HIGHLIGHTS, ESP 1-1 GER, FIFA World Cup: Spain, Germany share spoils

FIFA World Cup 2022: Catch the live score and updates from the Spain vs Germany Group E FIFA World Cup game at the Al Bayt Stadium.

FILE: Alvaro Morata.

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FIFA World Cup 2022: Catch the live score and updates from the Spain vs Germany Group E FIFA World Cup game at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Spain vs Germany Group E FIFA World Cup game at the Al Bayt Stadium.

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Here are the lineups for the match:

Spain: Unai Simon - Dani Carvajal, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba - Sergio Busquets (c), Gavi, Pedri - Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo

Germany: Manuel Neuer (c)- Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Suele, Antonio Ruediger, David Raum - Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka - Thomas Mueller, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala

00:17 - Spain players on their way to warm up:

00:15 - Spain vs Germany in 2010 FIFA World Cup

The last meeting between Spain and Germany was in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where Carles Puyol’s decisive header guided the Spaniards to the final in South Africa.

00:10 - Neuer makes record!

The German keeper makes his 18th appearance in a World Cup match. He is tied with Brazil’s Cláudio Taffarel and Germany’s Sepp Maier for most appearances by a goalkeeper at World Cups.

23:55- Germany’s struggles

Die Mannschaaft have lost three of their last four World Cup matches.

23:50 - Last World Cup results

Spain: Won 7-0 vs Costa Rica

Germany: Lost 1-2 vs Japan

23:40 - Spain vs Germany Head to Head Record

Played: 25 | Spain: 8 | Germany: 9 | Draw: 8

PREVIEW

When the World Cup draw came out in April, one of the highlights of the group stage was Sunday’s Spain vs. Germany match at Al Bayt Stadium.

Eight months later, the game between the two former world champions and pre-tournament favorites gained even more prominence thanks to Germany’s surprising loss to Japan in its opener in Qatar.

Another setback against Spain this weekend and Germany may be heading home early for the second straight World Cup. A loss — coupled with at least a draw by Japan against Costa Rica earlier Sunday — will mean elimination for the four-time champions.

Spain, meanwhile, will be looking to secure its spot in the next stage and reinforce its status as one of the top title contenders following an impressive 7-0 rout of Costa Rica in its opener.

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The signs are not encouraging for Germany. Its most recent match against Spain was an embarrassing 6-0 defeat in the Nations League two years ago. Its last win against “La Roja” came in a friendly eight years ago.

Germany won its fourth World Cup title in 2014 in Brazil but didn’t make it out of the group stage in 2018 after losses to South Korea and México. It would be the first time it fails to advance past the group stage in back-to-back tournaments.

Spain won its lone World Cup in 2010 in South Africa and was eliminated in the round of 16 in 2018 in Russia. A win against Germany will allow Spain to reach the last 16 if Costa Rica doesn’t defeat Japan.

Expectations around Spain’s young squad were raised after its outstanding performance against Costa Rica, when the team reintroduced “tiki-taka” ball-possession style and 18-year-old Gavi became the youngest World Cup scorer since Pelé in 1958.

The seven goals it scored against Costa Rica matched Spain’s tournament total from Russia in 2018.

“The result gives us a big boost,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said. “But now we have to play against a Germany team that needs the victory.”

Luis Enrique said he wasn’t concerned with his young players being overly confident, and promised to make changes to the starting lineup for Sunday’s match, without elaborating.

Winger Leroy Sané could return for Germany after missing the match against Japan because of a knee injury. He was back in training on Friday, when Germany coach Hansi Flick was able to work with his full 26-player squad.

It will be the fifth meeting between the powerhouses at World Cups, with Spain winning the most recent one 1-0 in the semifinals of the 2010 tournament.

Spain hasn’t lost to Germany in official competitions since the 1988 European Championship, with two draws and three wins since then.

The Germans have lost three of their last four World Cup matches dating to the tournament in Russia.

They made headlines even before kickoff against Japan by covering their mouths to protest FIFA’s clampdown on the “One Love” armbands. It was not clear if they would repeat the gesture before the Spain match.

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH

When is the FIFA World Cup match between Spain vs Germany?

The FIFA World Cup Group C match between Spain and Germany will start at 12:30 am IST at the Al Bayt stadium.

Where to watch the live telecast of Spain vs Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India?

The live telecast of the Group C match between Spain and Germany will be available on Sports18 in India.

Where to watch the live stream of Spain vs Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India?

The live stream of the Group C match between Spain and Germany will be available on Jio Cinema in India.

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