Group E: how things stand
So, this is what Group E looks like ahead of today’s final round of matches.
Having thumped Costa Rica and drawn with Germany, Spain lead the way with four points, one ahead of Japan and Los Ticos.
After stunning the Germans in their World Cup opener, the Japanese could have put one foot in the next round against Costa Rica on matchday two, but were beaten by Keysher Fuller’s late goal at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Thursday.
That Japan defeat was great news for Germany, who still have a very decent chance of going through despite being bottom with just a single point.
The Costa Ricans, meanwhile, are only outside the top two on goal difference and, having recovered from that thrashing by Spain to beat Japan, are still well within reach of a last-16 spot.