At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Japan defeated Spain 2-1 in their third match in Group E and advanced to the round of 16 as the leader.

    With this result, Japan won its second victory and finished Group E at the top with 6 points. Spain, which suffered its first defeat, took the second place with 4 points and average and made its name in the last 16 rounds.

    Japan will face Croatia, the runner-up of Group F, in the round of 16. Spain will face Morocco, the leader of Group F.

    Spain took the lead in the 11th minute. In the head shot of Morata, who rose well in the six-past from the right diagonal to the middle of Azpilicueta, he met with round leather nets: 0-1.

    Alvaro Morata scored his third goal in Qatar 2022.

    The first half of the match ended with Spain’s 1-0 advantage.

    In Japan, the moves made by coach Hajime Moriyasu at the beginning of the second half were successful and the Asian representative scored 2 goals in 3 minutes.

    After Balde’s mistake in the 48th minute, goalkeeper Simon’s effort was not enough in Doan’s hard shot from the right of the penalty arc, and he met with round leather nets: 1-1.

    Japan, who did not slow down, found the second goal in the 51st minute. Tanaka, who completed the ball in front of the goal line, which Mitoma turned in at the last moment on the back post from Doan’s right inside the penalty area, sent the leather ball into the nets. However, the referee of the match, Victor Gomes, canceled the goal on the grounds that Mitoma turned the leather ball from the outside. After the VAR review, referee Gomes showed the midpoint: 2-1.

    In the remaining part, Spain could not evaluate the positions they captured and Japan won the fight 2-1.

    Group E leader Japan and runner-up Spain will compete in the round of 16.

    Kou Itakura, who received his second yellow card in Japan, will not be able to play in the round of 16 due to his suspension.

    It was announced that 44 thousand 851 fans followed the match.