Monday, January 30, 2023

Germany, despite suffering win against Costa Rica, were eliminated

JOR, Qatar ( Associated Press) — Germany broke through with four goals but fell behind in the World Cup group stage for the second year in a row.

Kai Havertz and Niklas Fulkrug scored three goals in the final quarter-hour to defend off the bench as Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 on Thursday.

But Japan came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the second Group E match to finish on six points in the table, two ahead of the Spaniards and the Germans. Costa Rica closed with three points.

The four-time world champions, who started with a 2-1 defeat against Japan, were again knocked out in the first round, as was the case four years earlier in Russia.

Japan will face Croatia in the last 16 and Spain, who finished second in the group, will face Morocco.

Germany’s coach Hansi Flick demanded changes in the structure of the German team.

“Many personal mistakes were made and these are the things that make me very angry,” he said. “We need to do something different in training for the future of German football.”

Flick pointed to Spain as an example to follow.

“They focus on preparing young players, they get very good tactical knowledge,” he insisted.

Costa Rica, who made a poor start after a 7-0 win against Spain, still waved goodbye to Qatar with their heads held high in a game in which they came from behind and went ahead before the entrances of Havertz and Fulkrug. increased. The Central American team failed to get past the first round for the fourth time in six World Cup campaigns.

“Costa Rica’s version is not there from the first game,” said their Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suarez, highlighting his team’s tenacity.

Serge Gnabry opened the account after 10 minutes as Germany unleashed another storm against the Ticos in Qatar. Yeltsin Tejeda equalized on 58 and Juan Pablo Vargas kept Costa Rica on 70 until decisive goals from Havertz on 73 and 85 and Fulkrug on 89 came one after the other.

He said, ‘When the team started the second half, they went to the front and that’s why they got the advantage. Then we had to find a way to keep it, we threw ourselves too far back again and we already gave a team an advantage which is very good in the last quarter of the field”, Suárez admitted.

The whole of Germany turned towards the Costa Rican zone from the outset as Jamal Musiala burned the hands of Keylor Navas while Thomas Müller warned with a header near the post.

It seemed a copy of what Costa Rica had experienced in the humiliation against La Roja a week earlier. He barely touched the ball due to suffocation. It didn’t take long for Germany to capitalize on that pressure with Gnabry’s first goal.

The Bayern Munich attacker thwarted David Raum’s cross with a header from the left flank.

The Ticos came out with a line of five in defence, as well as midfielders who joined in to help, which served to counter the German frenzy to some extent.

Midway through the first half, Costa Rica got their first chance when Brian Oviedo dropped down the left flank for Joel Campbell, who could not close well. Late in the first half, a long pass to Keisher Fuller almost ended in a tie. The author of the 1-0 win against Japan entered the area and produced a shot which Manuel Neuer miraculously swiped out for a corner.

Advanced into the Costa Rican camp, the Germans exposed themselves to counterattack. and the equalizing goal came from the loss of the ball in the middle of the pitch.

Fuller, clean on the right wing, crossed for a Kendall Waston header which was knocked loose by Neuer and headed in by Yeltsin Tejeda. Germany quickly replied with a two shot from Musiala which crashed off the post.

But another Costa Rican feat began to unfold when the second goal fell, resulting from a cross into the area. Waston headed in and in the midst of a fight with several defenders, Juan Pablo Vargas managed to point it in to enter. VAR confirms the goal.

Havertz fell to tie it shortly thereafter, and Navas avoided a third by taking a shot from Fullkrug at point-blank range.

The winning goals by Hertz and Fulkrug came at a time when the Germans already knew that Japan was doing wonders in a simultaneous game against Spain.

A Japanese victory by only one goal put the Germans out.

With six wins in eight fixtures and a loss to Mexico at the last World Cup in Russia, Germany came into the clash with CONCACAF rivals with an outright dominance. Costa Rica, for its part, had a record of one win and ten losses against European teams in the World Cup.

The match was also notable because French referee Stéphanie Frappart became the first woman to officiate at a men’s World Cup.

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