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Spain v Germany Live Commentary, 27/11/2022

1 - 1
Álvaro Morata (62)
N. Füllkrug (83)
Al Bayt Stadium


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The final matchday of the group phase will take place simultaneously on Thursday. Spain face Japan while Germany lock horns with Costa Rica.
The spoils are shared. Spain took the lead early in the second half through Morata only for Fullkrug to equalise for Germany inside the final 10 minutes. In truth, a draw is a fair result and keeps Germany alive heading into the final game of the group phase. Spain are top of Group E, but haven't yet confirmed their place in the Round of 16.
90' + 4' Kimmich tries to find Rudiger with a lifted corner kick to the back post, only for the ball to run out of play.
90' + 2' Olmo tries to carry the ball forward after coming in off the left side, only to lose out to Sule.
90' There will be six minutes of additional time at the end of this second half.
89' Williams finds Morata in a great position, only for Schlotterbeck to deny the Spaniard by making a perfectly timed challenge.
N. Schlotterbeck
D. Raum
87' Schlotterbeck has replaced Raum in a defensive change for Germany.
J. Hofmann
S. Gnabry
85' Hofmann has come in for Gnabry to bring something different to the wide areas.
J. Musiala
83' Musiala had the ball taken off him by Fullkrug, who came steaming into the box.
N. Füllkrug
83' GOAL! Fullkrug equalises for Germany. The substitute comes steaming into the box, taking the ball off Musiala's toe before smashing it into the back of the net.
Alejandro Balde
Jordi Alba
82' Balde has replaced Alba after the left-back suffered an injury.
80' Kimmich takes a free-kick from the edge of the area, only for his effort to crash into the wall and deflect wide for a corner that comes to nothing.
78' Germany, aside from Musiala, have struggled to provide a genuine attacking threat. They appear rather toothless and have done all game.
76' Spain are maintaing their level of intensity rather than allowing it to drop. They're pushing for a second, not sitting on their lead.
74' CHANCE! Musiala is played in to a dangerous area, steadying himself before pulling the trigger and drawing a fine save from Simon. Big chance.
72' Musiala does superbly to carry the ball down the right side before whipping in a cross to try and find Fullkrug inside the area. But Rodri is alert to the danger and makes a crucial challenge.
N. Füllkrug
T. Müller
70' Fullkrug has replaced Muller to bring something different to Germany's attack.
L. Klostermann
T. Kehrer
70' Klostermann has come in for Kehrer, who was on a yellow card.
L. Sané
İ. Gündoğan
70' Sane has replaced Gundogan to inject some pace into Germany's attack.
70' Pedri plays a smart ball to find Morata in space - only for Neuer to anticipate the danger, come off his line and intercept the pass.
68' Spain are operating with a good deal more confidence since taking the lead. They look comfortable.
66' CHANCE! Alba plays a cross-field pass that Gavi, aware of Asensio behind him, lets run. But Asensio's effort is miscued and flies wide of the target.
Nico Williams
66' Williams has come in for Gavi to offer an attacking spark out wide.
Marco Asensio
66' Koke has replaced Asensio to bring a steady hand to Spain's midfield.
64' Luis Enrique and the rest of Spain's bench erupted in celebration when Morata scored that goal.
Jordi Alba
62' Alba's cross was perfectly timed to find Morata inside the box.
Álvaro Morata
62' GOAL! Spain take the lead. Alba is played in down the left flank by Busquets before lifting his head and crossing the ball to find Morata in the box. He times his run to perfection before directing his first-time finish into the back of the net.
60' Olmo tries his luck from distance, but his rather tame effort is easily saved by Neuer.
J. Kimmich
Yellow Card
60' Kimmich is issued a yellow card after a late tackle on Olmo.
L. Goretzka
Yellow Card
58' Goretzka is booked for bringing down Asensio to kill a break.
56' CHANCE! Simon gives the ball away cheaply to Gundogan, who then quickly plays it to Kimmich. His shot from inside the box is saved by Simon.
Álvaro Morata
Ferran Torres
54' Morata has replaced Ferran up front for Spain.
52' Gundogan tries to arrow a high ball into Gnabry, who had made a smart run into space. But there's too much weight on the ball and Simon takes control.
50' Raum tries to find Kehrer, who had made a run to the back post, with a lofted free kick. But it's poorly executed and runs out of play.
48' Asensio bounds down the left flank before trying to square the ball across the face of goal, only for Neuer to come and claim it.
46' We're back underway here in Qatar.
Germany recorded just one shot on goal during that first half. That is the lowest they have registered during the opening period of a World Cup match since the 2014 final against Argentina.
