Al Khor, Qatar – Even though Win a roller coaster match against a weaker team than Costa Rica, Germany failed to reach the Round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar after Japan defeats Spain in another match of Group E.
Four times champion Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 at Al Bayt Stadium on Thursday but the win was bittersweet as they finished third in the group, being eliminated in the group stage for the second time in a row.
In a simultaneous match at Khalifa International Stadium, Japan shocked the world by beating the favorites Spain 2-1, leaving both teams ahead of Germany and Spain. Costa Rica.
The game got off to a slow start, with Costa Rica struggling to take the lead and German striker Serge Gnabry’s early goal didn’t help with that momentum. However, a quick second half, with the lead being swapped between the teams, stirred the dreams of Costa Rican fans – until Kai Havertz’s brace and Niclas Fullkrug’s goal came on. The end of the allotted time had dashed their hopes.
Notably, this match also made history when French referee Stephane Frappart became the first woman to run a men’s match in the World Cup.