A heavy match unfolded in the Al Bayt Stadium earlier, where the two football giants of international football had a faceoff. The one-time FIFA World cup champion, Spain, versus the four-time World champions, Germany.
The two heavy names might have ended their match in a draw by the scoreboard, but the match, in reality, was full of drama and high-quality football, with none of the sides bending their knees to each other. It was a do-or-die situation for the German front; after they lost their opening match against Japan earlier, the 2014 champions had to take points from this match.
Alvaro Morata cracks Germany’s Iron wall defense
The German defense proved wall-like for the Spanish attackers to pierce through, while the Germans had netted the ball twice throughout the match, with the first being in the first half itself, which was ruled out as offside.
But the much-awaited crack on the German defense appeared, and it was Alvaro Morata came from the bench to net a goal right past Neur in the 62nd minute of the game, just as he did while facing Costa Rica, causing a roar from the Spanish fans in the stands. Truly deserving of the Man of the Match title.
Niclas Füllkrug saves the day for Germany
The Spanish front disappointingly could not retain their one-goal lead. As it is said that a one-goal lead in football is truly dangerous, the same fate unfolded. The Germans made a great comeback with their substitute Niclas Fullkrug scoring an equalizer in the 83rd minute, saving Germany from a shamefully doomed exit from the World Cup.
Both the teams were almost equally matched on the statistical front, with Spain leading by a slight margin on every front, including ball possession, but in the end, it is the scoreline that speaks, and today it has spoken that both teams were equally matched. Perhaps the Germans have realized that football comes first, activism second.
A win would 50% ensure the Germans’ progress to the knockouts, but they chose the worst-case scenario they could afford and went back with a draw and a single point in their bag. This barely keeps them in the running for the round of 16 by a loose thread. They now depend completely on their next match against Costa Rica and a definite victory to seal their spot in the knockouts. And also, on Spain to beat the Japanese.