Spain v Germany: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022
Spain make a change to their starting XI after Costa Rica’s 7-0 defeat. Dani Carvajal replaces Cesar Azpilicueta in defence.
Germany responds to the compromising loss of Earth orbit to Japan by making two changes to its starting formation. Thilo Kehrer replaces Nico Schlotterbeck, while striker Kai Havertz makes way for an additional midfielder in Leon Goretzka.
Spain: Simon, Carvajal, Rodri, Laporte, Jordi Alba, Gavi, Busquets, Gonzalez, Ferran Torres, Asensio, Olmo.
Replacements: Sanchez, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Pau Torres, Llorente, Morata, Koke, Williams, Raya, Balde, Guillamon, Pino, Carlos Soler, Sarabia, Fati.
Germany: Neuer, Sule, Kehrer, Rudiger, Raum, Gundogan, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Muller, Musiala.
Replacements: Ginter, Havertz, Fullkrug, Gotze, Trapp, Klostermann, Brandt, Hofmann, Sane, Gunter, ter Stegen, Schlotterbeck, Adeyemi, Kotchap, Moukoko.
Good evening and welcome to our coverage of the first heavyweight battle of the 2022 World Cup. Early this morning we all assumed it would be imbued with extreme danger for Germany: after their shock 2-1 loss to Japan last week, defeat at the hands of Spain – who beat them 6 -0 the last time they faced each other, and whoever hopes to seal qualification tonight – would see them packing their bags. The winners of 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014 again qualify for the group stage.
But Costa Rica surprised Japan this afternoon. Now Group E looks like this…
…so Germany can afford to lose again tonight and, provided they haven’t let goal difference get out of control, they still have a realistic chance of making it to the last 16. that would be the job done.
Of course, nothing is ever as simple as that. In this scenario, even if they eliminate the Costa Ricans quite easily, Japan will be fighting for their lives against a Spanish B team, Luis Enrique’s main men taking a well-deserved rest having almost won the group, and a draw would be enough. to knock out Germany.
But you might tire yourself out working on every possible outcome. Ultimately, Germany needs a win to realistically hold it in their hands. (A draw would mathematically keep it in their hands, but they would most likely need a cricket score against Costa Rica.) Better to focus on current business. Kick off is at 7:00 p.m. GMT, 10:00 p.m. at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. انه يحدث! It’s on!