Japan beat Spain 2-1 in Group E, both reach World Cup Round 16

Japan beat Spain 2-1 in Group E on Thursday, but both nations reached the 2022 FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

Sergio Busquets missed a good chance for Spain in the sixth minute at Khalifa International Stadium.

Japan’s Junya Ito missed the Spanish goal by inches in the eighth minute. Alvaro Morata’s header was saved by Japanese goalie Shuichi Gonda in the ninth minute, but just two minutes later, Morata scored Spain’s first goal with a header.

Spain winger Nico Williams’ shot from a narrow-angle deflected to the corner in the 46th minute and the first half ended 1-0.

Japan’s Ritsu Doan, who got into the match in the halftime break, levelled the score in the 48th minute. Japanese midfielder Ao Tanaka shocked the Spaniards as he netted another one just three minutes later.

The Japanese held their ground until the final whistle, winning the match 2-1 and topping Group E with 6 points. Spain reached the Round of 16 as well by finishing in the second spot with four points.


Saudi Gazette

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