Wednesday’s World Cup games got off to a slow start, but picked up steam with Japan’s win over Germany, followed by Spain’s record-breaking 7-0 win over Costa Rica.
Here’s what happened in the World Cup today.
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Morocco 0, Croatia 0
Morocco and Croatia put on a defensive clinic on Wednesday, but unfortunately it meant another goalless draw. In the 2018 World Cup, there was only one goalless draw in the entire tournament. There have already been three this year.
Where Morocco and Croatia finish in the group will ultimately depend on their results versus Belgium, but neither team can afford to take Canada lightly. Competition in Group F is tough.
Japan 2, Germany 1
It wasn’t an Argentina-Saudi Arabia upset, but Japan’s comeback against Germany carried double the drama of Monday’s match. After trailing for 75 minutes, Japan got two late goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano. Japan’s place in the knockout stages is far from cemented – they still face a hungry Spain side – but it was an incredible result nonetheless.
For Germany, Wednesday marked a third successive defeat in the opening game of a major tournament, and unlike Argentina, die Mannschaft are not the highest-ranked team in their group – that title belongs to Spain.
Spain 7, Costa Rica 0
Spain set the record for most goals scored in a World Cup match with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday. More importantly, they managed to secure three points and top Group E on goal difference. If it comes down to that, it’s safe to assume that Spain will win the tiebreaker.
Japan defeated Germany in Group E match.
Belgium 1, Canada 0
Canada had every chance to take the wind out of Belgium’s sails, but they didn’t convert any of their 22 shots on goal. Belgium, on the other hand, converted one of their nine attempts and finished with a lower xG (0.76) than Canada (2.61). In a tournament full of upsets, none were in the cards for Canada on Wednesday. Perhaps it will come Sunday against Croatia (11 a.m. ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app).
Purpose of the day
Dwan deserves all the plaudits he’s getting for his game-winning goal against Germany, not just because of what it meant to Japan but because of how improbable the angle was. Seriously, how did that bullet go in?
Assist of the day
Toby Alderweireld’s long ball to Michy Batshuayi broke the tie between Belgium and Canada and earned the Red Devils three points in their World Cup opener. Who said center backs can’t be playmakers?
Saving the day
Thibaut Courtois showed why he is considered the greatest goalkeeper in the world against Canada. With Belgium in danger of going 1-0 down due to a handball inside the box, Courtois made a great save from Alfonso Davies.
There are those who will argue that Courtois should have saved another penalty in the first half, and they may be right, but in reality, he saved just the one he needed to and gave Belgium the win.
The dominant Messi, Argentina started the World Cup with a stunning defeat, now face an uphill climb
Must watch the moment
Before Canada and Belgium kick off, FOX Sports analyst Stu Holden warms up Alphonso Davis on set.
Unfortunately for Canada, Holden is tied (and retired) to the United States.
Switzerland vs. Cameroon, 5 a.m. ET on FS1
If we assume Brazil are going to run away with the top spot in Group G – which seems silly given the upsets so far in the tournament – Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia are all in the running for second place. . Switzerland vs Cameroon is the first leg of this race.
Uruguay vs. South Korea, 8 a.m. ET on FS1
Uruguay may not be as star-studded as Portugal, but they have plenty of quality on their roster and could potentially top the group, especially with all the noise surrounding Portugal at the moment. But first, he must get past Son Heung-min and South Korea.
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Portugal vs. Ghana, 11 a.m. ET on FOX
After a disastrous start to the Premier League season with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has the chance to put things right on the World Cup stage with a strong return performance – as one of the greatest players of his generation failed. But anything less will be overlooked. .
Brazil vs. Serbia, 2pm ET on FOX
Brazil lost to their rival Argentina at the hands of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. It will be hoped to avoid the same fate against a very tough Serbia side led by the striker duo of Aleksandar Mitrović and Dušan Vlhović. In any case, it should be a joke.