2022 World Cup results: Japan and Spain qualify, Germany eliminated

► Spain trembles and loses against Japan (2-1), both qualified

Huge surprise Thursday evening December 1 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha where Japan beat Spain (2-1) and validated their ticket to the round of 16 of the World Cup with their opponent of the day.

Scared to death for Spain! At ease after Alvaro Morata’s quick header from Alvaro Morata in the 12th minute, La Roja were taken aback when they returned from the locker room by a transfigured Japan who scored two goals in three minutes to seal their qualification for the round of 16. where he will face the reigning vice-world champions Croatia on Monday.

Flamboyant against Costa Rica (7-0) at the start, then hung by Germany (1-1) on Sunday, Spain plunged as the games went on until they hit rock bottom in the second period on Sunday… but ended up saving his place in eighth in suffering. She will meet Morocco, Canada’s evening killer (2-1), on Tuesday.

► Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2, both countries eliminated

Germany, fallen giants of football, left the World Cup by the back door, despite a 4-2 victory against Costa Rica insufficient to open the way to the knockout stages.

The Germans would have been eliminated anyway by the victory of Japan against the Spaniards (2-1). They actually lost their World Cup in the first game, with their loss to the “Samurai Blue” (2-1).

This elimination is, for the quadruple world champions, an earthquake of gigantic magnitude. Since its return to the international scene in 1954, Germany had been the most regular nation in the World Cup, even more than Brazil: in sixteen tournaments until 2014, the Mannschaft collected four titles, as many lost finals , and four more semi-finals and four quarter-finals.