In contrast, Spain set a new La Roja World Cup record, as they hammered Costa Rica 7-0, to sit top of the group ahead of their meeting in Al Khor tomorrow.
The stakes are high for both sides, with Spain famously beating Germany at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, on route to winning both competitions.
Flick is aware of what is on the line for his players, ahead of their second outing in the Middle East, and he is confident of a positive response.
“The last two tournaments were not good”, as per quotes from BBC Sport.
“We want to avoid a repeat of Japan. We must be focused and concentrate.
“This is the first ‘final’ for us at this World Cup and that’s what it’s about.”