JOR, Qatar ( Associated Press) — Kai Havertz and Niklas Fulkrug came to the rescue off the bench with three goals each in the final quarter-hour as Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 in dramatic fashion on Thursday, but were still eliminated from the match. Got out ,
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, who beat Spain 2–1 in Group E’s second match, finished first with an incredible six points, and La Rosa finished second with four points, the same as Germany but with a better goal difference. . Costa Rica bid a bye with three points.
Japan will face Croatia and Spain will face Morocco in the Round of 16.
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 its six World Cup appearances.
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.
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.