The sensation of the day: Japan persists and signs
Surprising winner of Germany (2-1) for their first outing, Japan seemed to have fallen into line by losing to Costa Rica (0-1).
So much so that no one, apart from Japanese fans, imagined him resisting Spain.
All the more so after Alvaro Morata's opener in the 10th minute of play. And then, as against the Mannschaft, the Japanese had to think carefully about the break to return to the field transfigured, which resulted in two goals in three minutes signed Doan (48th) and Tanaka (51st).
Despite impressive ball possession by the Spaniards (more than 80%!), the Empire of the Rising Sun did not let go of their advantage (2-1) to qualify for the round of 16 by finishing first.
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The disaster of the day: Germany still outside
Like four years ago, the Mannschaft disappears from a World Cup from the group stage.
However, the Germans got the better of Costa Rica on Thursday (4-2).
But that was not enough to overtake Spain.
Enough to feed big regrets, including on this last match where Thomas Müller's teammates hit the uprights three times and could have, with more realism, scored at least three or four more goals, which could have changed everything in the end. level of goal difference.
Happiness of the day: Morocco returns to the 8th
For the first time since 1986, Morocco is preparing to play in the round of 16 of the World Cup next Tuesday against Spain.
An oh so deserved qualification for the Atlas Lions who first held Croatia vice-world champions in check (0-0), before bringing down Belgium (1-0) then Canada this Thursday ( 2-1).
Carried by a found Hakim Ziyech, the Moroccans finished at the top of a tough group and gave rise to wild ambitions at home.
The miss of the day: Belgium and Lukaku miss their target
A goal in three matches: everything is said about the competition of the Belgians, aging like a rearguard in the hard or an Eden Hazard definitely on the decline.
This Thursday, against Croatia, the Red Devils may have made their best copy in Qatar but Romelu Lukaku either hit wood or missed the inevitable in the second half.
In the end, this goalless 0-0 score made Luka Modric and others happy, and pushed Roberto Martinez out, resigning from his position as coach.
Statement of the day:
Kai Havertz's "
horror movie "
Author of a useless double against Costa Rica (4-2), Kai Havertz confided his feelings after the meeting, and the elimination of Germany: “
We are upset.
Against Japan, we must not lose.
Against Spain, there was better to do than draw.
That it happens this way, it looks like a horror movie.
We learned during the match that Japan were leading, and then the rankings were displayed in the stadium.
We still had some hope that Spain would score.
But we noticed that the game was over in Japan.
When you go out twice in the first round and once in the round of 16, it's extremely bitter.
We have to be honest and say that for four years, not everything has been going well.