Germany’s World Cup campaign is already in danger of ending early and they need to beat Spain to keep their hopes alive.
The 2014 champions were stunned by a 2-1 loss to Japan in which Hansi Flick’s side put on a rambling display.
And after that result, they might fail to get past the group stage of a World Cup again if they lose to Spain and Japan beat Costa Rica.
Meanwhile, La Roja secured a 7-0 win over Costa Rica with the likes of Pedri, Gavi, Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres impressing for Luis Enrique’s men.
They know a win over Germany would seal their place in the last 16 and send a message to the rest of the competition that they are strong contenders to win the World Cup again.
Spain v Germany: talkSPORT coverage
This World Cup Group E clash kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.
The match will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
The action will be live on talkSPORT with Adrian Durham, while Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce will provide commentary.
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Spain v Germany: Squads and news
Leroy Sane missed the game against Japan through injury so it remains to be seen if he will recover in time.
Certainly, the Bayern Munich man would offer a different option if he was fit.
But, as things stand, Spain don’t have to worry about injuries.
- Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya
- Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, José Gaya, Hugo Guillamon
- Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Pedri, Carlos Soler, Koke, Marcos Llorente
- Forwards: Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Ansu Fati, Nico Williams, Pablo Sarabia, Yeremy Pino, Dani Olmo
- Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-André ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp
- Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Matthias Ginter, Christian Gunter, Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule
- Midfielders: Julian Brandt, Niclas Fullkrug, Leon Goretzka, Mario Gotze, Ilkay Gundogan, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala
- Forwards: Karim Adeyemi, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Moukoko, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane
Spain v Germany: The facts of the match
- This will be the fifth meeting between Spain and Germany at the FIFA World Cup, the most common in which Spain have faced a team in the competition (also 5 against Brazil). They won none of their first three against Germany (D1 L2) but won the last encounter 1-0 in the 2010 semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy.
- Germany have won just one of their last seven meetings with Spain in all competitions (D2 L4), winning 1-0 in a friendly match in November 2014. They have not won a match in competition against Spain since EURO 1988 (2-0). , drawing two and losing three since.
- Germany have lost three of their last four World Cup games, as many as they had in their previous 21. She lost two in a row in the competition for only the third time (also in 1958 and 1982), and never lost. three consecutive World Cup matches before.
- Spain won their opening game of the 2022 World Cup against Costa Rica 7-0, their biggest victory in the final. In just three previous editions of the World Cup, Spain have won their first two matches: 1950, 2002 and 2006.
- Germany lost their first group stage game in 2018 and 2022, having lost their opener in just one of their previous 18 World Cup appearances. They have never lost consecutive group stage matches in the same edition of the competition before.
- Spain have scored 16 penalties at the World Cup, the most of any nation in the competition’s history (excluding shootouts). However, Germany have not conceded a penalty goal in the normal time of a World Cup match since 1990 against the Netherlands, with a continuous streak of 45 tournament appearances without conceding from the spot outside of a shot. to goal.
- Germany’s 2-1 loss to Japan on MD1 ended a streak of 29 consecutive World Cup matches without defeat in which they had scored at least one goal (W25 D4), with their last loss also being a 2-1 defeat after opening the scoring against Bulgaria in the quarter-finals in 1994.
- In their 7-0 win over Costa Rica last time out, Spain recorded a possession rate of 81.9%, setting a new record since Opta had this data at the World Cup (at from 1966), surpassing Argentina’s 80.3% against Greece in 2010.
- Spain’s 7-0 win over Costa Rica last time out saw six different goalscorers, the most the nation has had in a single World Cup game. The youngest of these was Gavi, who at 18 years and 110 days was the third-youngest goalscorer in World Cup history, after only Manuel Rosas in 1930 (18 years 93 days) and Pelé in 1958 (17 years 239 days).
- Ilkay Gündoğan has scored nine goals in 22 appearances for Germany since the start of 2021, having scored eight goals in 42 games for the national team between 2011 and 2020. He is looking to become the first player to score in the first two Germany’s matches at a World Cup since Miroslav Klose in 2002.
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