Japan, Spain advance as Germany ousted

Just when you thought the World Cup was in peak chaos on Wednesday, Even on Thursday, there were ups and downs. Group (E) which is Costa Rica; Germany All four teams from Japan and Spain have at some point made it to the last 16 or outright.

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Group E chaos: Japan; Spain Germany faces a reboot.

One of the World Cup’s more interesting groups appears to be aligned, as predicted at halftime of both teams’ late games on Thursday: Previous winners Spain and Germany will advance, while Japan and Costa Rica will go home.

When the final whistle blew, Japan topped Group E with Spain beating Spain, and Germany (yes, a team with four World Cups) joined by Costa Rica on the outside.

Alvaro Morata’s early goal put Spain in control of Japan in the first half, while Serge Gnabry’s 10th-minute goal put Germany ahead of Costa Rica. But as we should always expect in these contests, The tables are turning, The scripts are flipped and chaos ensues.

Both Costa Rica and Japan emerged from their respective sealed rooms after the half-time fire, scoring two goals each in their respective matches, and suddenly it was all over the place. Even Costa Rica, who lost 7-0 to Spain but came back to beat Japan in 2 minutes 55 seconds, were in the driver’s seat to qualify.

When the dust settled, it was Japan who were helped by a controversial VAR decision after beating Spain 2-1 as group leaders. Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Spain’s superior goal difference.

What about this Japanese goal?

Of particular note is Japan’s second decisive goal. In the 51st minute, Ao Tanaka deflected Kaoru Mitoma’s cross from the goal line and kicked the ball. Initially ruled on the line when the assistant flag went up, the ball was not fully crossed and it was decided to continue play.

Do you see that? Don’t believe? Explore the details on the VAR decision here or check out ESPN’s rules extraordinaire Dale Johnson’s analysis of the goal that ultimately sealed Germany’s World Cup fate.



ESPN FC’s Dale Johnson explains why VAR chose not to allow Japan a second goal against Spain.

Is it over for Germany?

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Technically, Germany did what was necessary. Defeated Costa Rica, albeit short. Los Ticos Kai Havertz’s cross and Niclas Fullkrug’s late kick in the second half. But Spain’s goal difference in last week’s win over Costa Rica also cost Japan’s controversial goal.

It was a bittersweet way to exit the World Cup, especially for a traditional powerhouse like Germany. After winning the 2014 World Cup, the four-time champions suffered two consecutive group stage exits.

Coach Hansi Flick’s managerial position is now in limbo and could lead to a major overhaul of German football. Thomas Muller Manuel Neuer Antonio Rudiger Long-serving players such as Mario Gotze and Ilkay Gundogan are likely to find their way onto the international stage.



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Your Best Bets (Odds via Caesars Sportsbook)

If you want to bet on the World Cup, ESPN contributor Paul Carr; Dan Thomas and Dalen Cuff give you the odds; We are here to give you important advice on options and the future. Here’s what we have for Friday’s matches.

Group G: Cameroon (+750) and Brazil (-275); draw (+375);

Dalen Cuff: If it’s broken, don’t fix it. I am going to raise money for this for the third time. Brazil will dominate the ball in this game. take A Seleção (+114) to win nil.

Paul Carr: Through two group games, Brazil have allowed just 11 goals and 0.5 goals against, and have featured in all three of the tournament’s best defenses. Brazil’s depth is less, but there are concerns about the division here. I really like winning without betting. I just want to see who starts first.

Daniel Thomas Brazil is the best team in the tournament. Even if they retire key players, they are still full of quality. I want Brazil to win 3-0.

Group G: Serbia (+150) and Switzerland (+180); draw (+230);

bracelet: Switzerland will need a draw. They are a solid defensive group and Yann Sommer is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Serbia are well placed in this tournament and need all three points to win. I think Switzerland managed this game well and got the draw they needed (+225).

car- Switzerland only needed a draw as Cameroon were a veteran team that could simply do what was needed to beat Brazil. They outscored their opponents 15-2 in qualifying and drew 1-1 and 0-0 with Italy. Serbia’s attack hasn’t quite clicked (2.1 goals in two games) and Switzerland will continue that trend in a low-scoring game. Under 2.5 goals at -130.

