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World Cup 2022 highlights: Germany eliminated despite win over Costa Rica

The 2022 FIFA World Cup continued Thursday on FS1 with all eyes on Group E, as Germany (1-1-1) took down Costa Rica (1-0-2) at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar — but it wasn’t enough for the Germans to move on.

Meanwhile, on FOX, Japan (2-0-1) beat Spain (1-1-1) in the tournament’s other final Group E match.

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Costa Rica vs. Germany Highlights

Germany 4, Costa Rica 2

10′: GOAL!

Germany struck first, as forward Serge Gnabry punched in a header on a pass from David Raum.

Germany’s Serge Gnabry scores goal vs. Costa Rica in 10′

40′: Almost another one

Gnabry twisted his way into a shot attempt that was almost his second score of the game, but it was wide to the right.

43′: Missed opportunity

Costa Rica had a chance to even up the score before halftime when defender Keysher Fuller corralled a crosser near the net. Fuller’s shot was denied by Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, though.

Germany led 1-0 at halftime.

58′: TIE GAME!

Costa Rica evened up the score early in the second half. After a missed header from defender Kendall Watson, midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda corralled the ricochet and knocked in the goal. 

Costa Rica’s Yeltsin Tejeda scores goal vs. Germany in 58′

69′: NEW LEADER

After a clutter around the net, defender Juan Pablo Vargas smacked in Costa Rica’s second goal, giving it the lead.

Costa Rica’s Juan Pablo Vargas scores goal vs. Germany in 69′

73′: Tied (again)

Mere minutes after Costa Rica took the lead, Germany tied the score at two apiece. Forward Kai Havertz had the touch on the game-tying goal.

Germany’s Kai Havertz scores goal vs. Costa Rica in 72′

76′: HUGE save

Niclas Füllkrug had a wonderful chance to give Germany the lead, but Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas deflected the forward’s shot.

84′: Germany regains lead

Havertz got Germany even with Costa Rica and later put them ahead. The forward finessed in a close-up goal to give Germany a 3-2 lead.

Germany’s Kai Havertz scores goal vs. Costa Rica in 84′

89+1′: Germany scores AGAIN

Füllkrug joined Havertz on the list of Germany players with a multi-goal performance in the closing moments. The forward was the recipient of a chest pass from midfielder Leroy Sane, which Havertz smacked into the net. Originally ruled offside, a VAR check ruled it a goal.

Germany’s Niclas Fullkrug scores goal vs. Costa Rica in 90′

Germany took a 4-2 lead, which would be the final score. 

However, with Japan’s win over Spain, the Germans were eliminated from the tournament.

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