Japan shock Spain in controversial style to send Germany tumbling out

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Not content with one jaw-dropping shock in Group E, Japan managed a second in feverish conditions to beat a multitalented Spain side and claim another place for Asia in the last 16 of this increasingly unpredictable World Cup.

Two goals in three minutes just after half-time – one that was scored by the very finest of margins – shocked Spain cold, taking their metronomic rhythms and throwing them into a bin bag that was then politely disposed of. The Europeans still qualified for the knockout stages, in second place on goal difference ahead of Germany, but if this was a deliberate attempt to choose an easier path through the draw, nobody told that to their shellshocked players.

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Written by Paul MacInnes at Khalifa International Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/dec/01/japan-spain-world-cup-group-e-match-report under the title “Japan shock Spain in controversial style to send Germany tumbling out”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.