Morocco 0-0 Croatia
- Morocco beat Croatia’s 2018 finalists with a 0-0 draw in their first game
- played out. The Croats had the better chances. Dejan Lovren had a goal from the line and Nikola Vlasic was saved by the legs of Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.
- Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesryi would have given North Africans an early lead, but couldn’t really touch Hakim Ziyech’s dangerous cross.
- In the second half, Achraf Hakimi’s powerful free kick was saved by Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
Deutschland 1-2 Japan
- Japan scores twice in the last 15 minutes and amazes four-time World Cup winner Germany.
- Goals from Doan and Asano secure a shocking 2-1 victory.
- Gundogan opened the goal for Germany with a penalty in 33rd minute.
- Both teams scored goals offside.
- Before the kickoff, German players posed with their hands of their mouths to apparently protest against the “OneLove” wristbands in front of FIFA.
Spain vs Costa Rica (17:00 CET)
Spain will play Costa Rica early in the afternoon.
The southern European country became world champion in 2010, the second of three major titles in a row that it won between the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
However, it was eliminated from the group stage in 2014 and was eliminated on penalties by host country Russia in the 2018 round of 16.
Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals in 2014 — its biggest World Cup success so far — but was unable to win a single game and was eliminated from the group stage four years ago. It is now ranked 31st in the world by FIFA.
Belgium vs Canada (20:00 CET)
Belgium is currently in second place in the FIFA rankings and will face Canada in 41st place in the evening.
The country has been a contender in recent years, finishing third in the 2018 World Cup and losing to Italy in the 2020 European Championships quarter-finals.
But the aging team has suffered injuries, and striker Romelu Lukaku will miss the game against Canada and perhaps the following match against Morocco.
Canada, on the other hand, is competing in the World Cup for the second time and is traveling to this tournament for the first time since Mexico 36 years ago.
Star winger Alphonso Davies will make his World Cup debut to give Canada a boost. Although considered the team’s best player, his current status is doubtful after straining his right Achilles tendon playing for Bayern Munich earlier this month.