Germany eliminated

Kai Havertz Scores Twice but Germany Still Out as Japan Shock Again and Beat Spain

Germany have failed to make it out of the group stage for the second successive World Cup, being eliminated on goal difference compared to Spain, who finish second to another surprise group-winner in Japan.

Japan shocked Germany to begin their campaign, staging a second-half comeback to win 2-1, and they followed the same script today against Spain, who still advance thanks to Costa Rica’s defeat.

Germany also took an early lead before a rare error from Manuel Neuer gifted Costa Rica an equalizer early in the second half.

The Ticos then took the lead, which would’ve put them in to the Last 16 with a Spain victory, but a Havertz-inspired Germany stormed back, with the Chelsea man grabbing a 20-minute brace after coming on and Niclas Füllkrug adding a fourth — though it was far too late to overcome Spain’s far superior goal difference (thanks to their opening game 7-0 hammering of Costa Rica).

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