With Belgium crushing out of the World Cup earlier tonight, the sword of exit dangles on two other European superpowers in Spain and Germany
. Spain faces Japan
in their last group in which they must at least get a draw to get through. If they lose and Germany
beat Costa Rica, the Tiki-Taka team will have to bow out of the World Cup at the group stage itself. There are many other scenarios at play as well.
The equation in this game is pretty simple. Win the match and get through. But it changes when you consider drawing or losing the game. If Spain draw, they still go through, however, if Japan
plays draws, they would have to hope that Costa Rica
must draw against Germany
and then on goal difference, Japan
march through. If Spain loses this one, even then they could go through but in that case, they would want the other game between Costa Rica
and Germany to end in a draw.
It will come down to scenarios even in Germany vs Costa Rica game. If Germany wins, they would hope that Japan loses against Spain. If Japan even manages to draw the game, then Germany must win by a margin of two goals or more. For Costa Rica, it is simple as well if they win the game. If they draw and Japan loses, even then the Costa Ricans can go forward. Other than that, there are no options.