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LIVE BLOG: Fifa World Cup, Day 8 โ€“ Germany live to fight another day after Spain draw

LIVE BLOG: Fifa World Cup, Day 8 - Germany live to fight another day after Spain draw

Welcome to day 8 of the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. IOL Sport will bring you all the live updates on match days from the biggest sports event on the planet!


FULL TIME: Spain 1, Germany 1

Germany live to fight another day after holding Spain to a 1-all draw during their World Cup clash on Sunday evening.

Spain are on ๐Ÿ” of Group E. Which two sides will advance?#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

HALF TIME: Spain 0, Germany 0

Itโ€™s goalless a half time of the World Cup clash between former champions Spain and Germany.

Weโ€™re scoreless at the half! ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

UP NEXT: Itโ€™s huge! Spain vs Germany

Spain and Germany face each other in what is the first game between two former world champions at the Qatar World Cup. Spain will advance to the next round if they win. For Germany, anything other than a win will leave their campaign in tatters.

Our fourth match of the day ๐Ÿ”œ
Here are the line-ups for Spain v Germany โฌ‡๏ธ#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

Spain (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Dani Carvajal, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets (capt), Gavi, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo

Germany (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer (capt); Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Suele, Antonio Ruediger, David Raum; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka; Thomas Mueller, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala

FULL TIME: Croatia 4, Canada 1

2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia showed their class when they came from behind to claim a 4-1 win over Canada on Sunday evening. Canada have been knocked out of the tournament.

Here's how Group F looks after two matches ๐Ÿ‘€#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

HALF TIME: Croatia 2, Canada 1

Canada went into the lead of their World Cup clash against Croatia after just two minutes, but Croatia, the runners-up from four years ago, fired back with two goals in quick succession to go into the break in front.

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Two straight goals for Croatia sees them take the lead going into the break#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

Next up: Croatia v Canada

Canada and 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia will be hoping to get their 2022 campaign off the ground when they go head-to-head on Sunday.

The line-ups for @HNS_CFF & @CanadaSoccerEN ๐Ÿ‘‡#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

Croatia (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic; Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Livaja

Canada (3-4-3): Milan Borjan; Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria; Richie Laryea, Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson (capt), Alphonso Davies; Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Jonathan David

FULL TIME: Belgium 0, Morocco 2

Well, no one saw that coming. Morocco shot to the top of Group F on four points after an improbable win over fancies Belgium on Sunday afternoon.

The Atlas Lions get a huge win over Belgium.@adidasfootball | #FIFAWorldCup

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

HALF TIME: Belgium 0, Morocco 0

Neither side could break the deadlock during the Group World Cup clash between Belgium and Morocco on Sunday afternoon.

All square at the break.#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

Next up โ€ฆ Belgium take on Morocco and hereโ€™s the team news

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez made three changes to his side for Sunday's World Cup game against Morocco, knowing victory would secure a last-16 place.

The Red Devils rode their luck in a 1-0 opening win over Canada and Martinez reacted by replacing Youri Tielemans in midfield with Everton's Amadou Onana.

Thomas Meunier takes the place of Leander Dendoncker at the back, with in-form Leicester defender Wout Faes again left out.

Thorgan Hazard gets his first start of the tournament at wing-back.

Morocco boss Walid Regragui named an unchanged XI after an impressive performance in their 0-0 draw with 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia.

Canada take on Croatia in the day's other Group F match later.

Starting line-ups:

Belgium (3-4-3)

Thibaut Courtois; Thomas Meunier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen; Thorgan Hazard, Amadou Onana, Axel Witsel, Timothy Castagne; Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard (capt), Michy Batshuayi

Coach: Roberto Martinez (ESP)

Morocco (4-3-3)

Yassine Bounou; Achraf Hakimi, Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss (capt), Noussair Mazraoui; Sofyan Amrabat, Azzedine Ounahi, Selim Amallah; Hakim Ziyech, Sofiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri

Coach: Walid Regragui (MAR)

Referee: Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)

FULLTIME โ€“ Japan 0-1 Costa Rica

Keysher Fuller was the hero for Costa Rica scoring the only goal of the game. Japan had a frustrating second half, who came in to game with confidence after their shock win over Germany. Kaylor Navas made a tremendous save late in the first half to preserve Costa Ricaโ€™s lead as they held on for an important win. This result now throughโ€™s the group wide open.

Passion with a capital ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/YLTgupyKqI

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2022

HALFTIME โ€“ Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

There was no late drama in the game between Japan and Costa Rica. Neither side troubled their opposing goalkeeper in the first half. Japan though will be looking for that win to all but secure their progression to the knockout rounds.


Japan made five changes from their team that beat Germany in their World Cup opener as they face Costa Rica on Sunday.

Attackers Ritsu Doan, who came on and scored against Germany, Yuki Soma and Ayase Ueda come into the starting line-up as Japan look to take a big step towards the knockout round.

Right-back Miki Yamane replaces the injured Hiroki Sakai, while fit-again midfielder Hidemasa Morita comes in for Ao Tanaka.

Costa Rica make only two changes to the team that started the campaign with a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Spain in Group E.

Teenage winger Jewison Bennette and defender Carlos Martinez drop to the bench, with Gerson Torres and Kendall Waston replacing them.

