Germany’s FIFA World Cup destiny remains in their own hands after securing a 1-1 draw with Spain in an evenly-matched encounter at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Costa Rica’s 1-0 victory over Japan earlier in the day boosted Germany’s chances of progression to the Round of 16 despite their opening 2-1 defeat to the Samurai Blue.
However, the longer the first half went on, the more Die Mannschaft grew into the game, and they appeared to have taken the lead when Antonio Rüdiger headed Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick beyond Unai Simón.
After rarely threatening before the break, Germany looked more dangerous initially after the interval, their high press earning a chance for Joshua Kimmich.
Simón was equal to it, though, unlike Neuer from substitute Álvaro Morata’s flick at the other end.
Flick rolled the dice by making three changes, and two of them, Leroy Sané and Niclas Füllkrug, were involved for the equaliser.
While Germany remain bottom of Group E with just one point, a two-goal win against Costa Rica in their final match will see them through unless Japan do not beat Spain.
Enrique and Co, meanwhile, need only a draw to progress, although they will be looking for a victory to guarantee top spot.