Substitute Niclas Fullkrug’s shut vary strike late within the second half rescued Germany a useful 1-1 draw in opposition to Spain in a World Cup Group E showdown on Sunday, a end result which left the group nonetheless huge open.
Alvaro Morata beat his marker and flicked the ball in on the close to publish previous goalkeeper Manuel Neuer following a low cross from Jordi Alba within the 62nd minute to provide Spain the lead.
However Fullkrug levelled within the 83rd minute, smashing residence a free ball contained in the field.
Spain tops the standings with 4 factors and now wants solely a attract its ultimate Group E recreation in opposition to Japan to progress. A win would ship the facet by means of to the knockout spherical in first place.
Germany, which misplaced 2-1 in its opener in opposition to Japan, is backside of the desk on one level. It must win in opposition to Costa Rica on Thursday and its hopes then rely on Japan dropping. If Japan attracts, it could come all the way down to aim distinction or objectives scored by Germany and Japan.
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