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Four group stage matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be held on December 1st. Group E final round Japan vs Spain, Costa Rica vs Germany, Group F final round Croatia vs Belgium, Canada vs Morocco.

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Croatia vs Belgium

Croatia and Belgium, who advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2018 tournament, faced each other in the final round of Group F to advance to the knockout stages. Croatia, who can secure the advance of the group with a draw or more, created chances from the start and Ivan Perisic shot a close shot. Needing a win, Belgium kept possession as time went on, but both teams finished the first half scoreless without any chances.

In the second half, Belgium, who has no back, raises the pace and attacks Croatia’s goal. However, Romelu Lukaku’s shot hits the post and does not score. In the final stages, Lukaku had multiple chances, but perhaps due to his lack of game instincts, he was unable to capitalize on the winning chances. The match ended in a scoreless draw, with Croatia finishing second in the group. On the other hand, Belgium, who were 3rd in the previous tournament and 2nd in the FIFA rankings, disappeared from the tournament in 3rd place in the group.

Croatia 0-0 Belgium

Canada vs Morocco

Canada, who have lost two games in a row, and Morocco, who are gaining momentum after defeating Belgium in the previous round, will play another match in the final round of Group F. Morocco, aiming to advance to the finals tournament for the first time in 36 years, scored the opening goal by Hakim Ziyech, who received the ball in the middle of the opponent’s half due to an opponent’s goalkeeper’s mistake early in the game, and slotted the ball into an unmanned goal. Then, in the 23rd minute, Youssef En-Nesyri shook the net to extend the lead.

On the other hand, in the 40th minute, Sam Adekgbe’s cross hit the opponent’s defender’s leg and the course changed and it was sucked into the goal and returned one goal. Canada, aiming for their first victory in the World Cup, showed a comeback in the second half, and although a header from a corner kick hit the bar, it did not equalize. Morocco escaped 2-1 to advance to the Round of 16 for the first time since 1986 as Group F leaders. On the other hand, Canada finished the World Cup for the first time in 36 years with three consecutive losses.

Canada 1-2 Morocco
Canada: own goals (40)
Morocco: Hakim Ziyech (4), Youssef En-Nesyri (23)

Japan vs Spain

Japan, who entered the final round of Group E with a record of 1 win and 1 loss, faced off against Spain, who have been leading the league with a record of 1 win and 1 draw. While Spain continued to possess the ball from the beginning, Alvaro Morata headed in a cross in the 11th minute to take the lead. After that, Spain maintained high possession as the time progressed, and Japan ended the match with one goal behind.

In the second half, Japan counterattacked. Ritsu Doan, who had just stepped onto the pitch during halftime, swung his left foot from outside the penalty area in the 48th minute. In addition, 3 minutes later, Aoi Tanaka, who jumped into Kaoru Mitoma’s turn, succeeded in reversing the match. Japan maintained this lead until the end and beat powerhouse Spain 2-1. As a result, Japan finished first in Group E and Spain finished second, advancing to the knockout stages.

Japan 2-1 Spain
Japan: Ritsu Doan (48), Midori Tanaka (51)
Spain: Alvaro Morata (11)

Costa Rica vs Germany

In the other final match of Group E, Costa Rica, who beat Japan in the previous round, will play against Germany, who are at the bottom so far. Germany, which needs to win with multiple goals to advance to the final tournament, goes on the offensive from the first half. Then, in the 10th minute, Serge Gnabry opened the scoring with a header. After that, Germany strengthened their offense, but the first half ended with this one goal.

Then in the second half, Costa Rica had chances, and in the 58th minute Yeltsin Tejeda shook the net to level the score. Then in the 70th minute, Juan Pablo Vargas scored to turn the game around. However, Kai Havertz scored the equalizer immediately afterward, and in the 85th minute, Havertz scored a goal again to reverse the game. Niklas Fürkrug also scored in the 89th minute to give Germany a 4-2 victory. However, Germany fell short of Spain on goal difference and was eliminated in 3rd place in Group E.

Costa Rica 2-4 Germany

Costa Rica: Yeltsin Tejeda (58), Juan Pablo Vargas (70)
Germany: Serge Gnabry (10), Kai Havertz (73, 85), Niklas Fürkrug (89)

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