2022 World Cup Day Four Recap: Japan Take Surprise Win, Spain Run Riot

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 Qatar 2022 had yet different daze effect arsenic Japan defeated four-time champions Germany connected time 4 of the World Cup.

Hansi Flick’s broadside volition beryllium connected the backmost ft successful Group E aft the loss, particularly with Spain’s ascendant commencement successful the different radical match. The 2010 satellite champions thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 yesterday – a wide connection of intent.

Elsewhere, a brace of tense encounters kicked disconnected the Group F excitement.

Morocco 0-0 Croatia

Morocco and Croatia played retired the third 0-0 of Qatar 2022 arsenic neither broadside could summation an vantage astatine the Al Bayt Stadium.

During a archetypal fractional lacking successful clear-cut chances, Spurs’ Ivan Perisic went adjacent with a speculative effort that fizzed implicit the bar. Then, conscionable earlier half-time, Tunisia keeper Bono managed to artifact Nikola Vlasic’s close-range chance.

Following the interval, some sides had an accidental to score, with Morocco feeling they could person earned a penalty. However, the referee waved distant protests that the shot deed Dejan Lovren’s arm.

Both defences yet proved excessively beardown and, with opportunities scarce, the crippled ended goalless.

For Morocco, this is simply a affirmative commencement to their World Cup run successful a competitory group. Meanwhile, Croatia whitethorn consciousness similar this is simply a missed accidental if they mean connected finishing apical of Group F.

Germany 1-2 Japan

After a drab opening to time four, the World Cup came live again with a stunning effect successful Doha. Germany, wide considered 1 of the main tourney protagonists, suffered decision to Japan.

To statesman with, it looked similar everything was going close for Germany. Consistent unit connected the Samurai Blue’s extremity culminated successful David Raum earning his broadside a penalty. Ilkay Gundogan took the responsibility, calmly despatching the spot-kick.

However, Japan showed their menace connected the counterattack; earlier the penalty, they had a speedy antagonistic extremity ruled retired for offside.

In the 2nd half, Die Mannschaft continued to marque chances. Serge Gnabry had 3 shots saved successful the abstraction of a minute, with Shuichi Gonda impressing successful Japan’s goal. Unfortunately for Hansi Flick’s side, these wasted opportunities were costly.

On 75 minutes, Japan’s substitutes helped them get an equaliser. Former Liverpool subordinate Takumi Minamino fizzed successful a cross, which Manuel Neuer could lone parry. Ritsu Doan past followed in, firing location to level the game.

Japan found themselves successful the pb conscionable 8 minutes later. A agelong shot dropped to substitute Takuma Asano, who bared down connected Neuer’s goal. As the space got tighter, Asano unleashed a rocket changeable that flew into the extortion of the net.

Germany could not get the breakthrough arsenic Japan held steadfast to assertion a memorable 2-1 win.

In opposition to Germany’s disappointing start, Spain ruthlessly opened their World Cup account.

Spain 7-0 Costa Rica

Luis Enrique’s broadside signalled their intent astatine the 2022 World Cup with a broad 7-0 triumph implicit Costa Rica.

The CONCACAF state looked good retired of spot successful what felt similar a grooming league for Spain. Costa Rica had conscionable 18% possession, whilst besides failing to registry a shot.

Within half an hour, La Furia Roja had the crippled wrapped up. Dani Olmo opened the scoring aft 10 minutes, earlier Marco Asensio turned location a Jordi Alba cross. Ferran Torres past added the 3rd from the punishment spot.

Spain’s one-way postulation continued aft the interval. Barca prima Torres added his 2nd of the game, squirming a changeable underneath the helpless Keylor Navas. Unfortunately, the Costa Rica keeper had to prime the shot retired of his nett a fewer much times yet.

Reigning Kopa Trophy victor past became the youngest World Cup scorer since Pele acknowledgment to a astute volley. This looked to person completed the scoring – but Spain added further insult to injury. Carlos Soler dispatched the sixth via a rebound earlier Alvaro Morata claimed a confidence-boosting seventh.

With the win, Spain took power of Group E aft Germany’s defeat. They volition inactive anticipation to debar decision to their European counterparts connected Sunday, though.

Belgium 1-0 Canada

Canada still could not interruption their World Cup scoring duck during a 1-0 defeat to Belgium to circular retired time four.

They adjacent had the cleanable accidental to get connected the scoresheet wrong the opening 10 minutes. The Maple Leaves won a penalty, but talisman Alphonso Davies failed to person it.

Towards the extremity of the archetypal half, Belgium made Canada wage for their missed chances. A long through shot from defence fell to Michy Batshuayi. Despite missing opportunities passim the game, the guardant was objective present arsenic helium blasted the shot home.

After falling behind, Canada tried everything to find an equaliser. Tajon Buchanan spurned a accidental implicit the bar, which truly summed up Canada’s prime of finishing.

The 2nd fractional saw much of the same. Richie Laryea slashed a changeable wide, portion Cyle Larin besides had a header saved. Ultimately, Canada could not bushed Thibaut Courtois, contempt taking a staggering 22 shots.

Belgium may not beryllium excessively happy, either. Although they took location 3 points, the Red Devils were fortunate to not concede against their energetic opponents.

Both Belgium and Canada volition look for improved performances successful their adjacent game, against Morocco and Croatia respectively.

Group E and F standings aft World Cup time four

Group E:

Spain: 3 points, +7 GD Japan: 3 points, +1 GD Germany: 0 points, -1 GD Costa Rica: 0 points, -7 GD

Group F

Belgium: 3 points, +1 GD Croatia: 1 point, 0 GD Morocco: 1 point, 0 GD Canada: 0 points, -1 GD

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