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Costa Rica vs Germany, Japan vs Spain

Hello and good evening, welcome to our live coverage of tonight's Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup games.

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19:27

My name is Joba Ogunwale, and I'll be your host for tonight's games.

19:36

Today's the penultimate day of the final group games, and we have already had Group F action, where Morocco and Croatia qualified with Belgium and Canada crashing out.

19:44

Tonight will see Japan take on Span while Germany take on Costa Rica. All teams still stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, so there's a lot to play for.

19:45

Spain are in a comfortable position as they only need a draw against Japan to book their spot. Japan can qualify with a draw too but they will need Germany and Costa Rica's game to end in a draw. Costa Rica can qualify if they beat or draw against Germany and Japan fail to win.

19:47

Meanwhile, Germany need an outright win and hope that Japan fail to win against Spain to qualify. If Japan play a draw against Spain and Germany win, it will come down to goal difference. A Japan win over Spain and a Germany win will also see Germany and Spain battle it out on goal difference.

19:48

Germany XI against Costa Rica: Neuer, Rudiger, Raum, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Muller, Musiala, Sule, Sane, Gundogan

19:49

Costa Rica XI:  Navas, Vargas, Waston, Duarte, Oviedo, Tejeda, Borges, Fuller, Campbell, Aguilera, Venegas

19:49

Spain XI against Japan: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Rodri, Pau Torres, Balde, Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Nico Williams, Olmo, Morata.

19:50

Japan XI: Gonda, Taniguchi, Yoshida, Itakura, Nagatomo, Morita, Ito, Tanaka, Kamada, Kubo, Maeda

Japan and Spain XI
Costa Rica and Germany XI
19:56

The national anthems are done. There is a bit of history in Costa Rica's game against Germany. ,  an all-female refereeing trio led by Stephanie Frappart is taking charge of a FIFA World Cup game for the first time.

History makers.
20:00

We are underway in both games.

20:00

Germany have started with real intent as Jamal Musiala forces a brilliant save from Keylor Navas.

20:04

Spain also go close against Japan but Busquets shot was way off target.

20:07

Musiala is causing problems for Costa Rica as he shows off his quick feet, but Gortezka could not connect to his lay-up

20:08

The chances keep on coming for Germany, but Muller could not direct his header on target following a brilliant cross from Kimmich

20:09

Costa Rica 0-1 Germany. Serge Gnabry puts the four-time champions ahead with a brilliant header from Raum's cross. Costa Rica cannot have any complaints. It has been long coming.

20:11

Japan 0-1 Spain. Alvaro Morata has also put Spain ahead with a brilliant header.

20:12

As it stands now. Spain and Germany are going through.

Gnarbry's opener.
20:20

The tempo of the game has simmered down since the two favorites took the lead, but there is still about 55 minutes left in this game.

20:39

Gnarbry almost double Germany's lead with a brilliant curler.

20:40

Big chance for Costa Rica. Keysher Fuller Spence almost level the score for Costa Rica after a mixup in the German defence, Manuel  Neuer makes a vital save.

20:44

Half time in both games. Japan 0-1 Spain, Costa Rica 0-1 Germany. Spain and Germany going through as it stands.

20:47

Second half underway

21:01

Japan 1-1 Spain. We now have a twist. Japan are level through Ritsu Doan's brilliant effort. Big big goal for Japan

21:07

And they almost thought they have taken the lead, but the goal has been ruled out as the ball had gone out of play. We have a VAR review though

21:08

Japan 2-1 Spain. Unbelievable scenes as Japan's goal is given. Ao Tanaka slides home. What dramatic last five minutes

21:10

As it stands now. Germany are going out with Japan and Spain going through.

21:13

Costa Rica 1-1 Germany. More woes for Germany as Yeltsin Tejeda finishes home from a rebound after Neuer failed to stop Spence's header. Germany are now in big trouble

The goal that changed everything
21:22

Costa Rica 2-1 Germany. What is happening in this World Cup. Juan Pablo Vargas has put Costa Rica ahead.

21:29

Costa Rica 2-2 Germany. But immediately Kai Havertz restores parity for Germany. The two games tonight have had everything

21:30

Chance! Big big chance for Germany. Niclas Fullkrug had just the goal to beat but somehow Navas pulls off a remarkable save.

21:33

I just cannot keep up with the drama in this game and we still have eight minutes to go.

21:39

Costa Rica 2-3 Germany. Havertz scores his second of the game to put Germany ahead, but it will not be enough unless Spain score an equaliser against Japan

21:41

Chance for Spain to draw level twice but Gonda makes two big saves to deny Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio.

21:46

Costa Rica 2-4. Fullkrug wraps up the win for Germany. But they still need Spain to score an equaliser. Seven minutes of added time in Japan vs Spain game.

21:49

Into the last 40 seconds.

21:53

FT: Japan 2-1 Spain. It is all over. Japan have stunned Spain to finish top of Group E. La Roja finish second by the virtue of a better goal difference than Germany, whose 4-2 win over Costa Rica is not enough to see them through. This has been a night of total drama. What a World Cup this has turned out to be

21:55

That's it from my end. See you tomorrow for the final round of group games.

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