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FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights: Germany’s fight for survival against Spain

FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 8 Highlights, November 27: Germany face Spain in must win match in the featured contest of the day.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: November 27, 2022 16:38 IST
A general view ahead of the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

World Cup 2022 Highlights: After the shock defeat to Japan in their last match, Germany will take on Spain in a fight for survival in the last match of the day

In the Japan match, late goals by substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano gave Japan the incredible victory. Four-times champions Germany had looked to be cruising to a routine victory via Ilkay Guendogan’s first-half penalty but paid a fatal price for profligacy in front of goal. Now Germany need to get a positive result against a marauding Spanish team in order to avoid back to back Group Stage exits

But before that, Japan will take on Costa Rica while Belgium lock horns with Morocco. In the penultimate match of the day, Croatia and Canada will clash

Follow Highlights from Day 8 below.

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Qatar World Cup 2022: Japan face Costa Rica, Belgium clash against Morocco, Croatia to play Canada and Germany to close the day against Spain.

16:18 (IST)27 Nov 2022
Onto the day's games!

Right then, to stay tuned to all the four games from Group E and F on Sunday, click here. 

16:03 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Underway at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium!
15:34 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Preparation underway!
15:28 (IST)27 Nov 2022
Fans all ready!
15:00 (IST)27 Nov 2022
Argentina's magical moment!
14:27 (IST)27 Nov 2022
"We had to win"
14:15 (IST)27 Nov 2022
All of Argentina’s matches are finals now: Messi

“We can’t let our guard down now,” Lionel Messi told reporters after their win over Mexico. said. “All of our matches are finals now. We can’t mess up,” he added. “We lived with discomfort and kept the defeat in the opening match in our minds,” PSG forward added. Messi further added “The days were very long,” after the 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia. [Read More]


13:36 (IST)27 Nov 2022
Canada-Croatia controversy:

What’s the issue? What did the Canadian coach say?

On an on-field interview, Canada’s coach John Herdman said, “I told them they belong here. And we're going to go and eff Croatia," the coach said with a smile, using a single letter  F to avoid a televised profanity. "That's as simple as it gets.” It didn’t stay that simple, though. (Read More)

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13:20 (IST)27 Nov 2022
What was Canadian astronaut Hadfield doing in Canada’s football dressing room ahead of world cup games?

Canadian fans were puzzled to see the astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space and a musician, wear a Canadian team jacket and sing ‘O Canada” before the kick-off against Belgium. It was the coach John Herdman’s idea to invite the astronaut to the Canadian camp for extra motivation. Herdman met Hadfield in 2013 during a speaking convention. (Read More)

12:57 (IST)27 Nov 2022
Martinez says how he and Argentina effected turnaround against Mexico

The Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Dibu Martinez, who plays for Aston Villa, has talked about a psychologist helped him to turn around after the brutal loss to Saudi Arabia.

“I left the first game with the feeling that I should have done something more to avoid defeat, that there were 45 million Argentines behind me and I didn’t give enough,” Dibu Martinez told reporters after the win against Mexico. (Read More)

12:23 (IST)27 Nov 2022
Watch Argentina's celebration after their win

With one of the most important goals of his career, Messi led Argentina to a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Saturday to ignite his team’s World Cup chances. Following the win, the Argentina team celebrated inside the dressing room, with Messi joining the celebration with his teammates. (Read More)

12:11 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Neymar shows swollen ankle, plans to return at World Cup

Neymar is planning a World Cup comeback despite posting a photo of his ankle still looking very swollen.

Neymar is undergoing treatment for damaged ligaments in his right ankle after getting hurt in Brazil’s 2-0 opening win over Serbia on Thursday.(read more)

11:54 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Germany's collection
11:41 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: In the first World Cup after Maradona’s death, his teammates and fans feel the void while celebrating his legacy in Doha

Under the inky sky on Friday night, a wave of white and blue spilled onto the CONMEBOL fan zone in Central Doha’s Msheireb, wearing and waving Argentina’s most famous No.10 jersey. The name printed above the No.10 did not belong to its incumbent Lionel Messi but that of his luminous predecessor Diego Maradona, whose second death anniversary was both celebrated and mourned in Doha.

