Germany did their part, winning the game against Costa Rica 4-2, but Japan's 2-1 victory over Spain knocked them out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup competition in the group phase. Germany has now exited two World Cup tournaments in a row in the group stage.
Qatar World Cup 2022: Germany vs Costa Rica match report
As expected, Germany were dominant in ball possession, playing one on one with each other and marching towards Costa Rica's defense to find the back of the net. They did find the net in the 10th minute as Serge Gnabry's header from the center of the d-box beat Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, assisted by David Raum.
Young prospect Jamal Musiala was the heart of Germany's every attack. Musiala's dribbling and passing accuracy are simply eye-catching to watch. Despite creating a lot of chances, Germany had to settle for a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half.
In contrast, Costa Rica were busy guarding its own defense and making counterattacks when it got the chance. They were so close to finding the back of the net, but the lack of quality in the attacking line-up cost them badly.
The game opened up even more in the second half, especially when Yeltsin Tejeda scored for Costa Rica in the 58th minute. Germany became desperate to reclaim the lead by applying more pressure to the opposing half. Rather than regaining the lead, Germany allowed Juan Vargas to score in the 70th minute. Within three minutes, Germany made the score 2-2 thanks to Kai Havertz's goal.
The German side continued to push the opposition, hoping to get all three points from the contest. They eventually found the third goal in the 85th minute as Kai Havertz scored his second of the night, followed by the fourth by Niclas Fullkrug.
After that, Costa Rica's chances of defeating the German team were gone as they ran out of steam. The final score was 4-2 in favour of Germany.
The failure of Germany to advance to the Round of 16 in the Qatar World Cup is a major surprise. But their efforts were not good enough to seal a place in the next round. Japan, like Spain from Group E, has earned a spot in the Round of 16. Germany will now go home after finishing the tournament by beating Costa Rica.