Starting line-ups:

Japan (4-2-3-1)

Shuichi Gonda; Miki Yamane, Kou Itakura, Maya Yoshida (capt), Yuto Nagatomo; Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita; Ritsu Doan, Daichi Kamada, Yuki Soma; Ayase Ueda

Coach: Hajime Moriyasu

Costa Rica (5-3-2)

Keylor Navas; Keysher Fuller, Oscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Oviedo, Kendall Waston; Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Gerson Torres; Anthony Contreras, Joel Campbell

Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez (COL)

Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)

Japan vs Costa Rica

Japan can virtually book themselves a place in the last 16 should they defeat Costa Rica. The Samurai Blue produced one of the tournamentโ€™s great shocks in their opening game by defeating Germany 2-1. That result will give them the confidence that they need to feel that they can win this game.

Costa Rica were poor in their opening fixture, losing 7-0 against Spain. They can take inspiration from Iran who opened with a 6-2 defeat against England before bouncing back with a 2-0 win over Wales.

Players to watch

Japan: Wataru Endo (defensive midfielder), Daichi Kamada (attacking midfielder), Takuma Asano (winger).

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas (goalkeeper), Joel Campbell (winger), Bryan Oviedo (left-back).

Head To Head

The teams have met five times over the last 27-years in international friendlies. Japan have won five of the games with one ending in a draw. Costa Rica have never beaten Japan.

Belgium vs Morocco

Both teams are alive in the group. Belgium opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Canada in what was not their best performance. Morocco started with a creditable 0-0 draw against Croatia. Belgium have a better but aging side who have not been at their best lately and so Morocco will fancy their chances of getting points in this game.

Belgium winning will virtually assure the Red Devils of qualification to the last 16. Should Morocco spring a surprise, the group will be thrown open ahead of the last round of group stage fixtures.

Players to watch

Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne (midfielder), Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper), Axel Witsel (midfielder)

Morocco: Achraf Hakimi (right-back), Hakim Ziyech (winger), Sofyan Amrabat (midfielder)

Head To Head

The teams have met three times before with Morocco winning once and Belgium twice. The teams met once in a World Cup fixture before, back in 1994 and Belgium won 1-0.

Croatia vs Canada

Both teams will be looking for a result in this game. Canada opened their campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Belgium while Croatia would be frustrated by their 0-0 draw against Morocco.

Canada will be the underdogs but have a side that is capable of causing an upset. Croatia desperately need a win in this game to boost their chances of trying to advance beyond the group and as group stage winners.

Players to watch

Canada: Jonathan David (forward), Alphonso Davies (left-back), Junior Hoilett (winger)

Croatia: Luka Modric (midfielder), Mateo Kovacic (midfielder), Joลกko Gvardiol (defender)

Head To Head

The teams have never met before.

Spain vs Germany

This game is more of a crunch one for Germany than it is for Spain. After losing to Japan in their opening game, the four time World Champions need a win here to put their World Cup campaign back on track.

Should Japan beat Costa Rica and Germany lose to Spain in this game, the Germans are out of the competition.

Players to watch

Germany: Joshua Kimmich (defensive midfielder), Jamal Musiala (midfielder), Thomas Mรผller (forward).

Spain: Gavi (central midfielder), Pedri (central midfielder), Rodri (defensive midfielder)

Head To Head

The teams have met 25 times overall since 1935. Germany have won nine times, Spain eight with the other eight games ending in draws.

France coach Didier Deschamps insisted he was never worried his side might be the latest defending champions to be eliminated from the World Cup in the group stage after they became the first team through to the last 16.

It's him again. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ
Kylian Mbappรฉ's brace sees France through to the KO stages and secures him back-to-back @Budweiser Player of the Match awards.
โšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ 2 Goals.
๐Ÿ† #POTM
๐Ÿ”’ Qualification secured
๐Ÿ‘‘ Greatness taken
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท #FRADEN ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ #YoursToTake #BudweiserWorldCup #BringHomeTheBud pic.twitter.com/VLtn3aRZtX

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 26, 2022

Lionel Messi thumped in a 64th minute goal and Enzo Fernandez added another late in the game to give Argentina a 2-0 victory over battling Mexico in their World Cup Group C match on Saturday and reignite their tournament hopes.

๐Ÿ Who else?
With a goal and a recording breaking assist, Lionel Messi etches his name in the history books once again. Your @Budweiser Player of the Match.
Where he walks, greatness follows.
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท #ARGMEX ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ #POTM #YoursToTake #BudweiserWorldCup #BringHomeTheBud | @budfootball pic.twitter.com/PpRQ2blis0

โ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 26, 2022

Robert Lewandowski scored his first-ever World Cup goal as Poland brought Saudi Arabia back down to earth with a bump with a 2-0 Group C victory that rejuvenated their tournament campaign.

Robert Lewandowski was emotional after his first World Cup goal ๐Ÿฅบ pic.twitter.com/xDUfV2VVpu

โ€” B/R Football (@brfootball) November 26, 2022

Australia won a World Cup game for only the third time in their history with a dogged 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday to revive their last-16 hopes.

To our Aussies abroad and at home,
Thank you for the incredible support. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›
That was for you, enjoy the moment ๐Ÿ™Œ#GiveIt100 #Socceroos #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/NsWa68sWsH

โ€” Socceroos (@Socceroos) November 26, 2022

Hereโ€™s Saturdayโ€™s Live Blog if you missed any of the dayโ€™s action or just want to recap what unfolded.

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