The FIFA World Cup 2022 continued Thursday on FOX with all eyes on Group E as Japan (2-0-1) handed Spain (1-1-1) its first loss of the tournament at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar.
Japan advanced to the round of 16 with the win, and Japan won their group for the first time since 2002.
Elsewhere on FS1, Germany (1-1-1) defeated Costa Rica (1-0-2) in the final Group E match of the tournament.
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Japan 2, Spain 1
8′: What could have been
Japan was so close to get on the board first, but Junya Ito’s first attempt missed just wide.
Minutes later, Álvaro Morata’s header gave Spain an early lead, 1-0.
Both teams continued to battle as the first half wound down, but Spain continued to control the game.
Japan’s Ko Itakura, Shogo Taniguchi and Maya Yoshida received yellow cards before the break.
48′: Goal up
Ritsu Doan came out strong for Japan, evening things out just minutes into the second half.
51′: Japan takes over
Minutes later, Ao Tanaka put Japan ahead, 2-1, which was upheld after a VAR review.
89′: Final push
Spain had a great chance in the dying minutes to tie the game, but their efforts fell short.
Thus, Japan achieved an impressive victory, 2-1.
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