Japan defeats mighty Germany, Spain keeps Costa Rica, Morocco and Croatia clean, Belgium beats Canada.
Japan delivered a resounding victory over Germany on Day 4 of the World Cup in an upset that nearly matched Saudi Arabia’s sensational victory over favorites Argentina on Day 3 of the tournament.
Wednesday’s game ended in a 2-1 win for Japan over mighty Germany, a country whose teams have won a whopping four times.
Many must be wondering what other phenomenal surprises the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has in store as games head towards the finals.
In the other games of day four, Spain gave Costa Rica a lesson in world-class football, beating Los Ticos 7-0, while Morocco and Croatia finished goalless in what some saw as lackluster performances, and Belgium beat Canada in one thrilling sporting encounter.
Here is a quick guide summarizing everything you need to know from Day 4 – Wednesday 23rd November 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.
Morocco vs Croatia
Morocco and Croatia got underway at 13:00 local time (10:00 GMT) at Al Bayt Stadium in what quickly proved to be an uneventful, albeit highly intense, match.
Croatia got off to a frustrating start and their chances of scoring were slim as the Atlas Lions held the Croatian side for most of the game but then failed to break through in Wednesday’s goalless draw.
Croatia’s best moments predictably depended on Luka Modric, who had a free hand and soared effortlessly across the pitch, although football’s traditional midfield roles seemingly didn’t apply to the Croatian captain.
Morocco took inspiration from Hakim Ziyech as the Chelsea winger was the most dangerous attacker in the early stages. Despite his hard work, the end product was no goals.
While the encounter lacked action, it was at least very intense as both sides battled for dominance in midfield to the delight of vociferous Atlas Lions supporters. Despite the draw, Moroccan fans were in good spirits after the game.
“I really wanted to win,” Morocco fan Mohammaed El Yamiq, 42, from Mohammadiya near Casablanca, told Al Jazeera.
“It was a very boring game… but that’s enough for now. It’s a good boost for us when we play with others in the group,” he said.
Croatia’s Modric said after the game it was “a tough game, especially in the first 15 minutes”, adding that his side did better in the second half.
Croatia will now turn their attention to Sunday’s game against Canada when Morocco take on Belgium.
Germany vs Japan
Germany vs Japan kicked off at 16:00 (13:00 GMT) at the Khalifa International Stadium and few could have anticipated what was about to unfold.
Japan caused the second earthquake at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar when they scored an impressive 2-1 win over the Germans.
Similar to Argentina in the surprising 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after a goal, Germany took the lead after a penalty by Ilkay Gündogan.
Several German chances were then missed and a poor defense helped the Japanese regain their composure and come back roaring.