The match between Germany and Spain is the first in the tournament with such a loud sign. The giants of European football approached the face-to-face meeting with different moods. The Spaniards in the 1st round confidently dealt with Costa Rica - 7:0. But the Germans, leading the score, sensationally lost to the Japanese team - 1:2.
In the first match of the day in group "E" Costa Rica defeated the national team of the Land of the Rising Sun with a minimum score. And now three teams from the quartet had three points each. If Germany lost to Spain, it would make it difficult for itself to leave the group, and if it won or broke up in peace, the situation in the group by the third round would become prohibitively unpredictable.
The Spaniards started hotly, already in the 7th minute disturbing Neuer very dangerously. Olmo worked the ball under impact and sent it to his right nine. The goalkeeper of the German national team jumped and ferried the ball into the crossbar, from which he flew over the front line.
However, the Germans did not come out for a walk. Gnabry could open the scoring in the middle of the second period, but missed the target. And closer to the final 45-minutes, Germany almost sent the Spaniards to the locker room with a goal conceded. Kimmich filed from the standard to the 11-meter, where he was received by Rüdiger, with his head struck a little to the right of the center of the goal. But the goal was canceled - the defender of the Germans was half a body offside. And right before the whistle, the Spaniards were saved by Simon, who parried the throw from an acute angle from Rüdiger.
The Germans continued to press in the second half. So, Spain almost paid for the mistake of its goalkeeper. Simon rolled the ball to Gavi, but Kimmich covered him, hit in the left corner, but the goalkeeper turned the ball to the corner.
Luis Enrique made changes to the squad - and one of them played. Olmo otpasoval on the course of Alba, he shot to the near corner of the goalie. Morata, who came running into touch, sent a projectile into the near nine - Spain took the lead! And after a few minutes the score could become 2:0, but Asensio unsuccessfully closed the transfer of the same Morata.
The Germans played at least one goal - and it happened. The scoreboard had already shown more than 80 minutes, when Klosterman gave the ball to Sanya, who in touch passed forward to Musiala. The young midfielder could hit himself, but left the ball to his partner: Füllkrug loaded into the left nine.
Germany could have taken the lead in the final seconds of the match. The Germans organized a qualitative counterattack. Sane beat the goalkeeper, went to the front and either hit or hung. But the Spanish defenders sent the ball to the corner. And already with the next raising of the ball into the air the whistle sounded - 1:1.
The position of the Germans in the group has become more complicated, and now everything will depend not only on them. Spain is in the lead with four points. The Japanese and Costa Ricans each have three, the Germans only one. In the 3rd round, Germany will meet with Costa Rica, Spain will play with Japan. The wards of Hans-Dieter Flick need to defeat Costa Rica and count on the Spaniards to beat Japan.
Spain - Germany - 1:1 (0:0)
November 27th. El-Hawr. El Bayt Stadium.
Referee - Makkeli (Netherlands).
Spain: Simon, Carvajal, Rodri, Laporte, Alba (Balde 82), Busquets, Gavi (Koke 66), Pedri, Asensio (Williams 66), Torres (Morata 54), Olmo.
Germany: Neuer, Süle, Kerer (Klosterman, 70), Rüdiger, Raum (Schlotterbeck, 87), Kimmich, Goretzka, Gundogan (Sane, 70), Musiala, Gnabry (Hofmann, 85), Müller (Füllkrug, 70).
Goals: Morata (62), Fullkrug (83).
Booked: Busquets (44) - Kehrer (37), Goretzka (58), Kimmich (60).