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Japan vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights: JPN defeat ESP but both teams qualify for RO16, GER and CRC eliminated

World Cup 2022 Highlights, Japan vs Spain: Spain and Germany both had three points in the group. But Spain had a superior goal difference from its first group match so Germany was eliminated.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: December 2, 2022 03:13 IST
Japan players celebrate after the World Cup group E soccer match between Japan and Spain, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Japan won 2-1. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Japan vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights: After beating Germany 2-1 in its opener, Japan found its way into the round of 16 of the World Cup by defeating Spain by the same score in its last group game Thursday. Spain also advanced despite the loss. Japan scored twice early in the second half to come from behind and defeat another European powerhouse and make it to the knockout stage for the second straight time. It was the first time Japan has advanced past the group stage in back-to-back tournaments.

Ao Tanaka scored the winning goal from close range early in the second half. It took about two minutes for video review officials to confirm the ball hadn’t gone out of bounds before the goal that gave Japan the win at Khalifa International Stadium, which is where Japan had shocked Germany in its opener. Japan finished at the top of Group E to set up a last-16 matchup against Croatia. Spain finished second and will take on Morocco. Spain and Germany — which beat Costa Rica 4-2 — both had three points in the group. But Spain had a superior goal difference from its first group match so Germany was eliminated.

A 0-0 draw at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium ended Belgium’s run at the World Cup as they ended the group stage with four points behind Croatia (six) and Morocco (seven). Romelu Lukaku missed multiple open goal chances in the six yard box that came back to haunt Belgium’s golden generation. In the other Round three group stage match, Morocco beat Canada 2-1 to finish the group on the first spot, following up on a 0-0 draw against Croatia and a 2-0 win against Belgium.

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Highlights: Follow Japan vs Spain Group E match highlights below

02:40 (IST)02 Dec 2022
JPN vs ESP: Possession is overrated
02:28 (IST)02 Dec 2022
Japan win!!!

And it's all over. Japan hold on and both of them go to the Round of 16. Spain could not return the favour to Germany and the 2014 World Champions are out for the second time in back to back World Cup tournaments 

02:24 (IST)02 Dec 2022
Enrique and Flick

On his Twitch stream, Spain's coach Luis Enrique talked about his date with Germany's coach Hansi Flick for the day after the world cup final. "“Hansi Flick and I have arranged to meet as if we were a couple. Half-joking, half-serious, we have pencilled in Dec. 18. Being in the same group, it means we can't meet until then. I hope it happens. Flick is a coach I like a lot. He won a lot of trophies with Bayern, but beyond that, he's warm and very respectful. Germany are capable of going all the way.”     Now, if that date were to happen, his team has to score one goal in the next one minute! ButJapan, the Manga-loving football team, didn't yield. They top Group B and shove out Germany out of the world cup

02:21 (IST)02 Dec 2022
90+4: Drama, drama and more drama

Spain are passing and passing but havenm't really troubled the Japanese goal. Japan are close to going through and if Spain score, they'll be going home. What drama!!!

ESP 1-2 JPN

02:18 (IST)02 Dec 2022
90': 7 added mins

7 minutes added time. Germany will be desperate for Spain to score!! If they do, both heavyweights will go through to the next round.

ESP 1-2 JPN

02:17 (IST)02 Dec 2022
88': Spain spurn chances

Almost a goal for Spain as an Asensio curler was saved by the Japanese goalie and cleared by the defender. Olmo triesw next and itt's staright at the goalkeeper again!!!

ESP 1-2 JPN

02:13 (IST)02 Dec 2022
85': GER have scored in the other match, they lead

Germany have just scored in the CRC match. Now they'll look to Spain to at least equalize!!! Both have 4 points now. But ESP lead on GD.

ESP 1-2 JPN

02:09 (IST)02 Dec 2022
82': ESP can't find a way through

Spain trying to build and build with small passes. Asensio gets a bit of room and plays in Fati who tries a cross but the ball is out for a goal kick.

ESP 1-2 JPN

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02:05 (IST)02 Dec 2022
77': Spain build again

Rodri surges ahaed but thought better than shooting. Plays a pass wide. Alba puts the ball in the middle and Japan clear it out!! Spain will have to build again.

ESP 1-2 JPN

02:01 (IST)02 Dec 2022
73': Germany do Spain a favour

And Germany have equalized in the other match and the group table shifts again!!! Spain are second again!! It's all happening now. A ball is lofted by Spain into the JPN box but it is cleared away.

ESP 1-2 JPN

01:58 (IST)02 Dec 2022
70': Spain and Germany in trouble

Huge chance for Japan and they have sqaundered it. In the other match, Costa Rica have scored again and lead Germany!!! As things stand, if Spain do not win this one, they are going out along with Germany.

ESP 1-2 JPN

01:56 (IST)02 Dec 2022
67': Subs for both sides

Spain are desperate for an equalizer as they bring on Alba and Fati. Tomiyasu comes in for Japan. An offensive change countered by a defensive one.

