The Werder Bremen striker immediately justified his first-ever call to Germany’s senior squad as he cancelled out Alvaro Morata’s well-taken strike late in the game to give Hansi Flick’s side more hope of progressing to the next round.
Fullkrug earned his spot in the Germany squad after netting ten goals in 16 appearances for his club, the sort of form that he’s now extending to the world stage.
Germany will have it all to do when they take on Costa Rica in the Group E finale, knowing that they’ll need a win to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stage.
Fullkrug certainly managed to spare the blushes of the Germans who, begun Sunday in danger of getting knocked out.
While their spot in the next round is far from certain, they’ll be pleased to have the chance to avoid a second consecutive World Cup exit in the first round.
This comes after the World Cup in Russia in 2018 when they finished bottom of a group containing Sweden, Mexico and South Korea after falling to defeat in two of the three fixtures.
For Spain, they’ll be disappointed not to have guaranteed their spot in the second round of the competition, with Luis Enrique’s side now needing to avoid defeat in their final match with Japan to be sure of a place in the last 16.