World Cup 2022 | Spain vs Germany: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Iniesta on the Spanish national team and their amazing win vs Costa Rica

Andrés Iniesta visited Spain’s training ground in Qatar and praised the team for their 7-0 win against Costa Rica in the first game.

Spain vs Germany: Line-ups



Spain Set to Dominate


Many may question whether Spain can replicate such a dominant performance in their next match against Germany, but they can be confident of success ahead of Sunday’s encounter after securing a memorable 6-0 victory against Die Mannschaft in the UEFA Nations League the last time they met in November 2020.


Since they were crowned world champions in 2010, Spain have endured a difficult period on the biggest international stage, with elimination at the group stage in 2014 followed by a last-16 exit on penalties against 2018 hosts Russia.


Germany, ranked 10th in the world by FIFA, have now won just two of their last nine internationals across all competitions and head coach Hansi Flick has admitted that his side “are under pressure” heading into Sunday’s pivotal contest with Spain. Hopes of winning a record-equalling fifth world title already seem a tall order for Die Mannschaft and they will now seek to avoid losing successive group-stage games at the same World Cup tournament for the first time.


Returning to winning ways could prove challenging, though, as they have won only one of their last seven meetings with Spain across a 19-year period – a 1-0 friendly win in November 2014 – and they have not won a competitive clash against La Roja since a 2-0 success at Euro 1988.


Should Japan avoid defeat against Costa Rica in the earlier kickoff on Sunday, Germany must beat Spain if they wish to avoid back-to-back group-stage eliminations at the World Cup.

DPP Verdict

Spain were rampant in front of goal against Costa Rica and they breezed to victory the last time that they met Germany, but a tighter affair is to be expected on Sunday, with Flick’s men under huge pressure to respond after their disappointing loss against Japan. The four-time world champions are sure to be fired up for this pivotal clash in Group E, but we can see Enrique’s side coming out on top, potentially ending Die Mannschaft’s brief stint in Qatar.