Saudi Arabia and Japan beat Argentina and Germany respectively
France, England, Spain win the first game
Asian teams participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are knocking down giants one after another.
Japan’s national football team won 2-1 from behind against Germany in the first leg of Group E of the Qatar 2022 World Cup group stage held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on the 23rd at 10 :00 pm (Korea time). In the 33rd minute of the first half, Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) scored the first goal from a penalty kick, but in the second half Doan Ritz (Freiburg) and Takuma Asano (Bochum), who is active in Germany, scored. consecutive goals to win.
Germany is one of the best teams in the world, having won the World Cup four times. Ranked 11th in the FIFA rankings, it was evaluated as stronger than Japan (24th). Like Korea, which achieved the “Miracle of Kazan (2-0 victory against Germany)” four years ago, Japan focused on defense and then aimed for counter-attack. As a result, they won with a share of only 26.2%. This is the winning team with the second-lowest share in the history of the World Cup, and the first place is Korea (26.0%), who defeated Germany four years ago.
On the 22nd, the day before, Saudi Arabia captured Argentina’s Messi, who shone twice in the World Cup. Like Japan, after conceding the first goal from a penalty kick, they scored two consecutive goals in the second half to win the game. The Asian team lost their opening match to Qatar (0-2 against Ecuador), Iran (2-6 against England), and Australia (1-4 against France).) Criticized. However, he managed to ‘kill the giant’ two days in a row and keep the pride of Asian football.
Meanwhile, until 5:00 pm on the 24th, the fourth day of the opening, the winners other than Argentina and Germany are cruising. Following England and France, Spain, who played their first match on the morning of the 24th, also beat Costa Rica 7-0 and started the tournament with a huge win. Spain had a perfect performance with as many as six players scoring goals. At 18 years and 110 days old, Pablo Garvey (Barcelona) became the third youngest scorer in World Cup history.
The Netherlands, who came back after 8 years, defeated Senegal, which is evaluated as a dark horse, 2-0 after a struggle. Belgium, where the golden generation took part in the last World Cup, defeated Canada, which took part in the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, 1-0 thanks to a penalty save by goalkeeper Kurtua (Real Madrid).
Denmark and Tunisia, Mexico and Poland, and Morocco and Croatia drew without a goal. USA and Wales were tied 1-1. Gareth Bale (LA FC) scored from the penalty spot to score Wales’ first ever World Cup final.