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World Cup 2022, Day 8: The schedule and what’s at stake for groups | Qatar World Cup 2022

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4 video games are scheduled on day eight — Sunday, November 27 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The Schedule:

Japan vs Costa Rica (Group E): 1pm (10:00 GMT), Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Belgium vs Morocco (Group F): 4pm (13:00 GMT), Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Croatia vs Canada (Group F): 7pm (16:00 GMT), Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Al Rayyan

Spain vs Germany (Group E): 10pm (19:00 GMT), Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

What to anticipate:

France’s Kylian Mbappe scores in opposition to Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel on November 26, 2022 [Martin Meissner/AP Photo]

 

Japan vs Costa Rica

Japan and Costa Rica have acknowledged {that a} win is essential forward of their second match on the World Cup on Sunday.

Japan are second in Group E with three factors, behind leaders Spain on objective distinction.

The Asian giants now face bottom-placed Costa Rica, with a victory assuring them of a spot within the knockouts if Germany fail to win in opposition to Spain.

Japan’s supervisor Hajime Moriyasu has inspired his gamers to shortly “neglect” their opening win in opposition to Germany and deal with Sunday’s Group E encounter with Costa Rica.

Germany's Serge Gnabry and Japan's Yuto Nagatomo challenge for the ball
Germany’s Serge Gnabry (left) and Japan’s Yuto Nagatomo problem for the ball through the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 23, 2022 [Matthias Schrader/AP Photo]

Their victory over Germany on Wednesday was one of the crucial stunning outcomes from the primary spherical of group-stage video games, with Japan upsetting the four-time World Cup winners 2-1.

Whereas Moriyasu repeated his view on Saturday that the match was a “historic victory” for Japan, he insisted now was not the time for reminiscing.

Japan are hoping to advance to the Spherical of 16 for the fourth time in seven appearances within the World Cup. Their best-ever end was ninth in each 2002 and 2010.

Costa Rica, in the meantime, wish to regroup after Spain handed them a crushing 7-0 defeat of their opener and so they face an uphill — although not mathematically unimaginable — battle to advance to the Spherical of 16.

Former Arsenal ahead Joel Campbell stated: “So long as we’ve got the chance to progress we might want to go away every little thing on the pitch.”

“It gained’t be straightforward in fact, however we’re very excited as a result of we are able to nonetheless progress to the following section and we have to battle for that. We’ll convey our A-game tomorrow.”

A Costa Rican player (right) gestures to a Spanish player on the pitch.
A Costa Rican participant (proper) gestures to a Spanish participant on November 23, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Costa Rica coach Luis Suarez stated his workforce is not going to repeat the identical errors as with Spain in opposition to Japan.

”Everybody learns from their errors, however you could be sturdy to maintain on going,” Suarez stated.

Belgium vs Morocco

Morocco had been in good spirits as they skilled forward of assembly Group F leaders Belgium on Sunday, following their match the place they held Croatia to a impasse of their opening World Cup sport.

Belgium, alternatively, secured an underwhelming 1-0 win in opposition to Canada of their first group sport, and Morocco head coach Walid Regragui has warned that the Belgians ought to anticipate a stern check on the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Sunday.

The match could have added spice as quite a few gamers within the Morocco squad had been both born in Belgium or play their membership soccer there.

Morocco team members clap after their game against Croatia.
Morocco workforce members clap after their sport in opposition to Croatia on November 23, Qatar [Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera]

Harm has been a problem, nevertheless. Noussair Mazraoui and Achraf Hakimi sustained accidents within the Croatia sport, ruling Mazraoui out of Sunday’s match, whereas Hakimi joined Saturday coaching and should function in Regragui’s lineup.

Following the underwhelming 1-0 win over Canada, the Belgian workforce had been again on the coaching pitch on Saturday. Supervisor Roberto Martinez will anticipate an enormous enchancment from his gamers, who had been lucky to beat Canada courtesy of a medical end from Michy Batshuayi.

Martinez was unable to name upon highly effective ahead Romelu Lukaku, who missed the Canada sport because of a thigh harm. Though Lukaku is again in coaching, Martinez has confirmed that he won’t be prepared to start out on Sunday.

If Belgium beat Morocco, they’ll turn out to be the primary workforce in World Cup historical past to win 9 consecutive group video games. Belgium are unbeaten in all 4 of their World Cup conferences with African groups.

Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring
Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring their first objective in opposition to Canada at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 23 [Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko]

Croatia vs Canada

Canada skilled in Umm Salal on Saturday, the eve of their pivotal World Cup Group F match in opposition to Croatia. Canada head coach John Herdman described his squad as “mild, brilliant and clear, able to go” into what successfully is a ‘must-win’ sport for the Canucks.

They presently lie on the backside of the standings after the slim 1-0 defeat to Belgium of their opening fixture on Wednesday.

The sport may even mark Canada skipper Atiba Hutchinson’s a hundredth look for his nation.

Referee Janny Sikazwe and Canada's Stephen Eustaquio react to each other face to face at a close distance.
Referee Janny Sikazwe and Canada’s Stephen Eustaquio through the Canada vs Belgium match on November 23, 2022 [Molly Darlington/Reuters]

Croatia drew their opener in opposition to Morocco 0-0, and Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalia has known as on his workforce to undertake a extra aggressive angle, be extra energetic and lift the tempo once they face Canada on Sunday.

Following their tame goalless draw with Morocco on Wednesday, Croatia had been criticised for his or her lacklustre efficiency, however Dalia stated on Saturday that he’s assured the ‘actual face’ of the workforce will come to the fore in opposition to the Canadians.

“We’re Croatia, let’s face it,” Dalia stated. “If we simply play our sport, we could have a optimistic efficiency, a optimistic end result.”

A Croatian player with a protective facial mask during the Croatia vs Morocco game on November 23,
A Croatian participant through the Croatia vs Morocco sport on November 23, Qatar [Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera]

Spain vs Germany

Germany and Spain had been in coaching on Saturday forward of their Sunday showdown, with the Germans dealing with a second consecutive World Cup first-round exit ought to they lose to the Spanish.

Since Germany’s shock 2-1 defeat to Japan on Wednesday, coach Hansi Flick has been working extra time to select his gamers up off the ground after the opener loss.

Jamal Musiala hiding half his face inside his team shirt during the Germany vs Japan match.
Germany’s Jamal Musiala through the Germany vs Japan match at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar on November 23, 2022 [Lee Smith/Reuters]

Flick’s workforce have now gained simply two of their final 9 internationals throughout all competitions and they’re going to now search to keep away from dropping successive group-stage video games at a World Cup event for the primary time.

However they’re up in opposition to a robust Spanish aspect enjoying with actual freedom, as exemplified by Spain’s 7-0 hammering of Costa Rica.

Flick had nothing however reward for Spain coach Luis Enrique on Saturday.

“I actually like speaking to him. He’s arrange this new younger workforce with younger gamers with a incredible high quality,” he stated.

For his half, Enrique, who on Saturday described Germany because the workforce that was essentially the most just like Spain, stated he anticipated an open contest between the 2 European rivals.

Spanish player Alejandro Balde going for the ball during the Spain vs Costa Rica football match.
Spanish participant Alejandro Balde going for the ball through the Spain vs Costa Rica soccer match on November 23, Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera] (Al Jazeera)

 

Ought to Japan keep away from defeat in opposition to Costa Rica within the earlier kickoff on Sunday, Germany should beat Spain in the event that they want to keep away from back-to-back group-stage eliminations on the World Cup.

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