Thilo's coming home

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 2nd December 2022

Thilo Kehrer became the first Hammer to be knocked out of the World Cup despite his German side enjoying a 4-2 win against Costa Rica in their final group game of the tournament.

Japan's 2-1 defeat of Spain - combined with their earlier shock victory against the Germans - condemned Hansi Flick's side to World Cup humiliation, as they finished their campaign third in the group.

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And Kehrer saw just 70 minutes of action in the entire tournament, having failed to feature in the games against Japan and Costa Rica with his only appearance coming in Germany's 1-1 draw with SPain, a match in which he started but was replaced 20 minutes from time by Leipzig's Lukas Klostermann.

Already through to the next stage of the tournament are Declan Rice (England), Nayef Aguerd (Morocco) and Alphonse Areola - who is yet to see any game time for France.

Meanwhile Lucas Paqueta has already booked his place in the round of 16 courtesy of Brazil's wins against Serbia and Switzerland, while they play their final group game against Cameroon later this afternoon (Friday).

Rice's England will face Senegal in the first knock out stage on Sunday evening (7pm), whilst Aguerd's Morocco take on Spain (Tuesday 6 December) and Areola's France tackle Poland (3pm on Sunday).

Paqueta's Brazil are likely to face the winners of today's Group H tie between Ghana and Uraguay.

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