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Costa Rica vs Germany live: World Cup score, highlights, result from 2022 Group E match

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Costa Rica sit above Germany in the group standings heading into the final day of matches for Group E — who would’ve seen that coming — but both nations are in with a shot at qualifying for the knockout rounds.

The formula is simple for last-place Germany: they have to win at all costs, and by as many goals as possible. A draw or loss would eliminate the four-time world champions.

Though German fans might feel confident in a lopsided win given the 7-0 thrashing inflicted by Spain on the Ticos, the Central American side rebounded nicely. Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over Japan gives them a chance to advance with another shock win, or even a draw provided Japan lose.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights for Costa Rica vs Germany at the 2022 World Cup. Follow below for complete results from the Group E match in Qatar.

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Costa Rica vs Germany live score

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Confirmed lineups:

Costa Rica (5-3-2, right to left): 1-Navas (GK) — 4-Fuller, 6-Duarte, 18-Waston, 3-Vargas, 8-Oviedo — 5-Borges, 17-Tejeda, 20-Aguilera — 12-Campbell, 11-Venegas

Germany (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-Neuer (GK) — 6-Kimmich, 15-Sule, 2-Rudiger, 3-Raum — 21-Gundogan, 8-Goretzka — 10-Gnabry, 14-Musiala, 19-Sane — 13-Muller

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1. Spain 4 2 1 0 1 8 1 +7
2. Japan 3 2 1 1 0 2 2 0
3. Costa Rica 3 2 1 1 0 1 7 -6
4. Germany 1 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1

Costa Rica vs Germany live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup

10 mins to kickoff: Germany have failed to win their first two games at a World Cup for the first time since 1938, and have managed only one win in the tournament since lifting the trophy eight years ago.

Costa Rica are appearing in their sixth World Cup, all since 1990 and are aiming to reach the knockout rounds for the third time. Their best performance came in 2014, when they reached the quarter-finals before losing to the Netherlands on penalties.

15 mins to kickoff: A contrast in styles this evening, it’s safe to say:

20 mins to kickoff: Germany’s only other game against Costa Rica also came at a World Cup, Miroslav Klose scoring twice in a 4-2 victory in Munich in the 2006 group stage with Philipp Lahm and Torsten Frings getting the other goals.

25 mins to kickoff: Stephanie Frappart in focus:

30 mins to kickoff: There’s a notable World Cup first this evening as Stephanie Frappart becomes the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup game, alongside an all-female officiating team — in another tournament first — as FIFA aims to break down an important barrier.

Frappart rose through the ranks of football refereeing in her native France, taking charge of Ligue 2 games and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019, before officiating the final of the latter, between the USA and the Netherlands.

Find out more about her career.

35 mins: Anyone else think Oliver Bierhoff is wishing he was playing?

45 mins to kickoff: A World Cup landmark for a World Cup great:

50 mins to kickoff: Just one change for Germany and it’s an attacking one, with Leroy Sane coming in for Thilo Kehrer. That could mean Joshua Kimmich dropping to rightback.

Despite beating Japan last time out Costa Rica make three changes, Juan Pablo Vargas, Brandon Aguilera and Johan Venegas coming in for Francisco Calvo, Gerson Torres and Anthony Contreras.

1 hr to kickoff: And here’s the Costa Rica side for their concluding Group E game:

1 hr 5 mins from kickoff: Costa Rica have arrived at the Al Bayt stadium as well, looking as focused as you would expect:

1 hr 10 mins from kickoff: Germany have named their team for this one:

1 hr 15 mins from kickoff: The venue for tonight’s game, which will be the last at Qatar 2022 for one of these sides.

1 hr 20 mins from kickoff: A big night for Costa Rican football, but the key takeaway is how comfortable those armchairs look!

1 hr 30 mins from kickoff: Germany getting in the mood…

2 hrs from kickoff: Morocco beat Canada 2-1 to qualify from Group F as winners, while Croatia’s 0-0 draw with Belgium sees them through as runners-up.

That means, whoever wins Group E will take on Croatia, while the runners-up will face Morocco.

2 hrs 30 mins from kickoff: He may not be in the Germany squad these days, but Mesut Ozil has made it to this World Cup.

3 hrs 10 mins from kickoff: Halftime in the two games in Group F, which is where Costa Rica and Germany’s potential opponents in the knockout stages will come from.

As things stand, Morocco will go through as group winners courtesy of a 2-1 win over Canada, while Croatia will follow them as runners-up after holding Belgium to a 0-0 draw.

3 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: Costa Rica and Germany have met just once before in international football – on the opening day of the 2006 World Cup, which was of course hosted by the Germans.

That day, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side ran out 4-2 winners, despite Paulo Wanchope twice getting on the scoresheet. 

4 hrs 15 mins from kickoff: Nico Schlotterbeck will hope for a double celebration today: it’s the defender’s 23rd birthday, and he’ll hope to mark it with a start and a victory.

4 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: Germany and Costa Rica have met before in a World Cup group stage, with the Germans logging a 4-2 win in 2006:

5 hrs from kickoff: Regardless of the final score, the Costa Rica vs. Germany match is guaranteed to make history:

Costa Rica vs Germany lineups, team news

Juan Pablo Vargas filled in for the suspended Francisco Calvo (yellow card accumulation) while Johan Venegas played alongside Joel Campbell up front instead of Anthony Contreras. Brandon Aguilera came in for Gerson Torres in Costa Rica’s third change.

Costa Rica (5-3-2, right to left): 1-Navas (GK) — 4-Fuller, 6-Duarte, 18-Waston, 3-Vargas, 8-Oviedo — 5-Borges, 17-Tejeda, 20-Aguilera — 12-Campbell, 11-Venegas

German manager Hansi Flick confirmed that all 26 players on the German roster are fit and available to start and that includes the influential Leroy Sane, who missed the opening group match as he was recovering from a knee injury. He came on for the final 20 minutes against Spain before coming into start for Thilo Kehrer in Germany’s only change.

Joshua Kimmich started at rightback while Thomas Muller was again preferred up front to Werder Bremen forward sensation Niclas Fullkrug, though Flick is likely to use Fullkrug as a spark in case they’re stifled by the Ticos. 

Germany (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-Neuer (GK) — 6-Kimmich, 15-Sule, 2-Rudiger, 3-Raum — 21-Gundogan, 8-Goretzka — 10-Gnabry, 14-Musiala, 19-Sane — 13-Muller

Costa Rica vs Germany live stream, TV channel

This final Group E match will be played at Al Bayt Stadium. Here’s how you can watch all the action in some of the major global territories.

  Date Time TV Channel Streaming
USA Thu, Dec 1 14:00 ET FS1
Fox Sports site/app,
Universo Now,
Canada Thu, Dec 1 14:00 ET TSN 1, RDS 2 (French) TSN site/app,
RDS app
UK Thu, Dec 1 19:00 GMT ITV, STV ITVX, STV Player
Australia Fri, Dec. 2 06:00 AEDT SBS VICELAND SBS On Demand
India Fri, Dec 2 00:30 IST Sports 18 HD Voot, JioTV
Hong Kong Fri, Dec 2 03:00 HKT Now TV (Ch. 617, 619) Now TV
Malaysia Fri, Dec 2 03:00 MYT Astro FIFA World Cup 2 Astro GO
Singapore Fri, Dec 2 03:00 SGT StarHub TV FIFA World Cup, Singtel FIFA World Cup 141 Singtel TV GO, CAST,
StarHub TV+, MeWatch
New Zealand Fri, Dec. 2 08:00 NZDT Sky Sport 1 NZ Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW

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