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Germany suffer humiliation of second straight World Cup group-stage exit despite win vs. Costa Rica

AL KHOR, Qatar -- Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage for the second successive tournament, despite a second-half fightback to beat Costa Rica 4-2 at Al Bayt Stadium on Thursday.

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In a remarkable game, Germany took a first-half lead and seemed to be coasting until two Costa Rica goals early in the second period rocked Hansi Flick's team. Although substitutes Kai Havertz (2) and Niclas Fullkrug scored to seal a 4-2 win, Japan's 2-1 victory against Spain meant that Germany were out.