In the Group E match, Japan vs Spain ended 2-1. After leading 0-1 at halftime due to an Alvaro Morata goal, Japan looked very different in the second half.
The second half had lasted only four minutes, Japan immediately managed to equalize thanks to Ritsu Doan’s goal. Japan then took the lead in the 51st minute thanks to Ao Tanaka’s goal.
It was this positive result that allowed Japan to qualify for the last 16 as a giant destroyer team. Previously, Japan had managed to beat Germany by the same score, namely 2-1.
In other matches, Germany also won spectacularly with a score of 4-2. Germany managed to score 4 goals each thanks to 1 goal from Serge Gnabry, 2 goals from Kai Havertz and 1 goal from Niclas Fullkrug.
However, Germany’s victory was meaningless as they still lost on goal difference to Spain. Germany was also knocked out of the 2022 World Cup.
This is a bad record for Germany, as they have been knocked out of the preliminary round twice in a row. At the 2018 World Cup, Germany were also eliminated in the preliminary round after being beaten by Asian representatives, South Korea, coached by Shin Tae-yong.
In the Group F match, Croatia vs Belgium only ended 0-0. The match which took place at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Qatar at 22:00 WIB on Thursday (1/12/2022) excluded Belgium from the 2022 World Cup.
Meanwhile, the Canada vs Morocco game which took place at Al Thumama Stadium, Thursday (1/12/2022) at 22:00 WIB ended 2-1 for the victory of the Atlas Lions .
Morocco’s goals were scored by Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri. Meanwhile, Canada’s goal was scored by Nayef Aguerd’s own goal.
2022 World Cup Group E final standings
Japan’s victory over Spain saw Samurai Blue qualify in spectacular fashion for the knockout stages. Japan have 6 points as the leader of the standings, earning results against giants Germany and Spain, and losing to Costa Rica 1-0.
Spain won the second position with 4 points. Spain have the same points as Germany, but Spain are superior on goal difference, where Spain scored 9 goals and conceded 3 goals for a difference of 6. Meanwhile, Germany have scored 6 goals and conceded 5 goals at a difference of 1.
The number of goals created by Spain was reached when Spain beat Costa Rica with a score of 7-0.
In this way, Germany was excluded from the 2022 World Cup along with Costa Rica, who are at the bottom of the standings with 3 points.
2022 World Cup Group F final standings
Morocco’s win against Canada saw Morocco qualify convincingly for the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup and win the group. Morocco are undefeated with 7 points in two wins against Belgium and Canada, and a draw against Croatia.
The second position is occupied by Croatia, which collected 5 points in two draws against Morocco and Belgium, and a victory against Canada.
This makes Croatia’s position superior to Belgium who sit in third place with 4 points in a win against Canada and a draw against Croatia.
Canada had to settle for being bottom of the Group F standings without even gaining 1 point, the result of three straight losses.
Next program Japan, Spain, Morocco and Croatia:
Group E winners Japan will face Group F runners-up Croatia.
– Japan vs Croatia, Monday (05/12/2022) at the Al Janoub stadium.
Morocco, winner of group F, will face the second in the classification of group E, namely Spain.
– Morocco vs Spain, Tuesday (06/12/2022) at the Stade de la Cité de l’Éducation.
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