Germany crash out of World Cup group stage despite victory over Costa Rica

Germany have been knocked out of the World Cup in Qatar after finishing third in Group E despite a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica.

Hansi Flick’s side came from behind against Los Ticos to win at the Al Bayt Stadium, but Japan’s shock win over Spain sent them tumbling out before the knockout phase for a second consecutive World Cup.

Japan topped the group on six points, with Spain edging out the four-time world champions on goal difference thanks to their opening 7-0 win over Costa Rica.

Germany’s campaign in Qatar started off with a stunning loss to Japan, despite dominating the contest, as goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano handed Flick’s side a defeat.

And a daunting match with Spain followed, with Alvaro Morata breaking the deadlock. But with seven minutes from their exit confirmed, Niclas Fullkrug equalised to keep hopes alive.

Germany then entered tonight needing victory and a favour from Spain, but despite Germany taking care of business, Doan and Ao Tanaka hit a quickfire double to earn victory for Japan and secure progress as group winners.

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