A 4-2 victory over Costa Rica featuring goals from Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz (two) and Niclas Füllkrug was rendered obsolete thanks to the heroics of Doan and Tanaka, who gave Japan a 2-1 comeback victory against Spain at Khalifa International Stadium.
Germany went ahead through Gnabry after 10 minutes at Al Bayt Stadium, and when Alvaro Morata headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross and edged Spain in front moments later — 30 miles south — it was a case of so far, so predictable, a double outcome that would send both teams through and confirm what was widely expected when the draw was made.
Three minutes later came a contentious moment that will long be talked about, especially in Germany.
Germany was back in contention, Spain only just out of danger, Japan no longer feeling so comfortable, Costa Rica with work still to do.
Havertz would add another and Füllkrug would put an end to the Costa Ricans’ game challenge, but it was not enough for Germany as Japan held on to its advantage.
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