Football World Cup in Qatar 2022: Liveblog for the group stage

That brings the day at the World Cup

Everything is at stake for the DFB-Elf on Thursday against Costa Rica. But the Germans also have to look at the game between Japan and Spain. Possible opponents will be determined in the afternoon.

Costa Rica – Germany (8 p.m. / ARD and MagentaTV)

After the worst start in German World Cup history since 1938, the DFB-Elf has to start the Tor-Turbo against the defensive artists from Central America. The mood is good after the draw against Spain. All 26 players are fit. It will be exciting to see who coach Flick will rely on on the offensive. Even one point can be enough for the Costa Ricans to advance.

Japan – Spain (8 p.m. / MagentaTV)

In order to get safely into the round of 16, Japan has to beat the next former world champion after Germany. Against Spain, Coach Moriyasu could again bring a similar eleven as against the DFB-Elf. His changes against Costa Rica drew criticism. Spain are in the best position as leaders with four points, even a draw is enough to advance. Playmaker Gavi has not been able to train twice recently.

Croatia – Belgium (4 p.m. / ARD and MagentaTV)

After the strong performance in the 4-1 win against Canada, one point is enough for the runner-up from Croatia to advance. Playmaker Luka Modric would be suspended if he received another yellow card in a possible round of 16. The nerves of the Belgians were on edge recently. A crisis meeting should bring about the turnaround. The team needs a win or a point and a high loss of Morocco against Canada.

Canada – Morocco (4 p.m. / MagentaTV)

The Moroccans could advance to the knockout stages of a World Cup for the first time in 36 years. The team around Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea FC) and Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain) only needs a draw against the bottom of the group Canada. The North Americans are already eliminated. After all, they scored their first goal at a World Cup, now they want their first point.

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