The penultimate matchday of the third round of the group stage has the disqualification of the German team as its highlight
Germany And Belgiumtwo of the teams listed to have long trajectories in the Qatar World Cup, were eliminated from the World Cup this Thursday 1st December. On the other hand, on the day that defined the future of the teams in group E and F, Morocco And Japan they finish at the top of their group and confidently arrive in the round of 16 dispute.
In the midday matches (Brasilia time), valid for Group F, Croatia and Belgium drew 0-0 at the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium; and Morocco beat Canada 2-1 in Al Thumama. With the results, the Africans surprised and closed the first phase with 7 points, followed by the Croatians, with 5; Belgians, with 4; and Canada, who finished their second World Cup appearance with three defeats and no points added, in bottom place.
In the 16 o’clock matches, valid for group E, the positions in the table and the directions of each team in the Cup changed according to the goals scored. Germany, who beat Costa Rica 4-2 at Al Bayt Stadium, for example, were practically ranked because they won the match (1-0), and Japan lost to Spain (1-0 also ), at Khalifa International.
In the second half, however, the scenario changed. And, with Japan’s comeback over Spain (2-1), Germany was even eliminated on goal difference.
For a few minutes even Spain itself risked not qualifying. This happened when the Germans defeated Costa Rica (2-1), a result that would have taken the Japanese and Costa Ricans to the round of 16. But Germany turned the tables and helped Spain stay in second place in the group.
With the closure of two groups, new clashes have been defined for the round of 16: Japan x Croatia, Monday 5, at 12:00 (Brasilia time), and Morocco x Spain, Tuesday 6, at 12:00 pm.
Discover the results of Thursday 2 December
Croatia 0-0 Belgium
One of the sensations of the 2018 World Cup, Belgium was the protagonist this Thursday of one of the biggest disappointments of the World Cup in Qatar. Brazil’s executioner in Russia drew without goals with Croatia, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, in Al Rayyan, and said goodbye early, still in the group stage.
Morocco 2 x 1 Canada
Morocco makes history in this World Cup. In addition to the excellent performance on the pitch, the 2-1 victory over Canada, with all goals in the first half, qualifies the selection for the round of 16 for the first time since 1986 and guarantees the best season of an African nation in a stage of groups. Undefeated, he ends up with two wins, a draw, four goals scored and only one conceded. They are the second African team to qualify for the round of 16 in Qatar, after Senegal.
Japan 2 v 1 Spain
Against all odds, the Japan passed the enveloping touch of the ball Spain, was incisive in the attacks and beat the Europeans 2-1, at the Khalifa International Stadium. This Thursday’s duel was exciting and with many opportunities for both sides. A football that corresponded to the teams classified in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
Costa Rica 2 against 4 Germany
Spain’s help did not arrive against Japan and Germany were eliminated in the first phase for the second consecutive World Cup. Despite the 4-2 victory over Costa Rica, the many missed opportunities at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, with two balls on the crossbar, cost them dearly and the four-times world champion leaves Qatar on goal difference: 6 to 1 for the Spaniards, overtaken by the Japanese, first in group E. They had already disappointed in Russia in 2018, falling with a defeat against South Korea.
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