Germany vs Costa Rica World Cup lineups, starting 11 for Group E match at Qatar 2022

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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.

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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."

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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

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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):

Germany

Position Player Club Age Caps
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

Costa Rica

Position Player Club Age Caps
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)
Guanacasteca (CRC)
19 4
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
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