Canada plays it the first men’s World Cup match in 36 years highlighting the action of Day 4.
Four-time champions Germany were beaten by Japan after Croatia and Morocco played out a goalless draw. Spain then dominated Costa Rica before Canada and Belgium closed out the day’s matches.
Start times for all matches are listed further below.
Tuesday is shown It can be said that Biggest surprise in World Cup history when Saudi Arabia beat Argentina’s Lionel Messi 2-1. The other results were fairly routine with Denmark versus Tunisia and Poland versus Mexico both resulting in goalless draws. France beat Australia 4-1 in the last game of the day.
Here’s everything you need to know about Day 4 in Qatar:
SPAIN VS. COSTA RICA
Spain looked to build on their Euro 2020 semi-finals and dominated the pitch against Costa Rica to win 7-0.
Immediately after kickoff, the match was all Spanish, with the country’s smooth ball movement crushing Costa Rica with ease.
Goals from Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio plus a penalty from Ferran Torres put Spain 3-0 up at half-time.
It was a mountain to climb for Costa Rica and despite several World Cup shocks, neither player was able to register a shot the entire game.
Second-half goals from Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata completed the winning streak.
GERMANY VS. JAPAN
Japan pulled off a brilliant second-half comeback to beat Germany 2-1 in Group E.
Germany were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan penalty after David Raum was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.
It could have been nearly 2-0 but Kai Havertz was inches offside on a tap-in just before halftime.
Although Germany dominated possession with 74 percent possession and 26 shots to Japan’s 12, Japan quickly counterattacked and equalized in the 75th minute through substitute Ritsu Doan.
In the 83rd minute, Takuma Asano caught the German defense off guard by beating their offside trap with a free kick from inside Japan’s own half before firing powerfully past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s near post.
before the match, German players covered their mouths for the team photo in protest against FIFA’s decision to refuse to wear the “One Love” armband in support of diversity and inclusion.
CROATIA VS. MOROCCO
Both sides struggled to create chances in the final third and shared a 0-0 draw as a result.
Teams get one point for a draw compared to three points for a win, so this is good news for the other two teams in Group F, Canada and Belgium.
French starting left-back Lucas Hernandez has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament and likely the rest of the club’s season after rupturing the ACL in his right knee. The defending champions have already lost Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku through injury.
Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is expected to miss the team’s next match against Qatar with a right hamstring injury. Defender Abdou Diallo was substituted against the Netherlands with a muscle cramp but is expected to be fit.
England captain Harry Kane will undergo a scan after injuring his right ankle in the Three Lions’ first game against Iran.
Morocco left-back Noussair Mazraoui, who impressed during an hour on the pitch, was substituted through injury against Croatia and his status must be monitored.
Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Alshahrani was hospitalized with facial injuries after colliding with goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais during the 2-1 win over Argentina.
Here are the start times for all of today’s remaining matches. Note that CTV/TSN will be three hours long Canadian-Belgian preview match starts at 11
Canada vs. Belgium at 13:45 on CTV/TSN.
All times listed are Eastern Standard.
With files from the Associated Press.
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