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FIFA World Cup: Spain face Japan, Germany look to remain alive against Costa Rica

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In one of the most complicated groups at the ongoing World Cup, Germany find themselves at the bottom of the points table, quite to the surprise of fans. Meanwhile, Spain have the strongest chance of qualifying to the next round, as even a defeat to Japan can see them through based on the goal difference.

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Group E of FIFA World Cup 2022 was dubbed by many as the ‘group of death’ with big boys such as Germany and Spain paired alongside tricky teams such as Costa Rica and Japan. After two matchdays, the Group remains open and all four teams remain in contention to reach the round of 16.

It all began with a shocking 2-1 loss for Germany, followed by a 1-1 draw against Spain, which has left the 2014 World Cup champs on the verge of elimination and needing a helping hand from their Spanish buddies.

The 2010 World Cup champs, Spain are at the top of Group E for now, but they face off against the giant killers, Japan. The Asian giants also suffered a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Costa Rica, but are still second in the group.

Keylor Navas’s Costa Rica side is third, and they will face an uphill task of taking on the German heavyweights in their final Group E clash to stay alive in the tournament. Spain faces Japan, and Germany takes on Costa Rica.

Two mouth-watering games, and given the previous upsets and reverse, expect the unexpected in Group E.

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In a complicated Group E, where all four teams are alive and have a possibility to qualify for the Round of 16, Spain will meet Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium, simultaneously while Germany will play Costa Rica at the Al Bayt Stadium.

The equation for Spain is quite simple, who will seek a draw to qualify for the next round. Japan, on the other end, will need a win to march ahead. If they draw against Spain, only a parallel draw in the other group match can salvage them.

Germany finds itself in a strange position at the bottom of the points table after two games, failing to win either of the two. The primary target for Germany will be to beat Costa Rica, but the situation is such that even a might not be sufficient for them to extend their stay in Qatar.

A draw will see Costa Rica through if Spain beats Japan.

It will require patience worth a few hours to find the answers to these equations, as algebra either will not be able to find the missing values.

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