ESP 1-2 JPN

01:52 (IST)02 Dec 2022
63': ESP look for equalizer

It's all Japan at the moment, finding spaces everywhere as Spain press on for the equalizer. Remember if CRC win against Germany, they'll leapfrog Spain with 6 points.

ESP 1-2 JPN

01:49 (IST)02 Dec 2022
60': More trouble for GER

We are hearing that Germany have conceded to Costa Rica. Now CRC and ESP are on level terms in case of points but Spain just edges them out through GD.

Meanwhile, in the match, Ferran Torres and Asensio replaces Morata and Williams.

01:45 (IST)02 Dec 2022
ICYMI: The two Japanese goals
01:41 (IST)02 Dec 2022
All going down the wire

Japan are top of the pool now, Spain ahead of Germany on goal difference. Time to get calculators out

01:40 (IST)02 Dec 2022
50': Another goal by JPN!!!

And that's another one in!!! Tanaka thought he had scored and was wheeling away in celebration. VAR now checking if the ball had remained in play. It's still being checked. And it stands!!! Japan are 2 goals to the good now.

ESP 1-2 JPN

01:36 (IST)02 Dec 2022
48': Super sub at it again 

Japan's coach has been under scrutiny for his team selections. After his subs worked wonders in the second half against Germany, they were left on bench vs Costa Rica. While he left his key players out once again, coach Moriyasu got his subs spot on once again with Ritsu Doan find the back of the net almost immediately after coming on, just like he did vs Germany.

ESP 1-1 JPN

01:33 (IST)02 Dec 2022
45': 2nd half starts

We are back for the second half. Japan kicks us off. Let's see if anything changes or if it remains the same. As of now, Spain and Germany are going through but 45 mins is a very long time.

ESP 1-0 JPN

01:23 (IST)02 Dec 2022
Spain dominant

Despite finishing level on points, here’s why Poland qualified for World Cup Round of 16 ahead of Mexico

When the referee blew the final whistle in the game between Poland and Argentina, the Polish players were still unsure if they were qualifying or not, given the Mexico-Saudi Arabia game was ongoing. At one stage, Poland and Mexico were only separated by the number of yellow cards they had collected in the group stage — Poland had five compared to Mexico’s seven — and coach Michniewicz was desperately urging his team to not give away fouls in the final minutes.

A stoppage-time goal by Saudi Arabia meant their match finished 2-1 in favor of Mexico at Lusail Stadium, whose goal difference was inferior by one to Poland.

Hence, Poland, despite losing to Argentina, ended up as the happier side on the night because the team went through as the group’s second-place team — on goal difference ahead of Mexico.

According to the governing body’s guidelines for the World Cup, there are various criteria to determine which team will progress into the knockout rounds.

1. Points: The first way is the team with the highest number of points. Each nation gets three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a defeat. In the event of two or more teams end the group stage with the same points, then the authorities will look at the second rule, which is the goal difference.

2. Goal difference: If the teams are level on points, the one with a superior goal difference – the total of goals scored minus goals conceded – will go through. The last team to face the consequences was Portugal in 2014 when they finished behind the US for second place in their group. If nothing separates the teams after rules 1 and 2, the third criterion will be looked at.

3. Goals scored: This rule was most famously enforced in 1982, when Italy and Cameroon were locked on points and goal difference, but the European side advanced because they had scored one more goal. Italy went on to win that World Cup. Another memorable instance was in 1994, when Mexico, Ireland, Italy and Norway finished with the same number of points (4 each) and goal difference (0). Mexico won that group because they scored more goals (3) than the rest.

4. Head-to-head: If the teams are tied after the first three rules, the next step will be to look at the points total in the head-to-head matches between the teams involved. Three things are looked at here (in this order): points won in head-to-head matches, goal difference and goals scored. The team with a superior record will advance.

5. Fair play record: If the teams still can’t be separated, then the fair play record is looked at. Each team is given a ‘conduct score’, wherein a point is deducted for each yellow card they receive, two points for a red card received after two bookings and four points for a straight red. The team with a lower score progresses into the knockout round. At the 2018 World Cup, Japan edged out Senegal based on this rule. The two teams could not be separated on any of the above criteria. Japan’s fair play score of -4 was better than Senegal’s, who tallied -6.

Belgium’s golden generation, Germany’s gen next seek to avoid humiliation

When journeyman Niklas Fullkrug came on to score a decisive equaliser against Spain to earn them a 1-1 draw on Sunday, German football fans all over the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. His goal was not an act of heroism. He simply kept them in the running to avoid another humiliating World Cup elimination. A must win match awaits them against Costa Rica on Thursday, as it does Belgium’s ‘golden generaton’ against Croatia. Roberto Martinez’s side have had a terrible World Cup, failing to create much in their opening two games, their star man calling them “too old” to win the tournament, reports of a dressing room bust up emerging, and crashing 2-0 to Morocco. A win, and only a win, will be enough for them. (READ)

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First published on: 01-12-2022 at 18:44 IST
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