World Cup live updates: Japan, Morocco win to start Day 4

World Cup live updates: Japan, Morocco win to start Day 4

Saudi Arabia shocked the world Tuesday, beating Lionel Messi and Argentina 2-1 in Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Could another upset be brewing?  

Returning to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, Canada’s first task is a tall one against the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Belgium. Croatia, the runners-up from the 2018 World Cup, drew Morocco in a scoreless final tally. Germany was upset by Japan with Spain vs. Costa Rica rounding out the middle of Day 4. 

Lineups for Spain-Costa Rica

The teams have not met since 2017 going into this Group E stage match. 

Japan shocks Germany 2-1

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A day after Argentina was stunned by Saudi Arabia, Japan scored twice in the last 15 minutes Tuesday to stun four-time champion Germany 2-1. It’s only Japan’s second win at the World Cup since 2010, and it came courtesy of two of its players who play professionally in Germany.

Germany dominated for much of the game and had a 1-0 lead deep into the second half thanks to Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty in the 33rd minute. Germany drew the penalty after Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda grabbed David Raum’s legs to keep him from getting the ball.

Japan had never beaten Germany in their previous four meetings, but the 2014 champions are hardly an unfamiliar foe. Eight players on Japan’s roster play professionally in Germany, including five of its starters Wednesday.

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Japan takes the lead over Germany

Miscommunication among the German defense keeps Japan onside. With a long pass coming from Japan’s half, Takuma Asano sprints past Germany and hits a shot over Neuer.

Japan’s Ritsu Doan scores equalizer 

After several minutes of constant pressure, Japan finally get the equalizer. Ritsu Doan shot from the center of the box with enough force to get past Neuer, who stopped the first shot, but couldn’t get up to block the second. The Japanese are not letting down their intensity.

Gündogan narrowly misses second goal

Germany’s Ilkay Gündogan nearly had a second goal early in the second half but his shot hit off the post at the 59:12 mark.

Prior to their first game of the World Cup against Japan, Germany players covered their mouths during the pre-match team photo. The move was a protest against FIFA’s threat against players who wear the “OneLove” armband with yellow cards, which caused seven European countries to back off their pledge to wear them. — Seth Vertelney, Pro Soccer Wire

“We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we hold in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard,” read a statement from Germany’s federation on Twitter.

It was a complete attacking effort as the tide has turned in Germany’s favor. But Kai Havertz goal was checked and ruled offside. 

Germany takes the lead, maybe a little later than expected after an onslaught of Japanese chances. In the 31st minutes, goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda took down David Raum in the penalty box. After review, Germany’s Ilkay Gündogan step to the spot and converted the opening goal. 

The offside rule has been a source of innumerable controversial calls in soccer, in large part because they were left completely to the whims of human error.

FIFA only began allowing World Cup officials the ability to review video replays to confirm calls in 2018. This year it rolled out a new semi-automated, offside technology to enhance its Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

Japan struck first against Germany, but the goal was quickly called offside. The chance came from a Japanese forced turnover in midfield. Daizen Maeda made the sliding shot and goal before it was disallowed.

DOHA, Qatar – Discriminatory chants allegedly by Ecuador fans at the World Cup opening game led FIFA to open the first disciplinary case of the tournament on Tuesday. — Associated Press 

The committee also opened proceedings against Mexico due to supporter chants during its game against Poland. 

A four-time World Cup champion, Germany is looking to avenge their early group stage exit in 2018. The Germans start their 2022 campaign against Japan, which is making its seventh consecutive World Cup appearance. 

Japan is plenty familiar with Germany, four of their starters play in the top tier of the German Bundesliga. While there is an injection of youth on the Japanese side, defender Yuto Nagatomo stands out. He is making his fourth World Cup appearance. The 36-year-old has four goals in his 138 appearances for Japan. 

This is the first World Cup meeting between the two countries in the men’s game. 

After starting the tournament in an uncharacteristically high-scoring fashion across seven games, three matches ended in scoreless draws, including this one. 

Modric had the best chance for either side in the first half. His side finished the game with 65% of the possession. Croatia couldn’t capitalize on any of the five corners they earned. Meanwhile, Achraf Hakimi had a chance to convert a set piece from the center of goal outside the box, but Dominik Livakovic made the save.

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In a time where numerous sports leagues are trying to shorten the length of their games, FIFA is adding time to its World Cup matches in record fashion. 

There’s been an unprecedented amount of stoppage time added in Qatar, highlighted by England and Iran playing in the longest World Cup group stage match in the tournament’s history with a total time of 117 minutes. That was aided by the first half of the match having 14 minutes of extra time, followed by 13 minutes in the second half of England’s 6-2 victory, each of which were records for stoppage time in World Cup history, according to statistics site Opta Joe. Nearly 14 minutes were added to the second half of Saudi Arabia’s stunner against Argentina. — Jordan Mendoza

But what is stoppage time, how does it work and why is so much being added to this World Cup? Here’s what you need to know

The fans of Morocco have been audible all game, with a distinctive whistle deterring Croatia every time it has any sort of attack. They were also quite vocal during the national anthem. 

Morocco was forced to make a substitution after Noussair Mazraui goes down. He had been dealing with a knock to his hip area for much of the second half and had to be stretchered off. 

Mazraoui, an outside back for Morocco and German powerhouse Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, recored one shot on target, 39 touches and four tackles in his 60 minutes Wednesday. 

Saudi Arabia has suddenly become the World Cup’s favorite underdog. At the Souq Waqif in central Doha on Wednesday morning, many of the fans were carrying Saudi flags or congratulating those who were. A table of England fans let out a loud cheer when a Saudi fan walked by and when he shook his flag and yelled “Argentina!” they cheered him again. — Nancy Armour, Doha, Qatar 

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With a clear chance from a throw in, the ball fell to the lethal left foot of Modric. The midfielder had a direct shot on goal about 25 yards out, but his shot soared over the crossbar. He knew he missed a golden chance. The teams go into halftime scoreless. 

The first half was evenly matched, with plenty of intensity in the middle of the field, but the final product was missing from both sides. Croatia had a small edge on possession with 59% and the only shot on target. 

The most threatening chance for either team came in stoppage time of the first half. For Croatia, Ivan Perisic started the attack. Borna Sosa crossed to Nikola Vlasic, but goalkeeper Yassine Bounou got in the way. Great save from the keeper in one of the first times he was truly called upon. 

In the kickoff of Group F play, Croatia begins its quest to build on that 2018 run when the country made it to the World Cup final but lost 4-2 to France. 

Though a small country, Croatia has plenty of representation in soccer’s biggest leagues — especially in the midfield. Mateo Kovacic plays for Chelsea, Marcelo Brozovic starts for Inter Milan in Italy and Luka Modric is considered one of the greatest midfielders currently in the game. In 2018, he was the first player since 2007 not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon D’or, an award for the best soccer player in the world.

Meanwhile, Morocco makes its sixth tournament appearance, having only made it past the group stage once in 1986. Morocco is typically strong in the build up to the World Cup, but struggles once it’s there. 

Want to watch every game of the U.S. men’s national team’s return, see what’s likely Lionel Messi’s last go with Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal or witness France’s title-defense run? Add matches to your calendar and keep up to date with the latest tournament news.

Time: Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5 a.m. ET

Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium

How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)

Time: Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 8 a.m. ET

Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium

How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)

Time: Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. ET

Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium

How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)

Time:  Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. ET

Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)

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