Germany and Belgium, the two of the favorites team in this world cup, are on the verge of being eliminated from the group stage. In Group E, Germany stand at the bottom of the table with only one point. Meanwhile, Belgium are in 3rd in group F with three points. However, both teams have one game left in the group round.
What do Germany need to go to the Round of 16?
Germany, the world cup champion in 2014, failed to qualify for the round of 16 in 2018 at the Russia World Cup. Now, they are under tremendous pressure like they were in 2018. Germany started their world cup journey with a massive shock. Japan, the powerhouse of Asia, stunned Germany in their opening game.
As a result, Germany needed to win their next game against Spain last night. But Spain dominated the game and scored first. However, it seemed Germany’s journey would end last night as they were losing the match. Fortunately, German forward Niclas Fulkrug scored a late goal in the 83rd minute to draw the game.
Therefore, Germany earned only one point from the first two games in the World Cup. Moreover, they failed to win their first two group-stage games for the first time in a single world cup.
Now, it has become complicated for the Germans to qualify for the next round. They have to win their last game in Group E against Costa Rica by a massive margin. But it wouldn’t secure their place in the next stage. Their future depends on the Japan VS Spain match. If Spain beat Japan, Germany will have a chance to go to the Round of 16. Otherwise, Gemrany will have to end their journey once again from the group round.
Belgium are close to being eliminated
Belgium started their World Cup journey with a win against Canada. But Morocco shocked them last night by defeating Belgium at Al Thumama Stadium. Belgium have three points in Group F, while Croatia and Morocco have four points each.
Now Belgium have no option but to defeat Croatia in their last match at the group stage. If they tie this game, their future will depend on the Morocco VS Canada match.