Doha. When the World Cup draws were made in April, all eyes were on the clash between Germany and Spain at the Al Bayt Stadium. Eight months later, the clash between the two former world champions has become all the more important. Both of them were considered favorites for the title but Germany are on the verge of being knocked out after losing their opening match to Japan. He will have to win against Spain on Sunday to keep his hopes alive.
If they lose to Spain, Germany may have to pack up in the first round itself for the second consecutive World Cup. A defeat for Germany and at least a draw between Japan and Costa Rica will see the four-time champions out. Spain, on the other hand, would like to secure their place in the knockouts. He defeated Costa Rica 7–0 in his first match. The sign for Germany is not encouraging. The last match he played against Spain in the Nations League two years back was a 6-0 defeat. Germany won their fourth World Cup title in Brazil in 2014 but were knocked out at the group stage in 2018.
If the story of four years ago is repeated this time too, it will be the first time that Germany will not make it to the knockouts in two consecutive World Cups. Spain won its last World Cup title in 2010 in South Africa, while in 2018 it could not progress past the last 16. If Spain beat Germany and Costa Rica fails to beat Japan, then it will reach the last 16.
After a big win over Costa Rica, the Spanish team will enter the field against Germany with high morale. Spain coach Luis Enrique said that the result of the last match has boosted our morale but now we face Germany who are in dire need of a win. Germany winger Leroy Sane can return in this match. He did not play in the last match due to a knee injury. This will be the fifth match between these two giants of world football in the World Cup. The last match between these two in the World Cup was played in the semi-finals in 2010, which Spain won 1-0.