Japan beat Germany, Morocco draw with Croatia


There was initially little change to the sample within the second half as Jamal Musiala shot over after a penetrating run and Guendogan clipped a publish.


Gonda then made amends with 4 successive saves to disclaim Jonas Hofmann and Serge Gnabry, protecting his facet within the sport.

Manuel Neuer, showing in his fourth World Cup, was additionally alert to avoid wasting from Hiroki Sakai and did effectively once more quickly after to dam from Takumi Minamino, just for fellow substitute Doan to smash within the free ball.

Instantly buoyed, Japan pushed on and Asano confirmed nice power to deliver down a excessive free kick and maintain off defender Nico Schlotterbeck and unbelievable approach to hammer the ball into the smallest of areas.

Germany launched all-out assault from then on, to no avail, and now face a must-win Group E sport towards Spain.

Japan subsequent face Costa Rica and can already be dreaming of the final 16.

Germany turned the second powerhouse after Argentina to get off to a poor World Cup begin. The shock outcome was a repeat of Germany’s 2018 World Cup nightmare when, as defending champions, they misplaced their opener to Mexico and, after one other defeat by South Korea, had been condemned to an unheard-of group-stage exit.

German players cover their mouths to protest against being gagged by FIFA.

German gamers cowl their mouths to protest towards being gagged by FIFA. Credit score:AP

Earlier than the sport, Germany’s gamers coated their mouths throughout the group picture in an obvious rebuke to FIFA following its determination to cease plans to put on armbands to protest discrimination in host nation Qatar.

Croatia-Morocco stalemate

Earlier, Croatia’s World Cup marketing campaign bought off to a stuttering begin with a 0-0 draw towards a battling Morocco because the 2018 runners-up lacked the punch of the facet that went so shut in Russia.

Probabilities had been at a premium at Al Bayt Stadium as a good Group F contest produced little goalmouth motion, and ended within the third goalless attract 9 video games on the World Cup up to now.

There have been glimpses of a purpose for either side, with Nikola Vlasic going shut for Croatia on the finish of the primary half whereas Noussair Mazraoui had a header saved for Morocco.

Hakim Ziyech of Morocco controls the ball against Croatia’s Luka Modric.

Hakim Ziyech of Morocco controls the ball towards Croatia’s Luka Modric.Credit score:Getty Pictures

Croatia will now flip their attentions to their sport towards Canada on Sunday, when Morocco will face Belgium.

Croatia’s finest moments predictably hinged on Luka Modric, who was given the liberty of the park, floating effortlessly from again to entrance, with soccer’s conventional midfield roles seeming to not apply to Croatia’s captain.

One minute he was patrolling in entrance of his again 4, the subsequent hanging off the shoulder of Andrej Kramaric up entrance, however at all times trying to open up the north Africans, whether or not he was hovering at proper again or looking additional ahead.

Mateo Kovacic of Croatia and Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco battle for the ball.

Mateo Kovacic of Croatia and Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco battle for the ball.Credit score:Getty Pictures

Morocco appeared principally to Hakim Ziyech for inspiration and the Chelsea winger, recalled to the squad following coach Walid Regragui’s appointment, was their most harmful attacking outlet within the early phases, though his good work lacked an finish product.

Whereas the encounter was low on motion it was a minimum of excessive on depth, as either side battled for midfield supremacy, however the first half ended with neither purpose actually threatened till the closing moments when Vlasic’s low effort was saved by Yassine Bounou.

There was extra motion within the first 5 minutes of the second half when Morocco had raucous appeals for a penalty waved away after Sofiane Boufal’s shot appeared to hit Dejan Lovren’s arm, seconds earlier than Mazraoui’s header was saved by Dominik Livakovic.

Moments later, Lovren’s effort on the slide on the different finish was blocked by Sofyan Amrabat, however that was about nearly as good because it bought for Croatia till centre again Josko Gvardiol’s header went vast within the eightieth minute.

Reuters, AP

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