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Germany cling to World Cup hopes after Niclas Füllkrug forces Spain draw

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    SPAIN 1-1 GERMANY Germany cling to World Cup hopes after Niclas Füllkrug forces Spain draw
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SPAIN 1-1 GERMANY: Hansi Flick's side are rock bottom of Group E, but claimed a point after Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Spain before Niclas Füllkrug's equaliser late in the second-half

It's not all over for Germany at the FIFA World Cup 2022 as they remained in the race for a Round of 16 spot after a 1-1 draw with Spain on Monday. The result gave the four-time champions a much needed one point to stay alive in Qatar, while Spain consolidated their top position in the Group E standings with four points.

Germany were in all sorts of trouble after conceding a goal in the 62nd minute, which could have potentially ended their campaign with a game in hand. But substitute Niclas Fuellkrug struck seven minutes before regulation time to calm the things down for the Germans. They even looked good for a late winner in stoppage time but Spain managed to take away a point from the game.

Alvaro Morata came from the bench again and broke the deadlock just after the hour-mark at the Al Bayt stadium, but Spain failed to keep the advantage til the end. Spain will be happy with the final outcome as they now needed just a draw against Japan in the last game to secure a spot in the knockout stage. Japan, who are in second place with three points despite losing to Costa Rica on Sunday, are also in the mix for the last 16 spot.

Germany will play Costa Rica, who are also in the race and are at third spot with three points behind Japan on goal difference, in their last group game, and a win will take them to four points. So, a Japan loss will take Germany to the next round with Spain from the group. But a draw for Japan or a loss for Spain will bring in the goal difference/ goal scored by the teams into play.

Germany were looking in danger of suffering another early exit from the World Cup, after being eliminated following the group stage in 2018, before Fuellkrug took advantage of Jamal Musiala's battling in the box to fire high into the net past Unai Simon in Spain's goal.

Morata, himself a substitute, had increased the jeopardy for the Germans when he neatly flicked in a cross by Jordi Alba in the 62nd minute.

The Spaniards looked more relaxed from the start, cutting through Germany with their angled passing, and Dani Olmo almost created an early breakthrough in the seventh minute but his shot was palmed onto the bar by Manuel Neuer.
Germany went into their encounter against Spain at the Al Bayt Stadium under immense pressure after suffering a shock defeat to Japan in their opening match.