After rescuing a point against Spain thanks to a late goal from substitute Niclas Füllkrug, Germany need a win against Costa Rica to have any chance of making it through to the knockout rounds after their shock opening day defeat to Japan. The Germans have never failed to make it out of the group stages in back-to-back tournaments and they will be hoping to continue that run in Qatar.
If Germany were to fall at the group stage again, many will surely look to whether Flick is the right man to take Die Mannschaft forward. But the former Bayern boss is confident of his standing right now, and is already looking ahead to Euro 2024 which will be hosted by Germany.
“I can only confirm the future from my side – that I have a contract until 2024 and that I am looking forward to the European Championships at home,” Flick told reporters.
“I don’t feel any pressure – and I didn’t feel any pressure after the defeat to Japan. We didn’t have much time before the tournament and the longer we’re together the more we improve.
“The problem is that it is not in our hands. It goes without saying that the first game did not go like we wanted. We must try to exert our own pressure from the start. We know it will be really difficult.”
Costa Rica, however, also need three points to continue in the tournament after snatching a 1-0 win over Japan thanks to a second half strike from Keysher Fuller, who scored with the Costa Rican’s only shot on target of the match. If they did manage to pull off the impossible, it would be an amazing achievement, especially after losing 7-0 to Spain in their opening game of the tournament in match where they didn’t have a single shot.
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Costa Rica have managed just four shots across their opening two World Cup games, failing to have a single one in their 7-0 defeat against Spain. They scored with their only shot from inside the box and their only shot on target against Japan and will once again look to sit back against Germany.
Germany, on the other hand currently rank third for shots per game (18.5) and are expected to once again pepper the Costa Rican goal in what is expected to be a very one sided match. Serge Gnabry currently tops the German charts for shots in Qatar (eight), Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan are the only other Germany players to have multiple shots on target in the tournament so far.