World Cup (group E): Germany snatch the draw in the shock against Spain (1-1)

Germany had two knees down but got up and stay alive. Under pressure against Spain, in the big shock of group E, the Mannschaft was able to snatch a more than precious point (1-1). Dominated in the game by a Roja full of control, she even suffered the opener from Alvaro Morata (62nd). The incoming Niclas Füllkrug nevertheless managed to equalize thanks to his determination (83rd). The Hansi Flick men can still hope to get a place in the round of 16 in a compact pool.

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The Germans got away with it but didn’t convince either. Because Spain, sure of its strength after its card against Costa Rica (7-0), quickly won the battle for possession by setting foot on the ball. His technical ease surprised opponents who saw Dani Olmo fire a 20-meter missile in the middle and force Manuel Neuer to deflect the ball with the tips of his gloves on his crossbar (7th).

Biting entry for Morata

With Leon Goretzka incumbent in recovery like Thilo Kehrer on the right of the defense, the Mannschaft could only work to plug the breaches for a long time. Jordi Alba created one to place a shot from the right from 25 meters which grazed the target (22nd) and Ferran Torres did not take advantage of an offering from the hard-hitting Olmo by missing the target at six meters (33rd). Germany thought they scored from a set piece but Antonio Rüdiger was offside when he placed his header on a free kick and his goal was disallowed (39th).

Faced with the rather sterile domination of his men, Luis Enrique quickly replaced Torres with Morata and replaced the discreet Marco Asensio on the right of his attack at the start of the second period (54th). This choice bore fruit because the newcomer unblocked the situation by coming to cut, at the first post, a low center from Alba (1-0, 62nd). Morata has two goals in this World Cup.

Filling jug sauve la team

The entries of Koke and Nico Williams (66th), they proved less fruitful for a Roja who retreated in the face of the sudden reaction of Germans with their backs to the wall or even on the edge of the precipice. Flick replaced Thomas Müller, Ilkay Gundogan and Kehrer with Lukas Klostermann, Leroy Sané and Fullkrug (69th). Accompanied by the excellent Jamal Musiala, the last two immediately rushed to attack the surface of Unai Simon (72nd, 73rd, 74th).

Served by the young Munich player, Fullkrug ended up making his power speak in the zone of truth to equalize with an unstoppable shot (1-1, 83rd). His second goal in 3 selections is very expensive for Germany, beaten from the start by Japan (1-2). The snatch draw allows him to consider a qualification in case of success against Costa Rica next Thursday, while monitoring the result of Japan-Spain.

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