Germany have kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 1-1 draw against Spain.
Eko Hot Blog reports that Germany rescued a point against a ruthless Spanish side on Sunday, keeping themselves in contention for progressing to the knockout stages of the World Cup in Qatar.
Spain had the better of the first half, looking the more likely to break the deadlock with the flair and style of their youngsters.
Although a Rudiger header in the 40th minute threatened the momentum of the Spanish players, it was ruled out after the Real Madrid defender was caught fractionally offside.
Spain were rewarded for their creativity early in the second period. Substitute Alvaro Morata beat his marker and flicked the ball in at the near post past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer following a low cross from Jordi Alba in the 62nd minute to give Spain the lead.
The goal threatened to send Germany out of the World Cup after only two group stage matches, but head coach Hanzi Flick rang the changes, swapping out three players.
Just 13 minutes after coming on, Niclas Fullkrug equalised for the Germans in the 83rd minute, smashing home a loose ball inside the box.
From then until the six minutes of added time were complete, both teams had chances to win in a frantic finish but they had to settle for a draw.
Their draw leaves Spain top of the group, needing just a draw against Japan to guarantee a spot in the final 16 of the tournament.
Germany are bottom of the table on one point after losing 2-1 in their opener against Japan.
They need to win against Costa Rica on Thursday and their hopes then depend on Japan losing. If Japan draw, it would come down to goal difference or goals scored by Germany and Japan.
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