Germany needed a late strike from Noah Awuku to overcome Costa Rica. Here are the highlights of the match:
While India mourns the Anwar Ali shot that hit the bar, even the prolific Germans turned goal-shy at the first whiff of the big occasion and were fortunate for a last-minute strike, to come off with a 2-1 win against Costa Rica. The first 10 minutes were spent officially jangling their nerves, but the rest of the match too saw a dozen forays in each half and 9 jittery shots on goal — misses that German coach Christian Wueck struggled to explain. Except for acknowledging Costa Rica’s smart ploy of the long ball — pushing it all the way back, taking the midfield out of the equation. The Costa Ricans were also aggressive in their defending. Germany’s John Yeboah set up every forward and had a fair few chances himself but only Jann-Fiete Arp could sneak a chip past two defenders in the 21st minute while Noah Awuku pounced on Fernan Faerron’s error in the 89th to zip one past the keeper.
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Coached by his namesake World Cupper Ricardo Gonzalez, the near 6-footer Costa Rican goalkeeper Ricardo Montenegro, was responsible for making life miserable for the German forwards. Montenegro ensured he was safely pouching the ball at most times against waves of German attacks — one of the most fancied of the World Cup. It wasn’t the easiest task to read the back-heeling Yeboah and Nicolas Keuhn who are full of tricks, but Montenegro would get the crowd to swoon at his saves. There’s more than inspiration the lad’s taken from Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas — who mans the Real Madrid goal.