Japan surprises everyone and tops the group

Japan – Spain – Played on 12/01/ 2022

The Japanese national team achieved a historic victory (2-1) against the Spanish national team, this evening, Thursday, at the end of the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

He scored for the Japanese national team Ritsu Doan and Oh Tanaka in the 48th and 51st minutes, while Alvaro Morata scored for Spain in the 11th minute.

With this victory, the Japanese team raised its score to 6 points at the top of Group E, while Spain’s balance stuck at 4 points in second place, and they qualified together for the final 16.

The match started with pressure from the Spaniards, and midfielder Sergio Busquets hit a powerful ball that passed over Japan’s goal in the 6th minute.

The response came quickly from the Japanese, with a shot from Eto’o that hit the outside net of Unai Simon’s goal in the 7th minute.

And Alvaro Morata succeeded in scoring the lead goal for Spain in the 11th minute when he received a cross from the right side through his colleague Cesar Azpilicueta and headed a ball into the Japanese net.

Morata almost added Spain’s second goal in the 22nd minute, with a powerful shot from inside the penalty area, which was blocked by Japanese goalkeeper Gonda.

The first half ended with Spain leading 1-0.

At the start of the second half, Ritsu Doan, Japan’s player, succeeded in scoring the equalizer for his country in the 48th minute, as his colleague Eto’o took advantage of a wrong pass from Spain players to the ball, and passed towards Doan, who shot a powerful ball to the left of goalkeeper Unai Simon.

O Tanaka added the second goal for Japan in the 53rd minute, as a cross ball reached inside the area towards Mitoma, and he passed it towards Tanaka, who fired directly into the net.

Asano, the Japan player, hit a ball inside the area, but with great carelessness, he missed the opportunity to score the third goal in the 69th minute.

Itakura Japan received a cross ball inside the area, rose, and hit it with the head, but easily in the arms of goalkeeper Unai Simon in the 82nd minute.

Marco Asensio, the Spanish national team player, almost scored the equalizing goal for the Matador in the 88th minute, with a powerful shot on the edge of the penalty area, which was blocked by the Japanese goalkeeper.

The Spaniards’ attempts to score the equalizer failed in the last minutes, so the Matadors received their first shock in the tournament by qualifying as runners-up and losing the three points.

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