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Refusing to be affected by the seven-goal battering they received at the hands of Spain, Costa Rica picked themselves up and prepared to face a Japan team that had defeated Germany just four days prior, but this time it would be the Asian country that would be humbled.

Keysher Fuller’s 81st-minute strike did reach Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda’s gloves, but he could only assist the ball as it made its way into the top corner, setting off joyous scenes for the Costa Ricans, whose future is once more in their own hands.

With a win over Germany this week, Costa Rica will advance to the knockout stages for just the third time in their history. They are currently in third place with three points, level with second-placed Japan and just one behind Spain ahead of their top-of-the-table match.

If Spain beats Japan, which has a goal differential of zero compared to Costa Rica’s minus six, a draw would also do for Luis Fernando Suarez’s team, but a loss would prevent them from improving on their quarterfinal finish from 2014 or their last-16 exit from 1990.

On Sunday night, when Alvaro Morata’s close-range flick put Spain ahead, the 2014 World Cup champions felt their stomachs drop as they faced the prospect of yet another disastrous early exit from football’s biggest stage.

The Werder Bremen star, Niclas Fullkrug, scored a powerful goal in the 83rd minute to rescue what might turn out to be a crucial point for Die Mannschaft.

Nothing less than a win will do for Germany if they are to break into the top two on Thursday, and a victory for Flick’s side coupled with a Spain win over Japan would ensure that the one-point basement side advance to the last 16.

In contrast, if Spain and Japan draw, Germany would need to win by at least two goals to edge out the latter for second place, and if Hajime Moriyasu’s team can shock La Roja, Flick’s team would require a five-goal swing in their favour to knock Spain out of the tournament.

Flick could also become the first Germany manager in history to fail to win any of his first three World Cup games, but Die Mannschaft did run out 4-2 winners in their only previous clash with Costa Rica, which came at the 2006 World Cup.

Will the result be replicated? Here is what the betting market thinks.

1×2 Betting Odds

The betting market believes that a German win is just a formality to be completed, with odds @ 1.13.

The odds of a Costa Rican win are farfetched @ 25. While those of a stalemate stand @ 11.

Germany has too much quality to fail qualification, and the fact that Costa Rica has poor attacking threats only improves Germany’s chances.

Total goals over/under

The odds that the total number of goals score will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.34.

While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 3.7.

So, the market expects a goal feast at this game with Germany coming confidently on top!