World Cup Daily: Japan shake up Group E with comeback win against Germany

Wednesday’s World Cup slate got off to a slow start but bounced back strongly with Japan’s comeback victory over Germany followed by Spain’s record-breaking 7-0 win over Costa Rica.

Here’s everything that happened today at the World Cup.

Morocco 0, Croatia 0

Morocco and Croatia put up a clinic of defense on Wednesday, but unfortunately that meant yet another goalless draw. At the 2018 World Cup, there was only one goalless draw during the tournament. There have already been three this year.

Where Morocco and Croatia finish in the group ultimately depends on their results against Croatia. Belgium, but neither team can afford to take Canada lightly either. The competition in group F is tight.

Japan 2, Germany 1

It wasn’t Argentina-Saudi Arabia’s disappointment, but Japan’s comeback win against Germany was doubly dramatic compared to Monday’s match. After 75 minutes behind, Japan got two late goals from their substitutes Ritsu Don and Takuma Asano. Japan’s place in the knockout stages is far from established – they still face hungry Spain – but it was an incredible result nonetheless.

For Germany, Wednesday marked a third successive defeat in the opening match of a major tournament and, unlike Argentina, The Mannschaft it is not the team with the highest points in its group: that title belongs to Spain.

Spain 7, Costa Rica 0

Spain set a record for most goals in a World Cup match in their 7-0 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday. More importantly, he was able to get three points and shoot to the top of group E on goal differential. If not, it’s safe to assume that Spain would win that tiebreaker.

Belgium 1, Canada 0

Canada had every chance to take the wind off Belgium’s sail, but converted none of their 22 shots on target. Belgium, on the other hand, converted one of its nine attempts and finished with a lower xG (0.76) than Canada (2.61). In a tournament full of upsets, Wednesday one was not in the cards for Canada. Perhaps that will come against Croatia on Sunday (11am ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app).

GOAL OF THE DAY

Doan deserves all the praise he’s getting for his winning goal against Germany, not just for what it meant to Japan, but also for the impossibility of the corner. Seriously, how did that heist go?

ASSIST OF THE DAY

Toby Alderweireld’s perfectly placed long ball to Michy Batshuayi broke the tie between Belgium and Canada and earned the Red Devils three points in their opening game of the World Cup. Who said central defenders can’t be playmakers?

Belgian Michy Batshuayi scores goal against Canada in 44′

Watch Belgian Michy Batshuayi’s goal against Canada in the 44th minute of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

RESCUE OF THE DAY

Thibaut Courtois showed why he is regarded as the greatest goalkeeper in the world against Canada. With Belgium in danger of losing 1-0 after handball in the box, Courtois came up with a great save from Alphonso Davies.

Thibaut Courtois saves Belgium by blocking a penalty kick attempt

Thibaut Courtois saves Belgium by blocking a penalty kick attempt

Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois makes an incredible penalty save after Canada equalized a handball in the box during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

There are those who will argue that Courtois should have saved another penalty in the first half, and they may be right, but he actually saved the only one he needed to get Belgium the win.

MUST SEE MOMENT

Before Canada and Belgium kicked off, FOX Sports analyst Stu Holden warmed up Alphonso Davies on set.

Unfortunately for Canada, Holden is US bound (and retired).

Swiss vs. Cameroon, 5 a.m. ET on FS1

If we assume Brazil will run away with first place in Group G – which seems silly given the amount of upset in the tournament so far – then Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia are all in the running to finish runners-up. Switzerland versus Cameroon is the first leg of that race.

Uruguay vs. South Korea, 8 a.m. ET on FS1

Uruguay may not be as star-rich as Portugal, but has tons of quality in his roster and can easily finish top of the pack, especially with all the noise surrounding Portugal at the moment. But first he has to go through Son Heung-min and South Korea.

Portugal vs. Ghana, 11am ET on FOX

After a disastrous start to the Premier League season with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has the opportunity to right things with a strong comeback performance on the World Cup stage – anything less would be seen as a failure for one of the greatest players of this generation .

Brazil vs. Serbia, 2 p.m. ET on FOX

Brazil saw their rivals Argentina lose to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. He is hoping to avoid the same fate against a much tougher Serbia led by striker duo Aleksandar Mitrović and Dušan Vlahović. Either way, it should be fun.

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