FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan has made a good start in FIFA World Cup 2022. Japan beat Germany 2-1 in the first match of Group E on Wednesday. While Ikai (33rd minute) scored the only goal for Germany, Ritsuo Don (75th minute) and Takum Asano (83rd minute) scored goals for Japan.
Japan shocked Group-E favorites Germany. 17th ranked Japan defeated 12th ranked Germany. From the beginning of the match, the two teams faced each other in fierce competition. Germany, who dominated the first half, took a 1-0 lead with Ikai’s goal in the 33rd minute.
Even in the second half, Germany made a strong effort, but the Japanese defenders stopped it. As the game reached its final stage.. Ritsuo Don converted a penalty corner in the 75th minute to level the score at 1-1. Soon after, Takum Asano scored another goal to give Japan a 2-1 lead.
After that, no matter how much Germany tried, Japan did not give it a chance. The match between Morocco and Croatia as part of Group F ended in a poor draw. The Croatian team, which was the runner-up in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, did not shine much in this match.
Although Croatia attacked the goalpost several times, Morocco’s defense was strong, but they could not score any goals. In the first half-time, both teams tried to score but failed. The situation is the same in the second half. As both teams failed to score in extra time, one point was awarded.
Croatia will play against Canada in their next match; Morocco will settle its friendship with Belgium.