 and 19, these three are considered the future of world football in the midfield. Pedri won the Kopa Trophy in 2021, and Gavi, his teammate at Barça, succeeded him this year (Musiala finished third). In their first game in a World Cup, they all excelled, especially Gavi, becoming the youngest La Roja player to play a World Cup game. Even in defeat, Jamal Musiala showed the extent of his technical range.

Historically, advantage Spain

The last meeting between these two great nations is clearly not a good memory for the Mannschaft. The reason for this is that Spain gave them a heavy 6-0 slap in the Nations League on 17 November 2021. One of their worst defeats. To find the trace of a German victory over La Roja in international competition, we must go back to the time of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), with a 2-0 victory at the 1988 Euro. Otherwise, since the 90s, there has been no victory in sight against the Spanish (always in international competition). This evening, the team led by Manuel Neuer has a date with history and will be keen to get back into the race to qualify for the last 16. Kick-off 10pm (7pm in England) at Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar with Danny Makkielie on the whistle.

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