Four matches were played on the fourth day of the FIFA tournament Globalism The 2022 Cup will be held for the first time in Qatar. The World Cup continues to create surprises, with Japan being the latest to shatter expectations ahead of the tournament after a memorable display against powerhouse Germany.
Before that, the day began with Morocco holding off former tournament runners-up Croatia to a goalless draw, and later in the night, Spain produced a dominant performance to kick off their campaign. Belgium, another favorite for the tournament, also started their journey but with a massive win. But then, a win is a win. You get three full points and that’s what matters.
So two matches each from Groups E and F were played on Wednesday. Here’s a look at the updated points table from the groups.
Group points table e
In the first match of Group E on Wednesday, Japan faced four-time winners Germany. Then Ilkay Gundogan put them ahead in the first half by slotting home a penalty kick. With the competition heading towards the Germans, Ritsu breathes life into the contest when he brings Japan on even terms in the 75th minute. Eight minutes later, bedlam. Takuma Asano put Japan ahead and held on, producing a massive upset to start the campaign with a 2-1 win.
They briefly climbed to the top of the Group E points table before the former champions announced their arrival with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica later on and took top spot propelling Japan into second place. Ferran Torres scored two goals, while Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Javi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata scored one each.
Group F points table
Well, unlike the Group E craze, Group F was a dismal affair. However, credit goes to Morocco, who frustrated 2018 finalists Croatia to start their campaign with a draw. There were a few close chances but as the result shows, none of them were taken.
Belgium, ranked second in the world, were lucky to avoid facing Canada thanks to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saving an early penalty from Alphonso Davies.
Michy Batshuayi then found the net in the 44th minute with a left-footed shot. Canada edged out Belgium but a first half goal made the difference.
With this victory, Belgium gained four points and finished top of their group, ahead of Croatia and Morocco, who are in second and third place, respectively, by a point each.
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