Qatar 2022 Daily WRAP: Croatia Eliminates Canada, Spain Draw Germany … (See Matchday 8 Details)

Costa Rica VS Japan 1-0
Costa Rica stunned Japan 1-0 thanks to a late goal at the World Cup on Sunday to blow Group E wide open and hand a potential lifeline to Germany.

Japan, who shocked four-time champions Germany 2-1 in their opener in Qatar, could have taken a giant stride towards the last 16 with a win.
Instead, they laboured for large parts of the match against a Costa Rica side who were hammered 7-0 by Spain, then defender Keysher Fuller scored in the 81st minute with a deflected strike.
It was Costa Rica’s first shot on target at this World Cup and could be of huge benefit to the Germans.
The result left Spain, Japan and Costa Rica all on three points. Spain faces Germany later Sunday in another crucial contest.

Morocco VS Belgium 2-0
Morroco has thrown up a huge upset by beating FIFA’s 2nd ranked footballing nation, Belgium, (men) at the World Cup.
Ranked 22nd, Morocco now has a chance to reach the World Cup knockout stage for the 1st time since 1986.

This is just Morocco’s third World Cup win ever, from 18 games (Portugal in 1986. Scotland in 1998)… and no question about it, this is their biggest.
Morocco now tops group F and has easily progressed into the round of 16.
This is the first time that Belgium has been defeated in the group stage in 14 games at the World Cup since a 0-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in 1994, while this loss against Morocco ends an eight-game win streak in the groups.

Canada vs Croatia 1-4
Croatia recorded a 4-1 win over Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium to eliminate the Maple Leafs from the World Cup.
Alphonso Davies initially put Canada ahead with the fastest goal of the tournament so far, but two Andrej Kramaric goals on either side of Marko Livaja and Lovro Majer efforts earned Croatia a deserved win.

The 2018 runners-up now sit top of Group F on goal difference ahead of Morocco, with Belgium one point adrift of the pair in third and Canada now out of the tournament with a game to spare.
For all their industry and creativity, Canada were poor in the final third against Belgium, putting the nation at risk of becoming just the second team in World Cup history to go their first five matches without scoring a goal.

Germany vs Spain 1-1
Germany came from behind to draw 1-1 with Spain in Sunday’s World Cup contest, which has kept their last-16 hopes alive ahead of their final match in Group E.

Alvaro Morata sent Spain ahead in the 62nd minute of the contest, but Germany were level in the 83rd minute through fellow substitute Niclas Fullkrug, with the points being shared in the high-profile affair.

The result has left Spain top of Group E on four points ahead of their last game against second-placed Japan on Thursday, while Germany are bottom on one point ahead of their final match with Costa Rica.

Hansi Flick’s side need to overcome Costa Rica and hope that Spain beat Japan in order to advance to the knockout round of the competition, while La Roja need just a point to advance to the next stage.

Spain is currently looking for their second World Cup title While Germany has been crowned world champions a record four times.