Germany grind out crucial draw against Spain to keep World Cup hopes alive


Niclas Fullkrug gave Germany a precious point against Spain as they battle for World Cup survival in Qatar
Germany’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase had been given an unlikely lifeline earlier on Sunday when Costa Rica defeated Japan when any other result would have meant defeat by Spain would send them out.
Spain went in front after 62 minutes when substitute Alvaro Morata applied a brilliant near-post flick to Jordi Alba’s cross.
Germany pressed forward and Fullkrug gave them a point seven minutes from time when he burst through and lashed an unstoppable finish high past Spain keeper Unai Simon.
Germany need to defeat Costa Rica and hope that Japan do not defeat Spain in the other final group game but the Germans will be buoyed up by the fact that the Spanish side led by manager Luis Enrique’ need something from the fixture against the Japanese, so will not be lacking of motivation.

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