|Welcome to Sportstar’s dwell weblog of the FIFA World Cup Group E match between Japan and Spain, being performed on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Qatar.|
Enrique’s religion in children!
Spain will start its match in opposition to Japan with the youngest beginning eleven in a FIFA World Cup match since its elimination within the 2006 knockout spherical in opposition to France.
Time to script historical past for Japan?
Japan and Spain have met simply as soon as this century with the Spaniards profitable that mate in 2001, which was a world pleasant. Or will or not it’s the final match for the Samurai Blues within the FIFA World Cup.
Japan vs Spain head-to head: April 25, 2001: Japan 0-1 Spain (Worldwide Pleasant)
Japan: Shuichi Gonda (GK), Shogo Taniguchi, Ko Itakura, Yuto Nagatomo, Takefusa Kubo, Hidemasa Morita, Junya Ito, Daichi Kamada, Ao Tanaka, Maya Yoshida, Daizen Maeda
Spain: Unai Simon (GK); Azpilicueta, Rodri, Pau Torres, Balde, Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Nico Williams, Dani Olmo, Morata
After conceding late to overlook out on a victory in opposition to Germany, Spain finds itself with some work left to do in opposition to Japan to ensure its spot within the spherical of 16 on the World Cup.
The Spaniards doen’t want a lot, although, as a result of a draw on Thursday will probably be sufficient, and even a loss might permit the crew to advance relying on the opposite Group E end result between Germany and Costa Rica.
Japan doesn’t have it as simple, however a win will assure the Japanese a spot within the knockout stage for the second straight time. It could be the primary time Japan advances previous the group stage in back-to-back tournaments. If Japan loses, although, the crew will head house.
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“It’s going to be a high-pressure sport for our gamers,” Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu mentioned Wednesday. “However we should consider in ourselves. The gamers should consider in themselves and so they should consider of their teammates to be able to battle in opposition to our opponent. Hopefully they may be capable of do their greatest and the end result will come.”
The Japanese opened their marketing campaign with a stunning win over four-time champion Germany earlier than dropping to Costa Rica. They had been eradicated by Belgium within the final 16 in Russia.
Spain, which conceded an 83rd-minute equalizer in opposition to Germany, may additionally go house with a loss if Costa Rica beats the Germans or if the Germans win large to beat Spain’s purpose distinction after its 7-0 opening win over Costa Rica.
A victory at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium will assure Spain first place within the group, and preserve it on monitor for a attainable matchup with five-time champion Brazil within the quarterfinals.
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“Hopefully we’ll get to face Brazil, as a result of that may imply that we completed in first place in our group,” Spain coach Luis Enrique mentioned. “To win a World Cup it’s good to beat each crew, so we’re not going to attempt to keep away from anybody.”
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Spain enters the ultimate spherical with 4 factors, another than each Japan and Costa Rica. Germany has one level.
“We’re not eager about our opponents within the knockout rounds,” Spain midfielder Koke Resurrección mentioned. “We have to beat Japan first after which we’ll see which crew we’ll should play in opposition to. If it’s Brazil within the quarterfinals, so be it, and we’ll attempt to put together for it as greatest as attainable.”
Germany’s probabilities of staying alive in Qatar will largely rely upon Spain profitable its match in opposition to Japan. Then a victory over Costa Rica can be sufficient for the Germans.
What might not assist Germany is the truth that Luis Enrique might rotate a few of his gamers after making just one change from the primary to the second sport — Dani Carvajal coming in for César Azpilicueta at proper again.
Teenager Gavi, who began within the first two matches, skilled individually from the group after the 1-1 draw with Germany due to a minor knee harm. He was anticipated to be out there for Thursday’s match however was not more likely to begin.
One other midfielder anticipated to be rested is 34-year-old Sergio Busquets, the one remaining participant from Spain’s World Cup-winning squad in 2010. Striker Álvaro Morata, who scored a purpose in every of the primary two matches after coming off the bench, may get a spot within the beginning lineup in opposition to Japan.
The under-23 squads of Spain and Japan met within the semifinals of final 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics, when Spain superior earlier than ultimately dropping to Brazil within the closing. A number of gamers from these squads made their senior groups in Qatar, together with Marco Asensio, who scored Spain’s winner in additional time within the semifinals in opposition to Japan, and Takefusa Kubo, who performs for Actual Sociedad within the Spanish league.
“Hopefully,” he joked, “if we win the World Cup we will placed on a live performance.”
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
The place will the Japan vs Spain World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Japan vs Spain match will kick-off on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.
When will the Japan vs Spain World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Japan vs Spain match will kick-off at 12:30 AM IST on December 2, 2022.
The place are you able to watch the Japan vs Spain match in India?
The Japan vs Spain World Cup opening match will probably be telecasted dwell on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and nicely as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will probably be dwell streamed on JioCinema.
The place are you able to watch the Japan vs Spain match outdoors India?
The next checklist exhibits the place you’ll be able to watch the Japan vs Spain match outdoors India:
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Reside Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports activities app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Reside Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Reside Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web site
Australia – TV: SBS; Reside Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports activities; Reside Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Reside Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Reside Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports activities, ITV; Reside Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Professional.