Costa Rica vs Germany LIVE: Muller leads line and Havertz benched for HUGE World Cup clash as Germany seek last-16 place | The Sun

GERMANY take on Costa Rica in a must-win match if they are to qualify for the last-16 and the teams are in!

Hansi Flick's side currently sit rock-bottom of the group having lost their opening match against Japan before drawing with Spain.

But the European giants can still qualify should they beat Costa Rica in their final group encounter.

However, Germany will need a huge favour from Spain when they take on second-place Japan in the other fixture.

And Flick has decided his team for the clash, opting for Thomas Muller in attack ahead of Kai Havertz and Niclas Fullkrug, who scored last time out.

  • Kick-off time: 7pm GMT
  • Live stream: ITV X
  • TV channel: ITV 1
  • Group E: LIVE TABLE
  • Costa Rica XI: To follow
  • Germany XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Sule, Rudiger, Raum, Goretzka, Gundogan, Musiala, Sane, Muller, Gnabry

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  • Sam Dymond

    Havertz among the German subs

    12 Trapp, 22 Ter Stegen; 4 Ginter, 5 Kehrer, 7 Havertz, 9 Fullkrug, 11 Gotze, 16 Klostermann, 17 Brandt, 18 Hofmann, 20 Gunter, 23 Schlotterbeck, 24 Adeyemi, 25 Bella-Kotchap, 26 Moukoko

  • Sam Dymond

    No Fullkrug for Germany

    Germany (4-2-3-1): 1 Neuer; 6 Kimmich, 15 Sule, 2 Rudiger, 3 Raum; 21 Gundogan, 8 Goretzka; 10 Gnabry, 14 Musiala, 19 Sane; 13 Muller

  • Sam Dymond

    On the Costa Rican bench

    18 Alvarado, 23 Sequeira, 2 Chacon, 7 Contreras, 9 Bennette, 10 Ruiz, 13 Torres, 14 Salas, 16 Martinez, 21 Lopez, 22 Matarrita, 24 Wilson, 25 Hernandez, 26 Zamora

  • Sam Dymond

    Vargas in for Costa Rica

    Costa Rica (3-4-3): 1 Navas; 6 Duarte, 19 Waston, 3 Vargas; 4 Fuller, 5 Borges, 17 Tejeda, 8 Oviedo; 20 Aguilera, 11 Venegas, 12 Campbell

  • Sam Dymond

    Germany huge favourites for success

    Germany's need for victory combined with the lasting memory of Costa Rica's disastrous opener with Spain have ensured the bookies are heavily favouring the 2014 world champions for this one.

    Hansi Flick's team are massively odds-on for success, while Costa Rica are a whopping 25/1. Worth a nibble in a three-horse race?

    • Costa Rica win 25/1
    • Draw 10/1
    • Germany win 1/10

    Odds from Betfair correct at the time of post publication.

    Readers, what's the score?!

    Germany need a victory to have any thoughts of making the Last 16, but are yet to find that winning formula in Qatar.

    Meanwhile, Costa Rica conceded seven in their Group E opener before rallying to keep a clean sheet against Japan.

    How will this one pan out? You decide – and if you get it right, you could be in with a chance of claiming a £5,000 prize!

    All to play for in E

    Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup group match between Costa Rica and Germany.


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