Good evening football lovers, welcome to tonight’s coverage of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
We’ve seen three matches come to a conclusion today.
Costa Rica defeated Japan 1-0 in the first match of the day, before Morocco defeated Belgium 2-0. Just moments ago, Croatia came back from a goal down to crush Canada 4-1 and knock them out of the 2022 World Cup.
Tonight’s clash is a far more highly-anticipated fixture as Germany take on high-flyers Spain.
Kick off is at 8:00PM WAT and the venue is at the iconic Al Bayt Stadium.
Team news is already out. Let’s see how Germany line up tonight.
Meanwhile, here’s how Spain fields out.
Tonight, Manuel Neuer (18) ties Brazil's Cláudio Taffarel (in 1998) and Germany's Sepp Maier (1978) for the most World Cup appearances as a goalkeeper - via Opta.
We’re expected to be in for a cracker tonight. Just over 30 minutes until kick off and the tension is already peaking.
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We’re less than 30 minutes away from kick off. Germany need to win this match having stumbled dramatically against Japan in their opening group game fixture.
Spain on the other hand began in their campaign with a resounding 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica.
We’re actually buzzing for tonight’s fixture. It’s the 2010 Champions vs the 2014 Champions. Who will come out on top tonight?
Both managers Luis Enrique (Spain) and Hansi Flick (Germany) are serial winners at club level and are widely regarded amongst the best coaches in world football.
Hansi Flick won 6 trophies in his first year at Bayern Munich including the Champions League.
Luis Enrique won the treble with Barcelona in his the 2014-15 season including the Champions League and went on to win a double the next season with the Blaugrana.
So, tactically both managers could just about match up each other - which is what makes tonight’s clash even more interesting.
15 minutes to go until kick off!!!
KICK OFF! And we’re underway here. It’s Spain vs Germany.
Spain recorded their biggest win in the World Cup in their last match last week, while Germany were shocked by Japan and will be desperate to put things right against the La Furia Roja.
4’ Leon Goretzka (Germany) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Referee Danny Makkelie has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle.
5’ Ferran Torres (Spain) tries to find Marco Asensio, but he puts too much power on the pass.
7’ Dani Olmo (Spain) latches on to a pin-point pass on the edge of the box and slashes the ball into the top right corner, but the goalkeeper performs an amazing acrobatic dive to deny him. The strike bounces off his gloves and hits the post.
10’ Serge Gnabry (Germany) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
14’ Spain have dominated possession in this match so far.
15’ And after the opening 15 minutes Germany are still yet to attempt a shot on goal in this match.
17’ Flag goes up against Thomas Muller (Germany) and the referee blows his whistle for offside.
20’ Spain have been super impressive wit their passing here. Patiently waiting their chance.
22’ Jordi Alba (Spain) collects a pass and manages to hold off the defender, then rifles in a shot from mid-range which unluckily swerves inches past the left post. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Germany.
24’ Serge Gnabry (Germany) makes a rough challenge and the referee blows for a foul.
27’ Ferran Torres (Spain) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but only hits one of the opposition, who gets in the way of his effort.
27’ Rodri (Spain) commits a foul.
28’ David Raum (Germany) commits a foul there. Lucky to escape a booking there.
30’ It’s just tackles flying here and there. Marco Asensio (Spain) commits a foul.
31’ 30 minutes played and Germany are still yet to have an attempt on goal.
Antonio Rudiger (Germany) receives an accurate pass and attempts to threaten the goalkeeper with his long-range strike. Unfortunately for him, his effort goes high above the crossbar. The ball goes out of play and Spain will have a goal kick.
It’s still Spain 0-0 Germany after 30 minutes. Will we see an opener in this first half?
33’ Dani Olmo (Spain) is caught offside.
35’ Corner to Spain.
36’ Corner to Spain.
37’ Yellow Card for Germany: Thilo Kehrer is booked for a rash challenge.
38’ Serge Gnabry is offside after attempting a run.
39’ Jordi Alba(Spain) commits a foul.
39’ GOAL!! Germany
OFFSIDE!!! Or Wait.. No. Antonio Rudiger’s goal is ruled out for offside. Huge let-off for Germany.
VAR ruled out Germany’s goal. Score is still 0-0
42’ Corner Spain.