Thomas: Score goals below. This is not going to be fun to watch.

Group H: Ghana (+390) and Uruguay (-140); draw (+300);

bracelet: Ghana’s performances were entertaining because of their ability to put the ball in the net (5 goals), but also because of their prowess in scoring (5 goals) and conceding (5 goals). The Black Stars are likely to advance with just a draw (assuming South Korea can’t beat Portugal); While Uruguay need to win any chance. Uruguay were unlucky to concede three times in two games. I think we will take advantage of the opportunities from the start of the event. The Black Stars could be on the board. That’s why I like 2.5 goals at -105.

car- On the same page, Uruguay should have 1.9 goals already given 1.9 projected goals. In addition, Both of Ghana’s matches have at least an expected goal of 1.0 in each match, with each team having plenty of chances. Both teams will score at -110.

Thomas: I like Ghana. They are great value at +390. Uruguay have not impressed so far.

Group H: South Korea (+375) vs Portugal (-150); draw (+300);

bracelet: South Korea should win against Ghana and create a lot of chances. The line-up will be interesting for qualified Portugal. I’m not sure if I should play this game. The starting 11 will have to be watched for sure. Mainly, I like both teams to score (-115) if they lead Portugal to win this group.

car- After what happened to France’s best starting line-up on Wednesday, we won’t touch on this game until we see Portugal’s starters.

Thomas: I also enjoyed both teams scoring and I thought this was thoroughly entertaining.

News and Notes

  • United States midfielder Cristiano Pulisic said Thursday that he will do his best to play in Saturday’s World Cup round of 16 match against the Netherlands. Pulisic’s official status remains day-to-day with a pelvic hernia, a U.S. Soccer spokesperson said.

  • Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been diagnosed with bronchopneumonia after undergoing new medical tests at a Sao Paulo hospital on Thursday, sources told ESPN Brasil. Kely Nascimento, his daughter, said he was hospitalized Tuesday to adjust medication to fight a colon tumor. She added that there was no “emergency” regarding the 82-year-old father’s health.

  • Mexico national team director Jaime Ordiales said the country’s early group stage exit from the 2022 World Cup was a professional embarrassment and vowed to rebuild for the next World Cup. It was also Mexico’s worst World Cup performance in 40 years. Al Tri They have made it past the first round of seven previous World Cups in a row.

  • Merritt Paulson has announced his intention to sell NWSL club Portland Thorns amid continued pressure over allegations of sexual harassment and coercion against former Thorns manager Paul Riley, who fired him for cause in 2015. That pressure — from fans and sponsors — grew after the release of the Yates Report, which detailed systematic sexual and psychological abuse throughout the league. Paulson, who also owns the Portland Timbers, has no intention of selling the MLS team.

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Matchups for Friday

Group H: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium, 10am)

Portugal need to stay healthy and avoid humiliation, and South Korea could use the opportunity to ride out Son Heung-min’s spark. Will we see Cristiano Ronaldo or retire?

Group H: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, 10am)

Remember Luis Suarez’s handball that helped Uruguay topple the Black Stars at the 2010 World Cup in this seismic game – there’s as much on the line as both can climb. Ghana win or draw (if South Korea loses); Should Uruguay win (and South Korea lose), they have a chance to advance. Skip some meetings to connect.

Group G: Serbia vs. Switzerland (Stadium 974, 2 p.m. ET)

There was plenty of hostility after their stormy encounter at the 2018 World Cup, but both sides emerged victorious and advanced to the round of 16.

Group G: Cameroon vs. Brazil (Lusa Icon Stadium, 2 p.m. ET)

It’s unlikely that Brazil will lose, but considering the chaos in both Groups C and E this week, anything is possible. A win for Cameroon, with some help from Serbia/Switzerland, will see them through to the round of 16.


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