Niclas Fullkrug's late equaliser against Spain means a first victory for Germany at the 2022 FIFA World Cup would still put them in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stage.
Costa Rica have their own designs on qualifying in the Group E finale, with a draw sufficient for the underdogs to reach the Round of 16 if Spain beat Japan in the simultaneous decider.
Germany know that anything other than a win — when they would also require Japan not to emerge victorious over Spain — would send them out, and there is even an unlikely scenario that would see Germany out on tiebreakers in the event of a Japan-Spain draw, although that would require a series of unlikely result combinations.
Here's how the teams might initially line up at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Germany vs Costa Rica lineups
Leroy Sane is one of many "good options", Germany coach Hansi Flick says, after the livewire winger was forced to miss that defeat to Japan in Germany's opening game.
"I’m not feeling any pressure at all and I’m convinced that we are on the right track," added Flick. "I have the feeling that we are getting better as a team with every training session.
"We want to take hold of the game as quickly as possible to put pressure on the other game [in the group], but we know that it will be difficult against a side that will likely be set up defensively. I would like to see the same attitude that was on show against Spain.
"I’m expecting a defensive [Costa Rica] side, as was also the case against Japan. It’s important for us to have a good solution to this."
Costa Rica are seeking a place in the Round of 16 for a third time in their history, having gone furthest when they reached the quarterfinals in 2014.
"We did a good job," midfielder Gerson Torres justifiably reflected of their somewhat unexpected 1-0 win over Japan.
"When we recovered the ball we tried to hold it as much as possible; it is important to take the ball away from these teams that have very high ball possession.
"We talked about all this after the [7-0 defeat] against Spain. Germany are an explosive team with fast players, so we must be well [organised in defence] and, when they leave spaces, try to take advantage of them."
Germany predicted starting 11
Given that Germany's defence performed admirably against Spain, we can expect to see a similar line up against Los Ticos. The changes may occur higher up the pitch.
Leon Goretzka will most likely bolster the midfield alongside Bayern Munich teammate Joshua Kimmich, meaning Ilkay Gundogan can push further forward to support a front three of Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Thomas Muller.
There is a chance that Niclas Fullkrug, the man who scored for Germany, could find himself elevated to the side following his positive impact, while Leroy Sane is also an option from the bench.
Manchester City's Gundogan is the only non-Bayern player in the front six.
(4-3-3, right to left): 1. Neuer (GK) — 5. Kehrer, 15. Sule, 2. Rudiger, 3. Raum — 6. Kimmich, 8. Goretzka, 21. Gundogan — 10. Gnabry, 13. Muller, 14. Musiala
- Injured: None
- Suspended: None
Costa Rica predicted starting 11
For Costa Rica, coach Luis Fernando Suarez will likely stick with the majority of the same side who won against Japan on matchday 2.
Key striker Anthony Contreras shook off a minor injury in the buildup to this contest but left-back Francisco Calvo is suspended and will need to be replaced.
(4-4-2, right to left): 1. Navas (GK) — 19. Waston, 6. Duarte, 15. Vargas, 8. Oviedo — 4. Fuller, 5. Borges, 17. Tejeda, 13. Torres — 12. Campbell, 7. Contreras
- Injured: None
- Suspended: Calvo
Germany vs Costa Rica World Cup squads
Here are the names on Germany and Costa Rica's World Cup squads in Qatar (caps correct as of the start of Qatar 2022):
|Goalkeeper||Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich (GER)||36||114|
|Goalkeeper||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Barcelona (SPA)||30||30|
|Goalkeeper||Kevin Trapp||Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)||32||6|
|Defender||Armel Bella-Kotchap||Southampton (ENG)||20||2|
|Defender||Mattias Ginter||SC Freiburg (GER)||28||47|
|Defender||Christian Gunter||Freiburg (GER)||29||7|
|Defender||Thilo Kehrer||West Ham (ENG)||26||23|
|Defender||Lukas Klostermann||RB Leipzig (GER)||26||19|
|Defender||David Raum||RB Leipzig (GER)||24||12|
|Defender||Antonio Rudiger||Real Madrid (SPA)||29||54|
|Defender||Nico Schlotterbeck||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||22||6|
|Defender||Niklas Sule||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||27||42|
|Midfielder||Julian Brandt||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||26||39|
|Midfielder||Leon Goretzka||Bayern Munich (GER)||27||44|
|Midfielder||Ilkay Gundogan||Manchester City (ENG)||31||63|
|Midfielder||Mario Gotze||Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)||30||63|
|Midfielder||Jonas Hofmann||B. Monchengladbach (GER)||30||17|
|Midfielder||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich (GER)||27||71|
|Midfielder||Jamal Musiala||Bayern Munich (GER)||19||17|
|Forward||Youssoufa Moukoko||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||17||1|
|Forward||Karim Adeyemi||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||20||4|
|Forward||Niclas Fullkrug||Werder Bremen (GER)||29||1|
|Forward||Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich (GER)||27||36|
|Forward||Kai Havertz||Chelsea (ENG)||23||31|
|Forward||Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich (GER)||33||118|
|Forward||Leroy Sane||Bayern Munich (GER)||26||48|
|Goalkeeper||Esteban Alvarado||Herediano (CRC)||33||24|
|Goalkeeper||Keylor Navas||PSG (FRA)||35||107|
|Goalkeeper||Patrick Sequeira||CD Lugo (SPA)||23||2|
|Defender||Francisco Calvo||Konyaspor (TUR)||30||75|
|Defender||Daniel Chacon||Colorado Rapids (USA)||21||8|
|Defender||Oscar Duarte||Al Wehda (KSA)||33||70|
|Defender||Keysher Fuller||Herediano (CRC)||28||29|
|Defender||Carlos Martinez||San Carlos (CRC)||23||5|
|Defender||Ronald Matarrita||FC Cincinnati (USA)||28||52|
|Defender||Bryan Oviedo||Real Salt Lake (USA)||32||74|
|Defender||Juan Pablo Vargas||Millonarios (COL)||27||11|
|Defender||Kendall Waston||Saprissa (CRC)||34||61|
|Midfielder||Brandon Aguilera||Nott'm Forest (ENG)
|Midfielder||Jewison Bennette||Sunderland (ENG)||18||7|
|Midfielder||Celso Borges||Alajuelense (CRC)||34||154|
|Midfielder||Anthony Hernandez||Puntarenas (CRC)||21||2|
|Midfielder||Douglas Lopez||Herediano (CRC)||24||2|
|Midfielder||Bryan Ruiz||Alajuelense (CRC)||37||144|
|Midfielder||Youstin Salas||Saprissa (CRC)||26||3|
|Midfielder||Yeltsin Tejeda||Herediano (CRC)||30||73|
|Midfielder||Gerson Torres||Herediano (CRC)||25||12|
|Midfielder||Roan Wilson||Grecia (CRC)||20||2|
|Midfielder||Alvaro Zamora||Saprissa (CRC)||20||2|
|Forward||Joel Campbell||Club Leon (MEX)||30||118|
|Forward||Anthony Contreras||Herediano (CRC)||22||8|
|Forward||Johan Venegas||Alajuelense (CRC)||33||80|