The opening game of the World Cup in Qatar this Sunday (27), valid for Group E, could make Germany’s situation even more complicated. Play at 7am Japan, the zebra that knocked down the four-time world champion in her debut (by 2 to 1 and comeback) against, so far, the punching bag Costa Rica, beaten 7-0 by Spain in the first confrontation.
If Japan wins, it goes to 6 points, forcing Germany to win the next two games to reach the same score and try to do better in the tiebreaker criteria with the East and the Spaniards, who could also reach that mark.
And the next challenge is already a kind of early Cup final. At 4 pm this Sunday, Germany takes on Spain, a team that had one of the best performances in Qatar so far, with seven goals in a single game.
If Japan beats Costa Rica, Germany cannot even draw because they will be practically eliminated from the World Cup. Just like it did in 2018.
In the Russian Cup, the Germans were in the first phase after losing to Mexico (1-0), beating Sweden (2-1) and losing to South Korea (2-0).
Also this Sunday, Group F may have definitions. Belgium takes Morocco at 10am. If it wins, as it already has 3 points, it will go to 6 and join France among those classified for the round of 16.
In the other game of the key, the runner-up in 2018, Croatia, takes on Canada, who lost in the debut – 1-0, to the Belgians. If the Croatians win, the Canadians kiss any chance of qualifying goodbye.
Croatia and Morocco tied in the first match (0-0) and are still in contention.