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Germany scores late to draw 1-1 with Spain

Fuellkrug salvages a point for Germany after Álvaro Morata gave Spain the lead in a lively clash.

A close range goal from substitute Niclas Fuellkrug late in the second half rescued Germany from a valuable 1-1 draw against Spain in a World Cup Group E clash, a result that left the group still wide open.

Spain had the better of the first half on Sunday night, looking more likely to break the deadlock with flair and flair from their youngsters.

They were rewarded for their creativity early in the second period. Substitute Álvaro Morata got past his marker and flicked the ball to the near post past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after Jordi Alba’s low cross in the 62nd minute to give Spain the lead.

The goal was enough to stop a German renaissance, but head coach Hanzi Flick made the changes and traded three players. Just 13 minutes after coming on, Niclas Fullkrug equalized for the Germans in the 83rd minute, finishing off a loose ball inside the box.

From then until six minutes into stoppage time, both teams had chances to win in a frantic finale but had to settle for a draw.

Their draw leaves Spain top of the group, needing only a draw against Japan to guarantee a place in the round of 16 of the tournament.

Germany, which lost 2-1 in its opening game against Japan, is bottom of the table with one point. They need to win against Costa Rica on Thursday and their hopes then depend on Japan losing. If Japan draw, it would come down to goal difference or the goals scored by Germany and Japan.

More to follow.

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