Spain took the lead on lvaro Morata’s goal, but Germany equalized on Niclas Füllkrug’s strike in the 83rd minute.
On Sunday, as the first heavyweight match of this World Cup entered injury time, Spain’s lvaro Morata found himself cantering into the penalty area, the ball at his feet, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s net looming ever larger in his vision. Nico Schlotterbeck of Germany was straining to close the gap behind him.
Spain vs Germany 1-1
There were two possible outcomes for Germany at the time. They were separated only by a heartbeat, a blink of an eye, and a blade of grass at the time. But they were carrying two destinies that were not only distinct but worlds apart. Not only did Germany’s chance of reaching the knockout rounds hang in the balance, but so did perceptions of its soccer culture, the international careers of its players, and possibly the continuation of its manager’s employment.
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Schlotterbeck might not make it back in one scenario. Morata, who had already scored for Spain, would take a touch to set himself, then fire another shot past Neuer. Germany’s first two games in this tournament would be losses. The grousing would resume following Germany’s 2-1 loss to Japan on Wednesday.
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