Spain vs Germany FIFA LIVE Football Score 27/11/2022
Germany go into this blockbuster meeting with their backs up against the wall. Having lost 2-1 to a Bundesliga-inspired Japan on Wednesday – despite having more possession and over twice as many shots on goal – they need to beat Spain to keep their World Cup fate in their own hands. Hansi Flick could be tempted to make some defensive changes, especially if he switches to a four-man backline. In that case, Thilo Kehrer – the player who has won the most caps since Flick took over from Joachim Löw – would likely come in for Borussia Dortmund’s Niklas Süle, with Lukas Klostermann – who plays his club football alongside Olmo at RB Leipzig – another option at right-back.
Midweek goalscorer Ilkay Gündogan and Joshua Kimmich are set to start again in midfield, although Leon Goretzka is a proven alternative should Kimmich be pulled back into the defensive line. Thomas Müller made his first appearance since 26 October against Japan, having been sidelined by a hip injury, but such is the 33-year-old’s influence that he may also get the nod against Spain. Teenaged Bayern Munich teammate Jamal Musiala showed real spark and should retain his place in attacking midfield, while in-form Werder Bremen talisman Niclas Füllkrug – more of a natural striker than Kai Havertz – could be the man to lead the line.
Spain had much the better of the opening round of fixtures, putting seven goals past a hapless Costa Rica to claim their biggest-ever win at this tournament. Leipzig star Olmo lit the blue touch paper for La Roja, showing brilliant control to spin away from Oscar Duarte and clip in their opener on 11 minutes. The floodgates opened and the 24-year-old was still plugging away in the final minutes, playing a delicate one-two for Alvaro Morata to fire home Spain’s final goal in a 7-0 rout.
Luis Enrique’s men are now preparing for a much sterner test, though, against the four-time world champions. The former Barcelona midfielder and coach – who played against Germany in a 1-1 draw at the 1994 World Cup – will be tempted to keep faith with the same line-up, notwithstanding any injury-enforced changes. Olmo will provide attacking menace on the left of a 4-3-3 alongside Morata and Ferran Torres, who were both among the goals against Costa Rica, with the Barca trio of Pedri, Gavi and Sergio Busquets expected to marshal the midfield.
We’re at Capital, a youth centre close to the canal in central Brussels. About 50 teenagers and people in their twenties are seated in front of a large screen, many of them of Moroccan background. They’ve brought bags of candy and Moroccan flags. Lots of excited chatter and cheering for the Morocco team. Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri says that Switzerland is going into their World Cup group-stage match against Brazil with more experience and poise than they did when they drew with the Brazilians at the 2018 World Cup.
Monday’s Group G match in Qatar will be the third time that Switzerland have played Brazil at the World Cup. The teams last met in the group stage of the 2018 tournament in Russia, where they drew 1-1. Shaqiri, who has represented Switzerland in four consecutive World Cups, said the Swiss felt capable of getting a better result against Brazil this time.
“That was a positive outcome,” Shaqiri said of the 2018 draw. “We are aware of what we can do and I think we have made progress. We have more experience and have been challenged by greater teams since.” On 27 November, it will be a clash of titans as two world cup winners – Germany and Spain – will face each other at the Al Bayt Stadium in the Group E match of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
As four time World Cup winners Germany (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) had faced a shocker when Japan defeated it on 23 November by 2-1, another 2010 World Cup winner Spain smashed Costa Rica by 7-0 on the same day. Considering the defeat in the opening match, it would a do or die match for the Germans to keep their world cup dreams alive. However, scoring against Spain would not be easy.
Also for Spain, this match would be crucial, despite leading the charts in the Group E with Japan now, since it was too eliminated in the round of 16 in 2018 in Russia. German head coach Hansi Flick is already facing the heat and looks under pressure against their match with La Roja (nick name for Spain national football team). On the contrary, La Roja’s win against Costa Rica in the previous fixture was Spain’s biggest ever World Cup victory and with this its manager Luis Enrique looks confident, but at the same time vigilant.
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. 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. 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.