Germany and Spain face Hansi Flick’s men in Group E action on Sunday looking to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Nicklas Fullkrug equalized in the 83rd minute, the Germans drew 1-1 against Spain. VAR denied Germany an early goal while Alvaro Morata’s second-half goal put Spain in front.
Fullkrug came off the bench to help Germany tie things up with seven minutes left. The veteran forward made his way up the field before taking the ball from Jamal Musiala’s leg and passing it to Unai Simon.
Morata finished Jordi Alba in the 62nd minute and crossed the bar in the 62nd minute, and at that time Spain was ahead.
Antonio Rudiger’s header in the 40th minute looked to have put Germany ahead in the first half, but VAR ruled the veteran centre-back offside. Joshua Kimmich came close to putting Germany ahead in the 56th minute, but Simon was up to his task to deny the Bayern Munich midfielder.
Simon finished with three saves while Manuel Neuer made two of his own.
Spain remain top of Group E heading into Thursday’s match with Japan, while last-placed Germany need to beat Costa Rica to have any chance of progressing.
Here’s a closer look at Sunday’s World Cup action:
Croatia 4, Canada 1
(Andrej Kramaric 36′, 70′, Marko Livaja 44′, Lovro Majer 90+4′) – (Alphonso Davies 2′)
Croatia suffered an early blow from Croatia in their Group F match on Sunday, but eventually rallied to score four goals in a comeback win.
Andrej Kramaric scored two goals for Zlatko Dalic’s team and Marko Livaja and Lovro Majer also celebrated their goals in the 4-1 result. Croatia now top Group F after Morocco beat group favorites Belgium.
Canada took an early lead with Alphonso Davies scoring his first World Cup goal after just 69 seconds. Tajon Buchanan’s killer cross from the right wing was headed home by Davies, giving John Herdman’s side an early advantage.
Croatia took some time to get things going, but eventually got the momentum back in their favour. Ivan Perisic’s low cross was headed home by Kramaric in the 36th minute for his 21st international goal for his country.
Marko Livaja put Croatia ahead 2-1 after Josip Juranovic picked out his fellow striker in the box. Livaja did the rest, beating Milan Borjan into the bottom corner.
Kramaric extended Croatia’s lead to 3-1 in the 70th minute and Perisic scored again. It was the latest defensive breakdown for Canada, who struggled to contain the veteran Croatian side.
Majer came off the bench to add a fourth goal for Croatia in the final minutes, eliminating Canada from the tournament with one match remaining.
Croatia will face Belgium on Thursday, while Canada aims to take on Morocco in the final group game.
Belgium 0, Morocco 2
(Abdelhamid Sabiri 73′, Zakariya Aboykhlal 90+2′)
Morocco achieved one of their most historic victories on Sunday, beating tournament rivals Belgium 2-0.
A pair of second-half goals gave Walid Regragui a vital three points heading into Thursday’s final group game with Canada.
Hakim Ziyech was ruled out by VAR in the first half, despite sending a powerful shot past Thibaut Courtois. Ziyech’s free kick was ruled out for offsides as Romain Saiss was whistled as the guilty party.
Munir denied both Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens in the second half, both sides staying level for 25+ minutes. Morocco would score the winning goal with Abdelhamid Sabiri beating Courtois with a free kick.
Sabiri fired a right-footed shot into the box from the left wing, but needed no help from his teammates as the effort curled into the bottom corner.
Courtois failed to convert Sabiri’s free kick in the 73rd minute, as Morocco celebrated a historic lead.
Morocco would seal the win in stoppage time as Ziyech’s pass was headed into the net by Aboukhlal. Munir finished with three saves as Morocco topped Belgium.
Belgium will face Croatia on Thursday, while Morocco will face Canada.
Japan 0, Costa Rica 1
(Keysher Fuller 81′)
Costa Rica bounced back in a big way on Sunday with the Ticos beating Japan 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal by Keysher Fuller.
Both teams struggled heavily for attacking chances, but Fuller scored the winning goal in the dying moments of the match. Yeltsin Tejeda crossed to Fuller at the top of Japan’s box, before watching the right-back curl a shot into the top corner.
Keylor Navas finished the match with a three-save shutout as Costa Rica survived to advance to their final group game. Japan will face Spain on Thursday and Costa Rica will face Germany.