Germany’s Jamal Musiala reached a historic milestone following his assist for Niclas Füllkrug in Die Mannschaft’s 1-1 draw against Luis Enrique’s Spain on Monday night.
As per Opta, Musiala (19 years, 274 days) became the youngest German player since at least 1966 to assist a goal in a World Cup match, surpassing Thomas Müller (20 years, 273 days), who assisted against Australia in 2010.
Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Spain but because of Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Japan earlier in the day, Germany were awarded a lifeline and wouldn’t be eliminated from the World Cup. The permutations changed when Musiala assisted Füllkrug to secure Germany a vital point in Group E.
Hansi Flick’s side go into Thursday’s game against Costa Rica needing a win and for Spain to beat Japan. In the event of a draw between Spain and Japan, Germany would need to beat Costa Rica by at least two goals.
Füllkrug also set a record last night, becoming the first player to score as a substitute for Germany at a World Cup for the first time since Mario Götze’s winner against Argentina in the 2014 final.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder