Germany draw with Spain and maintain their hopes of reaching the round of 16 of the World Cup

Doha: The German national team maintained their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup after pulling off a tough 1/1 draw with their Spanish counterparts in the tournament’s Group E second round on Sunday. The German national team grabbed their first point of the tournament, after losing in the first round, to occupy fourth and last place, two points behind second-placed Japan and third-placed Costa Rica, while the Spanish side lead the group standings with four points. The Spanish national team qualified in the 62nd minute through Alvaro Morata, while Niklas Volkrug scored the equalizer for the German national team in the 83rd minute. The matches in the same round of Group E started today, Sunday, with Costa winning Rica on Japan 1-0. The German national team will meet their Costa Rican counterparts next Thursday in the third and final round of the group stage, while the Spanish national team take on their Japanese counterparts on the same day. The Spanish international didn’t wait long to threaten their German counterpart, and Dani Olmo hit a powerful ball from outside area, before Manuel Neuer touched it before it hit the crossbar in the sixth minute. Onia Simon shined by blocking a solo from German forward Serge Gnabry in the tenth minute to ward off Hansi Flick’s first real threat. Jordi Alba, player of the Spanish national team, hit a powerful ball from outside areabut the ball went off Neuer’s right post in the 21st minute. As time wore on, the danger of the two teams diminished with Spain’s superiority in ball possession, while the German national team began to break free from the pressure and their players they exchanged balls while among themselves in midfield, and in the 32nd minute, Ferran Torres missed a dangerous chance for the Spanish national team, after receiving a pass from Dani Olmo, but the referee had indicated offside. In the last ten minutes of the first half, the Spanish national team again threatened Germany’s goal. German international defender Antonio Rudiger scored a goal which was disallowed for offside in the 40th minute, as the defender was in offside as he took the free kick from which the goal came. The remaining minutes of the first half witnessed nothing new, so the referee blew the final whistle in a goalless draw. With the start of the second half, the Spanish national team pressed hard, trying to score a goal that could snatch victory and three points, while the German performance was dominated by ups and downs and confusion, especially at a defensive level. And in the 62nd minute, the Spanish pressure led him to score the goal of progress through Alvaro Morata, who received a cross from his colleague Jordi Alba, to skillfully put in Manuel Neuer network. The German national team again tried to come back in match, but came up against a strong Spanish defense and midfield, which prevented it in more than one opportunity to own the ball. German national team midfielder Joshua Kimmich hit a direct free kick, but hit the human wall of Spain players in the 80th minute. But the German national team managed to equalize in the 83rd minute through Niklas Volkrug, after got a ride from Jamal Musiala inside thearea Penalty, goal kick, throwing ball over Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon’s right corner. The remaining minutes of the second half witnessed nothing new, so the referee blew the final whistle in a 1/1 draw. (dpa)