Interesting first half. Spain have seen the majority of the ball, but haven't been able to really carve open their opponents - save for one Olmo effort that was pushed onto the crossbar by Neuer. Germany had the ball in the net through Rudiger, only for VAR to intervene and rule it out for offside. The second half is perfectly poised.
45' There will be two minutes of additional time at the end of the first half.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
44' Busquets is issued a yellow card for bringing down Musiala to kill a break.
44' Pedri and Gavi are finding it tough to really impose themselves on this game. Germany are fighting hard in that midfield and the game is rather scrappy.
42' Rudiger's offside goal should serve as a wake-up call for Spain's defence. They were asleep when that corner was taken, everything was too easy.
40' GOAL DISALLOWED! Germany thought they had taken the lead when Rudiger's header hit the back of the net following Kimmich's free-kick. But VAR rules it out for offside.
T. Kehrer
Yellow Card
38' Kehrer is booked for a poor challenge on Ferran.
36' A Spanish corner falls to Ferran in the box. He gets his shot off, only to be shut down and blocked by Musiala.
34' CHANCE! Olmo is played in down the left flank and does well to square the ball for Ferran, who misses a chance he really should have scored. But the linesman's flag is raised and it turns out the goal would have been ruled out for offside in any case.
32' Germany are beginning to grow into the game and see more of the ball in Spain's half.
30' Kehrer tries to cross the ball into the box from the right, only for Rodri to beat Muller in the air and clear his lines.
28' Asensio very nearly closes down Neuer quickly enough to win the ball off the German goalkeeper. He manages to complete his pass to Rudiger, however.
26' Ferran tries to get a shot away inside the area, only to be shut down by Germany's defence.
24' CHANCE! Simon gives the ball away cheaply to Gnabry at the edge of the area. His left-footed effort is well wide of the target, however.
22' CHANCE! Busquets plays a nice ball out wide left for Alba, who comes in on his weaker right foot before shooting from distance. His effort, however, flies wide.
20' Germany are a lot more comfortable on the ball than at the beginning of the game.
18' Spain are nearly caught out while playing through Germany's press, only for Busquets to keep the ball well.
16' Spain are pressing excellently, moving coherently as a collective to try and shut down Germany high up the field.
14' Spain appear to be fond of switching the play to try to catch Germany short. It's something they've done several times already, with Gavi breaking from midfield at the same time to try and get in behind Germany's defence.
12' Germany look to have set themselves up to counter-attack Spain, rather than battle for possession.
10' Germany break Spain's press, funnelling the ball into space for Gnabry, only for Simon to shut down the move, and for the linesman to signal for offside in any case.
8' Germany are having trouble keeping the ball.
6' CHANCE! Pedri, Gavi and Asensio combine intelligently before playing the ball out wide left to Olmo, whose scorching effort from outside the box is pushed onto the crossbar by Neuer.
4' Germany are being careful to retain their shape as Spain build from the back.
2' Spain have begun with intent, pressing high up the field.
1' We're underway here in Qatar.
This will be the fifth meeting between Spain and Germany at the World Cup, the joint-most that La Roja have faced any side at the competition (also five against Brazil). They failed to win any of their first three against Germany, but won the most recent encounter 1-0 in the 2010 semi-final en route to lifting the trophy.
Germany have made two changes from the side that lost to Japan. Kehrer has replaced Schlotterbeck in defence and Goretzka has come in for Havertz in midfield.
Spain have made one change from the side that beat Costa Rica. Carvajal has replaced Azpilicueta at right-back.
GERMANY SUBS: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Matthias Ginter, Kai Havertz, Niclas Fullkrug, Mario Gotze, Lukas Klostermann, Julian Brandt, Jonas Hofmann, Leroy Sane, Christian Gunter, Nico Schlotterbeck, Karim Adeyemi, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Youssoufa Moukoko.
GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger, David Raum; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan; Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala; Thomas Muller.
SPAIN SUBS: Robert Sanchez, David Raya, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, Marcos Llorente, Alvaro Morata, Koke, Nico Williams, Alejandro Balde, Hugo Guillamon, Yeremi Pino, Carlos Soler, Pablo Sarabia, Ansu Fati.
SPAIN (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Dani Carvajal, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba; Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Gavi; Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres.
Germany come into this one rooted to the bottom of Group E without a single point to their name. A win would boost their hopes of qualifying for the last 16. Anything other than three points would leave them relying on results elsewhere heading into their final game of the group phase against Costa Rica.
Spain come into this one sitting pretty at the top of Group E having taken three points from their opening game, a 7-0 rout of Costa Rica. Victory over Germany would all but confirm their place in the round of 16 ahead of their final game of the group phase against Japan.
Hello and welcome to the live text commentary for Spain's clash with Germany in Group E of the World Cup.