World Cup: Japan Pips Spain To Top Spot, Germany Crashes Out



World Cup Japan Pips Spain To Top Spot, Germany Crashes Out
The 2014 World Cup champions, Germany have left the ongoing FIFA tournament in Qatar sooner than expected.

Germany was tipped as one of the favorites to win this edition’s World Cup edition, however, they finished in 3rd position in a group that also includes 2010 World champions, Spain alongside, Japan and Costa Rica.

Despite a 4-2 win against Costa Rica on the final group game, the Germans were unable to qualify from the group stages for a second consecutive time due to the result between an impressive Japan and Spain.

Kai Havertz scored twice for the German national team against Costa Rica.

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Goals from Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka helped Japan reach the World Cup last 16 as Group E winners with a remarkable 2-1 victory over Spain, with La Roja joining them as Germany were dumped out.

With both sides knowing a win would see them advance, Spain wasted little time in hitting the front as Alvaro Morata headed beyond Shuichi Gonda for his third goal of the tournament early on.

Japanese players celebrate their goal.

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However, Spain failed to capitalize on their huge dominance of possession as Japan turned the game on its head with a quickfire second-half double, Doan firing home from range before Tanaka bundled in a second.

Spain were briefly on their way out of the tournament when Costa Rica took the lead against Germany in the group’s other fixture.

But Germany’s late comeback in a 4-2 win ensured La Roja survived an incredible finale to go through as runners-up.

Here is how the group finished.


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