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Spain vs Germany LIVE Commentary: Hansi Flick is in desperate need of a win but faces flying La Roja in a major World Cup showdown

Germany’s World Cup campaign is already threatening to end prematurely and they need to beat Spain to keep their hopes alive.

The 2014 champions were stunned by a 2-1 defeat by Japan that saw Hansi Flick’s side put on an incoherent performance.

Germany collapsed in a 2-1 defeat after taking the lead against Japan

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Germany collapsed in a 2-1 defeat after taking the lead against Japan

And after that result they could again not make it past the group stage of a World Cup if they lose to Spain and Japan win to Costa Rica.

Meanwhile, La Roja Costa Rica won 7-0, with the likes of Pedri, Gavi, Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres impressing Luis Enrique’s men.

They know that a win against Germany would secure their place in the last 16 and signal to the rest of the competition that they are serious contenders for winning the World Cup again.

Spain vs Germany: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup Group E clash begins on Sunday 27 November at 7pm.

The game will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

The action will be streamed live on talkSPORT, with Adrian Durham hosting, while Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce will comment.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream.

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Gavi's goal was the choice of Spain's seven in the opening game

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Gavi’s goal was the choice of Spain’s seven in the opening game


Spain v Germany: Team and Squad News

Leroy Sane missed the game against Japan through injury so it remains to be seen if he will recover in time.

Surely the Bayern Munich native would offer another option if he was fit.

But as it stands, Spain have no injury worries.

Spain

  • Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya
  • Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Jose 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

Germany

  • Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre 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 Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala
  • Forwards: Karim Adeyemi, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Moukoko, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane

Spain vs Germany match facts

  • This is the fifth meeting between Spain and Germany at the FIFA World Cup, the second most that Spain have met in the competition (also 5 against Brazil). They failed to win any of their first three games against Germany (U1 L2) but won the last encounter in the 2010 semifinals 1-0 en route to lifting the cup.
  • Germany have won just one of their last seven meetings with Spain in all competitions (U2 L4), a friendly in November 2014 1-0. You haven’t won a competitive match against Spain since EURO 1988 (2-0). , since then two draws and three losses.
  • Germany have lost three of their last four World Cup games, as many as in the previous 21. They have lost twice in a row in this competition for only the third time (also in 1958 and 1982) and have never lost three consecutive World Cup games before.
  • Spain won their opening match of the 2022 World Cup against Costa Rica 7-0, their biggest finals win ever. In just three previous World Cups, Spain has won both of their opening games: 1950, 2002 and 2006.
  • Germany have lost their opening game in the group stages in both 2018 and 2022, having lost their first game in just one of their previous 18 appearances at the World Cup. They have never lost consecutive group stage matches in the same edition of the competition.
  • Spain have scored 16 penalties at the World Cup, the most of any nation in the history of the competition (excluding penalties). However, Germany have not conceded a penalty goal in regular time at a World Cup match against the Netherlands since 1990, in a running streak of 45 games at the tournament without conceding a goal from the penalty spot outside of a shoot-out.
  • Germany’s 2-1 defeat by Japan on MD1 ended a streak of 29 consecutive World Cup games unbeaten in which they had scored at least one goal (W25 L4), with their last such loss also being a 2-1 Defeat after the opener was scored against Bulgaria in the 1994 quarter-finals.
  • In beating Costa Rica 7-0 last time out, Spain recorded an 81.9% possession percentage, a new record since Opta had that data available at the World Cup (since 1966) and surpassing Argentina’s 80.3 % against Greece in 2010.
  • Spain’s 7-0 win over Costa Rica last time saw six different goalscorers, the most the nation has scored in a single World Cup game. The youngest of these was Gavi, who at 18 years 110 days was the third youngest ever World Cup goalscorer, only after Manuel Rosas in 1930 (18 years 93 days) and Pelé in 1958 (17 years 239 days).
  • Ilkay Gündoğan has scored nine goals in 22 games for Germany since the beginning of 2021, having scored eight goals in 42 games for the national team between 2011 and 2020. He aims to become the first player to score in Germany’s first two games of a World Cup since Miroslav Klose in 2002.

talkSPORT World Cup 2022 coverage

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