FIFA World Cup: Day 4 Wrap

Day four of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has delivered yet another shock, with Japan coming from behind to beat former winners Germany 2-1.

Germany, parading names such as Jamal Musiala, Joshuah Kimmich and Kai Havertz  led at half-time, but goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano turned the game on its head.

Ilkay Gundogan gave Germany the lead on the half hour mark before the Samurai Blue fought back and levelled on 75 minutes when Ritsu Doan poked the ball home from close range.

Jubilant Japan’s Blue Samurai

They then turned the game on its head when Takuma Asano beat the offside trap before coolly slotting past Manuel Neuer at his near post.

Elsewhere Croatia who were runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, were held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco in their Group F opener in Wednesday’s opening match.

The World Cup has already seen plenty of shocks, with Argentina and Germany both falling to surprise defeats.

Spanish team

However there was no such drama for Spain’s first match, as Luis Enrique’s team romped to a 7-0 win over Costa Rica.

Ferran Torres scored a brace with Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata all scoring as well.

It was Spain’s biggest ever World Cup victory which sent them top of Group E ahead of their meeting with Germany on Sunday.

Michy Batshuayi

In the last match of the day, a first half goal from Michy Batshuayi handed Belgium a hard-fought 1-0 win over Canada in their tournament opener.

The result means the Red Devils move top of Group F with Croatia and Morocco both tied on one point – following their 0-0 draw earlier on Wednesday.

Another four fantastic fixtures are on the horizon as day 5 matchups swing into action on Thursday 24 November.

Switzerland open their account against Cameroon in the day’s early kick-off, followed by Uruguay vs South Korea at the Education City Stadium.

It’s then time for Cristiano Ronaldo to show Manchester United what they could be missing against Ghana while tournament favourites Brazil round things off on with a tricky showdown against Serbia, who fancy themselves to cause a big upset.

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