Germany are dangerously close to a second consecutive group stage exit from the World Cup and must beat Costa Rica if they are to progress to the next stage of the tournament. The Germans suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan in their opening match which immediately put them on the back foot and a solitary point they secured against Spain has just about kept them in with a chance of progressing to the next stage.
Speaking to the BBC, football manager and former German boss Jurgen Klinsmann said: “The goal is huge for Germany. I would be surprised if Germany are challenging for the trophy though. It would be huge if they could get to the semi-finals, but I think challenging for the trophy is reserved for other teams.”
Not only will this match mark the end of one of the two teams’ journeys in the World Cup, but it will also see France’s Stephanie Frappart become the first woman to referee at the men’s World Cup. The 38-year-old will lead an all-female on-field team for the fixture with Brazil’s Neuza Back and Mexican Karen Diaz Medina as her chosen assistants.
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When is Costa Rica vs Germany?
The two sides will meet on Thursday 1 December with a kick-off time scheduled for 7pm GMT. The Group E fixture will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City, 35km north of Doha. The stadium has a capacity for over 68,000 and hosted the opening match between Ecuador and Qatar which saw the hosts lose 2-0.
How to watch Costa Rica vs Germany
ITV4 is set to broadcast the match between Costa Rica and Germany and will be shown at the same time as Japan’s match against Spain. For those viewing in Scotland, the match can be watched on STV. ITV/STV and BBC have been sharing coverage of the tournament with both broadcasters taking two matches a day.
Can I stream the match?
The match will also be available to stream for those unable to watch on TV through ITVX or STV Player for those in Scotland. Viewers must sign up for a free account in order to watch the action.
This will be only the second meeting between the two side in their history, with the first coming at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Germany won the match 4-2. Germany will hope Spain beat Japan as well as beating their upcoming opponents if they are to secure a place in the next round. Costa Rica, however, will need to beat Germany and any result for the Spain v Japan match could see them still go through.
Costa Rica will be without defender Francisco Calvo who picked up his second yellow card against Japan and is now subsequently suspended. Germany, on the other hand, have no fresh injury worries and Hansi Flick will once again have to decide between Thomas Muller or Niclas Fullkrug in the attack.