The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ continued Sunday with four games in Group E and Group F, and things did not go as expected four-time men’s World Cup champion Germany — dropped in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Japan on Wednesday. But the Germans were able to bounce back and snag a much-needed point against Spain to keep knockout round hopes alive.
Elsewhere, Croatia eliminated Canada, who is playing in its first World Cup since 1986 and coming off a hard-fought 1-0 defeat against Belgium. Alphonso Davies scored Canada’s first-ever World Cup goal in the second minute, but Croatia came back with vengeance, winning 4-1.
Whilst they will be aiming to avoid being knocked out, Canada has already fallen at the first hurdle. They took the lead against 2018 finalists Croatia but ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 reverse.
For Germany forward Niclas Füllkrug salvaged a 1-1 draw against Spain on Sunday at the World Cup.
The Germans still need to win their last group match to have a chance of advancing to the knockout stage. The four-time champions were eliminated in the group stage four years ago in Russia.
Germany will next face Costa Rica, which defeated Japan 1-0 earlier Sunday. Even a win may not be enough for the Germans, who are in last place in Group E and need the other result to go their way.
Spain can reach the last 16 with a draw against Japan but Costa Rica irrespective if the outcome of their last group match has been eliminated.
The four teams’ coaches will be inundated with questions about their chances of qualifying for the last 16 stages at the post-match press conference.
All last group stage matches will be played simultaneously with 4 pm and 8 pm kickoffs. The last round of matches will be rounded off on Friday, December 2.