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Spain 1-1 Germany: Player Ratings as Fullkrug strike keep Mannschaft hopes alive

Niclas Fullkrug at Germany
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Germany snatched a late equalizer to prevent an early exit from the tournament.

Germany drew 1-1 against Spain in their World Cup game on Sunday. A thrilling game saw Die Mannschaft avoid their second defeat in the competition.

Mannschaft are not ready to say goodbye to World Cup!

Spain started off as the better side, while Germany stayed back to avoid any early surprises.

La Roja found a few chances to find the back of the net, with Manuel Neuer making a wonderful save against Dani Olmo.

Die Mannschaft then found their feet in the game toward the end of the first period. Antonio Rudiger thought he had scored the opener for Germany with a powerful header. But the referee ruled out his goal for offside.

Spain regained their control over possession at the beginning of the second period. But this time, they managed to break the deadlock through Alvaro Morata.

Following a precise assist from Jordi Alba, Morata directed the ball past Neuer with a small touch. A brilliant substitution by Luis Enrique, Morata had replaced Ferran Torres a few minutes before his goal.

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Germany kept their cool despite being in danger of elimination. Hansi Flick’s decision to add Niclas Fullkrug and Leroy Sane to his side proved effective as the Germans circulated the ball more easily between Spain’s lines.

Following a fantastic through ball from Sane, Jamal Musiala nodded the ball toward Fullkrug inside the box. The Werder Bremen star then brought Germany back into the competition by smashing the ball past Unai Simon with a powerful strike.

Germany found another chance to complete their comeback through Sane later on. But Simon managed to save the one-on-one to prevent Mannschaft’s win.

Taking a look at Group F’s table indicates everything is possible on the final day. Germany can still qualify if they beat Costa Rica and Spain manage to claim a victory over Japan.

Player Ratings

Spain: Simon (6); Carvajal (6), Rodrigo (7), Laporte (7), Alba (8); Busquets (5), Gavi (6), Pedri (6); F. Torres (5), Asensio (6), D. Olmo (7).

Bench: Balde (5), Koke (6), N. Williams (6), Morata (7).

Germany: Neuer (5); Kehrer (7), Süle (7), Rüdiger (7), Raum (7): Kimmich (7), Goretzka (7); Gündogan (7), Musiala (6), Gnabry (5), Müller (5).

Bench: Schlotterbeck (7), Klostermann (6), Sane (7), Hofmann (6), Fullkrug (7).