In the World Cup match on December 1, the Costa Rican team will play against Germany. Who will take the upper hand in this match?
A 1-0 victory over Japan in the second round left Group E in full swing and, in the words of Costa Rica’s mentor, his team can still “dream.” Nevertheless, a win in tonight’s game over the four-time world champions puts the North American team in the playoffs.
After the first game, in which Los Ticos lost to Spain with an obscene score of 0-7, it seems unrealistic to make the playoffs, however, this is soccer and anything can happen – there is still plenty of room for the sensation in this World Cup. Moreover, a draw could be enough for Luis Fernando Suárez’s charges, should Spain win the other game in this quartet.
The only thing we can fear is a repeat of the scenario of the last meeting in 2006, when the Bundestim won 4-2. Calvo will not be able to play today as he has been yellow-carded.
After the humiliating departure of the German national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when the German squad left the tournament already in the group stage, everyone thought that lightning would not strike the Bundestim a second time. However, it is quite possible – the team has only a draw against Spain (1-1) on its account, and even that was achieved at the very end of the second-round game. Moreover, the German machine is winless in two World Cups in a row, which is hard to believe.
Nevertheless, the dry facts of the statistics speak for themselves, as Germany broke all undesirable records, and their 35.8% possession percentage was the lowest in World Cup history since 1966! On a positive note, though, Niklas Fülkrug’s goal was the first scored by a player who came on as a substitute since Mario Götze’s goal in 2014. Moreover, the Black and White coach Hansi Flick expects his charges to win with confidence.
In this match, we count on a confident success of the German team – the German team has an excellent selection of technical and experienced players who can take control of the game and win convincingly only by class. In addition, the Germans have enough motivation to make it to the next round.