Japan vs Spain Highlights – Group E, FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan pulled off historic World Cup upset and reached the Round of 16 with 2-1 win over Spain in Group E, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Read the highlights of Japan vs Spain in detail.
Japan vs Spain Highlights | FIFA World Cup 2022
Japan came from behind to defeat a European soccer power, as second-half goals from Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka beat Spain and knocked Germany out of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
The Japanese won Group E and will face Group F runners-up Croatia in Round 16, while La Roja will play Morocco in the first knockout stage.
However, there was some doubt about Japan’s 2nd Goal, with replays showing Kaoru Mitoma taking the ball over the byline before passing it back for Tanaka to tap home.
The Goal has surprisingly awarded after a lengthy referral, and a dejected Spain could not find an equalizer.
After Alvaro Morata headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross for his third goal in three group games, La Roja was in cruise control at the break.
However, two minutes after coming on, half-time substitute Doan seized on a loose pass from Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon. They drilled home the equalizer before Tanaka’s close-range strike earned Japan another stunning win after upsetting Germany in their opener.
Japan vs Spain | Players Rating | FIFA World Cup 2022
Gonda (7), Itakura (5), Yoshida (6), Taniguchi (6), Ito (6), Tanaka (6), Morita (6), Nagatomo (4), Kamada (5), Kubo (5), Maeda (6)
Doan (8), Mitoma (7), Asano (7), Tomiyasu (7), Endo (N/A)
Simon (4), Azpilicueta (6), Rodri (5), Pau Torres (6), Balde (6), Busquets (4), Gavi (5), Pedri (5), Williams (5), Olmo (6), Morata (6)
Carvajal (5), Torres (5), Asensio (6), Fati (6), Alba (5)
Japan – Spain | Match Report | FIFA World Cup 2022
Busquets is overjoyed! The Barcelona midfielder gives it all on the edge of his box. Kubo chips the ball into the box & eventually finds Ito on the right flank, but he hits the side netting. Japan has again demonstrated that it will capitalize on any errors made by Spain.
Morata has three goals in three games! Morata scores his 30th Goal for Spain. He takes a position between the two center-backs and nods Azpilicueta’s cross into the bottom corner. Spain is on top!
This is a piledriver! Doan unleashes a vicious strike from outside the box, and Simon can only bat it into the top corner! Japan has appeared out of nowhere!
Tanaka uses his knee to prod the ball into the net at close range, and Japan appears to take the lead, but the referee rules it out because Doan’s cross was not kept in by Mitoma on the byline. However, the Goal Continues to be amazing!
The Japanese goalkeeper parries Asensio’s left-footed curling shot! Spain executes another move that results in Olmo shooting at the near post, but it lacks power, and the goalkeeper clutches it to his chest!
Japan vs Spain | Goals | FIFA World Cup 2022
★ Spain – Alvaro Morata (11th min)
★ Japan – Ritsu Doan (48th min)
★ Japan – Ao Tanaka (53rd min)
Japan vs Spain | How Japan Stunned Spain
Before the second half’s drama, Spain had a completely calm first half, with Morata’s impressive header from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross putting them in total control.
Morata had two other chances: a Nico Williams cutback and a Dani Olmo cross. Still, the one-goal margin appeared adequate, given Spain’s complete dominance of possession.
What happened next, however, stunned everyone watching, as Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu, whose substitutions turned the game against Germany, used his bench to devastating effect once more.
The equalizer came after Spain lost possession deep in their territory due to a poor pass from goalkeeper Unai Simon, allowing Doan to unleash a powerful strike from the edge of the box that Simon got their hands on but couldn’t stop.
Then, another substitute made a crucial and ultimately highly contentious contribution, as Mitoma reached a byline cross and cut the ball back for Tanaka to bundle home from close range.
The on-field officials initially ruled the Goal out, claiming the ball had gone out, and despite initial replays appearing to support them, ruled that it should count, with an aerial view later revealing that the ball had not fully crossed the line.
From then on, Spain appeared stunned, struggling to create clear chances while the huge drama unfolded in the other game between Germany and Costa Rica.
Spain appeared to be crashing out at one point, but Germany’s comeback kept them in second place with a goal difference of six to the Germans’ one.
Japan finished the game with only 18% possession, the lowest share of any winning team in a World Cup since scores began in 1966. Still, the victory on a breathless night sent them to the knockout stages for a second consecutive final.
What does the result mean?
Japan finished first in Group E with six points and will play Group F runners-up Croatia in Round 16 on Monday at 3 p.m.
Spain finishes second with four points, one more than Germany on goal difference & will meet Group F winners Morocco in the Round of 16 on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Costa Rica comes in last in Group E with 3 points and, like Germany, is eliminated from the competition.
Japan vs Spain | Full Squad | FIFA World Cup 2022
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