44’ Sergio Busquets sees a Yellow Card for Spain.
45+1’ Real chance for Germany again: Antonio Rudiger (Germany) connects with the ball in the six-yard box after the resulting free kick and shoots towards the leftside of the goal, but Unai Simon makes a magnificent save
45’ There will 2 minutes of added time.
HALF TIME at the Al Bayt Stadium. It’s still Spain 0-0 Germany. An intriguing first half ends in a stalemate.
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47’ Gavi (Spain) commits a rough foul.
51’ A cross from a mid-range free kick, taken by Germany, is overhit and the ball goes out of play.
52’ Spain continue to dominate possession. Still 0-0 after 50 minutes.
54’ Ferran Torres is replaced by Alvaro Morata (Spain).
56’ CHANCE! Germany: Joshua Kimmich (Germany) had time and space inside the box after picking up a neat pass, but his shot towards the left side of the goal was brilliantly saved by Unai Simon.
56’ Leon Goretzka (Germany) receives a yellow card.
59’ David Raum (Germany) sends over a cross from the side into the penalty area but can’t find any of his teammates. Still 0-0.
60’ Joshua Kimmich (Germany) has tested the patience of referee
60’ Joshua Kimmich (Germany) gets a yellow card.
62’ GOAL!! Spain: It’s the substitute Alvaro Morata who opens the scoring finally! It’s Spain 1-0 Germany.
Serious problems for Germany now who could be on the brink of crashing out of the World Cup group stage. They need a result here tonight.
64’ Leon Goretzka (Germany) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but he fails to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.
66’ Marco Asensio will be replaced by Koke (Spain).
66’ Gavi is replaced by Nico Williams (Spain).
Hansi Flick has a couple of talents in his Arsenal. Perhaps, now is the time to take the risks and shape things up a bit.
70’ Ilkay Gundogan is given a rest as he is replaced by Leroy Sane (Germany).
70’ We’ve had a total of 4 Yellow Cards in this match. Spain still lead Germany 1-0.
71’ Thilo Kehrer is replaced by Lukas Klostermann (Germany).
71’ Niclas Fullkrug (Germany) replaces Thomas Muller.
73’ Jamal Musiala (Germany) receives a precise pass in the box and takes the shot early. The ball heads towards the middle of the goal, but Unai Simon shows off his skills and makes a brilliant save to deny him.
Germany are looking as desperate as they should be. They need to really dig deep here.
74’ Germany have a corner.
74’ Niclas Fullkrug (Germany) heads over the bar and the chance goes begging.
Going back to that Musiala chance again. He should’ve buried that 1v1 and got the leveler for Germany. But full credit to Unai Simon for making that save.
75’ Alvaro Morata is offside for Spain.
78’ 12 minutes to go here. Can Germany find a response before the 90 minute mark?
79’ Leroy Sane (Germany) goes down under a challenge in the box, and thinks he’s been fouled but the referee waves play on.
81’ Rodri commits a foul and it’s a free kick to Germany.
81’ Germany have a corner.
82’ Jordi Alba is going off and Luis Enrique gives the last tactical orders to Alejandro Balde (Spain).
GOAL!! Germany: It’s the substitute Niclas Fullkrug who manages to put the ball in the back of the net. It’s Spain 1-1 Germany. Game On!!
Can Germany go ahead and get the winner now?
85’ Serge Gnabry is being replaced by Jonas Hofmann (Germany).
87’ Nico Schlotterbeck (Germany) coming on for David Raum.
3 minutes to go plus added time. Will the Germans get the much-needed win or will Spain break their hearts?
90’ Corner to Spain.
90’ There will be a minimum of 6 minutes of added time here.
90’ There will be a minimum of 6 minutes of added time here. Will we get a winner?
90+2’ Play is stopped after Dani Olmo (Spain) commits a nasty foul.
4 more minutes to play. It’s now a matter of who wants it more.
90+5’ One more minute left to play.
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90+6’ Corner to Germany.
FULL TIME! It’s finished Spain 1-1 Germany. Nothing to separate both teams after 90 minutes.
FT | Spain 1-1 Germany - Huge improvement in quality tonight, substitutions key for Hansi Flick. It’s still all to play for in Group E.
Here’s how things stand in Group E following tonight’s result.
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