Germany’s hopes of reaching the last-16 of the World Cup hang on a knife edge as they take on Costa Rica in their final game of Group E.
Germany were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Japan in their opening game before snatching a late 1-1 draw against Spain and must now win to stand any chance of progression.
However their opponents Costa Rica are also keen on securing a place in the next round, having recovered from a 7-0 thrashing by Spain to beat Japan 1-0.
The central American side can progress with a draw if Japan are beaten by Spain but may also have to target a win to ensure progression.
With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know below.
Germany’s draw with Spain puts them back in the hunt of reaching the last-16 of the World Cup
When is Costa Rica vs Germany?
Costa Rica vs Germany will help wrap up the action from Group E and takes place on December 1. The game will start at 7pm GMT, 2am EST in the USA and 11pm for Australian Eastern Time.
Date: Thursday December 1
Time: 7pm (UK time), 2pm (US EST), 5am – Dec 2 (AUS EST)
How to watch the match
The Costa Rica vs Germany game will be aired live on ITV One and can be screened on the ITV Hub for UK viewers.
US based World Cup fans can view the match on Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports website with a valid login. Telemundo and Peacock will also be screening the game.
Australian fans can watch the game for free on SBS, including the live stream.
UK: ITV One and ITV Hub
US: Fox Sports, FuboTV, Telemundo and Peacock
Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand
ITV One will be screening Costa Rica vs Germany in their final group game at the World Cup
Where is Costa Rica vs Germany being played?
Costa Rica’s clash with Germany will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium – which is located in Al Khor, 35km north of Doha.
The Al Bayt Stadium has a capacity of around 60,000, and is a purpose built facility for the tournament.
The stadium will hold several group stage matches, already staging England’s 6-2 win over Iran, and will play a major role in the knockout stages by holding a last-16, quarter-final and semi-final.
Location: Al Khor, Qatar
Stadium: The Al Bayt Stadium
The Al Bayt Stadium will host Costa Rica’s World Cup game in Qatar against Germany
Costa Rica vs Germany: Team news
Germany have a decision to make on who to start in attack after substitute Niclas Fullkrug impressed after coming off the bench to score a late equaliser after replacing the ineffective Thomas Muller.
Costa Rica will be hoping they can stick with the same team that defeated Japan having impressively shown excellent mental strength to bounce back from their humiliating defeat by Spain.
Costa Rica bounced back from a Spain thrashing to defeat Japan and boost qualifying hopes
Costa Rica squad:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Esteban Alvarado, Patrick Sequeira.
Defenders: Francisco Calvo, Juan Pablo Vargas, Kendall Waston, Oscar Duarte, Daniel Chacon, Keysher Fuller, Carlos Martinez, Bryan Oviedo, Ronald Matarrita.
Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Youstin Salas, Roan Wilson, Gerson Torres, Douglas Lopez, Jewison Bennette, Alvaro Zamora, Anthony Hernandez, Brandon Aguilera, Bryan Ruiz.
Forwards: Joel Campbell, Anthony Contreras, Johan Venegas.
Niclas Fullkrug impressed after coming off the bench to grab Germany’s goal against Spain
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp
Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Matthias Ginter, Christian Gunter, Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule
Midfielders: Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala.
Forwards: Karim Adeyemi, Niclas Fullkrug, Serge Gnabry, Mario Gotze, Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Moukoko, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane.
The teams have met on one previous occasion but that was also a World Cup group stage match.
With Germany hosting the 2006 World Cup, the match was the opening game and saw Jurgen Klinsmann’s side run out 4-2 winners, with Miroslav Klose grabbing a brace and Philipp Lahm and Torsten Frings also scoring spectacular efforts.
Costa Rica kept the hosts honest with a Paulo Wanchope scoring twice but they will hope for a reversal in fortunes this time around.
Miroslav Klose celebrates scoring in Germany’s 4-2 victory over Costa Rica back in 2006
Group E fixtures, results and tables
- Germany 1-2 Japan – November 23
- Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – November 23
- Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – November 27
- Spain 1-1 Germany – November 27
- Costa Rica vs Germany – December 1
- Japan vs Spain – December 1