In the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Japan shocked the world by defeating Spain 2-1. None of the participants in the match had any idea going in that Japan would end up crushing Spain in the Group stage finale. Beginning at midnight on Friday, December 2nd, hundreds of fans from both teams gathered at the Khalifa International Stadium for the start of the match. They had a bad day because Spain lost the game. That’s not how they pictured the competition going! The Spanish supporters clearly seemed disheartened as they left the stadium. Japan and their fans, on the other hand, had a great day because of the unexpected triumph. With six points and first place in Group Stage play, Japan advances to the next round’s Knockout Stage thanks to this victory. Every player of the Japan played extraordinary today to win the match. In this Group Stage Japan defeated two powerful football team and moved to the next round.
From the beginning of the match, Spain was able to establish complete dominance. Their 83% possession rate was far higher than Japan’s 17%, where they finished in last place. With a pass accuracy of 91%, 1058 total passes, and 2 corners, Spain dominated this encounter. However, Japan’s performance was far less impressive, with only 228 passes completed, a 67% pass accuracy rate, and zero corners. For the whole of the match, Spain dominated. They led in shots, passes, and possession, but came up short on scoring. Forget about who had more possession or who had more passes; in football, the only stat that matters is goals scored. This game was won by Japan because their goal total was higher than Spain’s.
While Japan didn’t have many scoring opportunities, they made the most of their opportunities when they arose. There were three goals in this game, two of which were scored by Japan and one by Spain. As the halftime whistle blew, Spain led 1-0. They were fantastic throughout the game, and only terrible luck prevented them from winning by more. Alvaro Morata put Spain up 1-0 just 11 minutes into the match. It’s 1-0 in favor of them at the break.
In the second period, both goals were scored. After a tight first half, Japan seized the initiative in the second to pull ahead of their opponents. Japan accounted for both of the goals. Because of their performance, Spain is now awake. At the 48-minute mark, Japan scored the game’s first goal after finding a way past the Spanish defense. Ritsu Doan scored a spectacular goal in the crucial moment. Both sides have received scoring opportunities, and the score is tied at one. At 51:01, Ao Tanaka scored the decisive goal for Japan. It was as simple as that, and they blew everyone away to take the lead in the match, which they would go on to win. The Spanish team played hard and tried their best to score, but the Japanese defense and goalkeeper were simply too good.
Thanks to their victory, Japan now has six points and is in first place in Group E. Japan won two of their group stage games and lost one of their match. With four points, Spain has moved up to second place. Germany was eliminated from the World Cup despite winning their final match. This was due to their team’s low point total.
On Monday, December 5th, Japan will take on Croatia at the Al Janoub Stadium at 9:00 p.m. The Education City Stadium will host Spain’s match against Morocco on Tuesday, December 6 at 9.00 p.m. These games will be thrilling, as the losing team will be eliminated from the World Cup.
Spain vs Japan
|1st Half||2nd Half||Full Time|
Alvaro Morata – (Spain) – 11′
Ritsu Doan – (Japan) – 48′
Ao Tanaka – (Japan) – 51′