Germany left it late to draw with Spain in a crucial game for their chances of qualifying out of their group. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring in the 62nd minute for Spain before Niclas Füllkrug equalised in the 83rd minute to rescue a point for Germany, meaning they have to beat Costa Rica in their final game.
Flick gave compliments to his team for an excellent performance, considering few had given Die Mannschaft hope against Spain following their 2-1 defeat against Japan.
“It was a highly interesting football game. Every football fan got their money’s worth today. Big compliment to the team for fighting until the end,” Flick told ZDF, via Sport1.
“But we only took the first step, against Costa Rica we want to take the second step and reach the round of 16.”
Flick also spoke on the mentality of the team to come from behind and draw with Spain: “We get on well together as a team, even though you read different things. What the team did today was amazing. I’m really proud. We faced a team that is great in terms of football and we played them on an equal footing. The mentality of the team was outstanding.”
The selection of some of the players that started for Germany will be questioned with the right-back position and striker proving to be a big weakness for the team in this game, with Thilo Kehrer struggling and Thomas Müller not really getting into the game.
Germany’s final game is against Costa Rica on Thursday with a win being their best bet a qualifying out of their group.
GGFN | Jack Meenan