From his former teammates like Jorge Burruchaga, Ricardo Giusti, Sergio Batista, Claudio Borghi, Carlos Tapia and Jorge Valdano to thousands of Argentina fans, from the country and outside, poured into the fan zone to pay him teary tributes.(read more)

11:31 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Germany face ‘final’ against Spain, out to protect reputation-Flick

Germany goes into their second World Cup Group E game against Spain on Sunday knowing it is like a final, Germany coach Hansi Flick said on Saturday, with his team facing possible elimination if they are defeated again.

Asked whether the four-time world champions were still the mighty tournament team of the past as they face the prospect of a second early World Cup exit, he said the game on Sunday would determine their reputation.(read more)

11:21 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Right up with the legends
11:16 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Lewandowski off the mark as Poland close in on last 16

Poland bolstered their chances on Saturday of reaching the World Cup’s last 16 for the first time since 1986 after goals from Piotr Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski killed Saudi Arabia’s efforts to advance a game early.

Zielinski scored after 39 minutes against the run of play and Lewandowski put the match beyond Saudi Arabia eight minutes from time, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s stunning double save from a penalty in first-half stoppage time kept Poland in the match against a Saudi side that was always on the attack.(read more)

11:04 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Piotr Zielinski: Poland’s goalscorer who loves to assist on and off the field

Growing up, Piotr Zielinski hated the fact that he had to share his room with strangers. He will put on paper notes on the furniture: “my wardrobe”, “my desk”. He would even write his name on the toys so people would know they were his.

The Zielinskis used to help children from difficult backgrounds. For 13 years, they looked after children in their own home in Zabkowice Slaskie, 40 miles south of Wroclaw in southwest Poland. Eventually, the young Zielinski made friends with those he had to share his personal space with.(read more)

10:56 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: "Messiah"
10:51 (IST)27 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup live updates: Argentina vs Mexico: Enzo thrives in Messi’s shadow with a wonder goal

Enzo Fernandes has been coached by Hernan Crespo at Defensa y Justicia, was given the iconic No 13 jersey of Eusebio at Benfica and last night scored the second goal for Argentina in their 2-0 win over Mexico at the Lusail Stadium – all while being 21 years old.

If Lionel Messi’s goal released a pressure cooker of tension that had slowly simmered itself up to tipping point at the 80,000-seater stadium, Fernandes’ strike calmed the Argentines down. At a goal up, the Mexicans were dangerous, but the situation they were in, even more so. A defeat would mean Argentina would join hosts Qatar in making an early, early exit from the tournament. A draw would leave them at the mercy of others. A win would have to be conjured – the magician at hand had already done his bit. (read more)

Rock-star Kylian Mbappe powers defending champions France into Last 16 with double strike

France's Kylian Mbappe (10) celebrates with teammates beating Denmark 2-1 in a World Cup group D soccer match at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

At half time, the DJ at the 974 Stadium changed his tracks from soft rock to heavy metal. The stadium suddenly reverberated with Iron Maiden’s Trooper and Judas Priest’s Breaking The Law. Kylian Mbappe, the sweat on his face glistening in the bright floodlights, swung his hands, flexed his biceps and urged the crowd to sing along. The DJ increased the volume and the stadium was transformed to the raucous setting of a heavy metal band concert, with fans head-banging and jumping from their seats, triggering anxious faces from the security-men prowling the gallery.

The match had, in the goalless first half, flowed along more like a soft rock song. It was soon to acquire a heavy metal dimension, with Mbappe pulling the chords in one of his most electrifying World Cup performances. His brace made the decisive difference in France’s round-of-16 assuring 2-1 victory of a resilient Denmark who could commiserate believing that they were denied a point by a footballer vaulting into sporting immortality with every passing game. (READ MORE)

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First published on: 27-11-2022 at 09:00 IST
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