Japan had surprised Germany as soon as on this World Cup. They did it once more on Friday – this time, additionally upsetting Spain within the course of. They usually did it on the similar venue as properly – the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.
In one of the vital dramatic evenings in World Cup historical past, the Asian giants staged an unbelievable second-half comeback, beat the 2010 world champions Spain 2-1 and, within the course of, knockout the 2014 world champions Germany, who exit the World Cup within the group stage for second time in a row.
As fortunes of all 4 groups in Group E swung from one excessive to a different, Japan topped the pool with six factors forward of Spain, who have been degree on factors with Germany (4) however sneaked into the final 16 forward of their European rivals owing to a superior objective distinction. Costa Rica, who have been in competition to progress for a couple of minutes after they led Germany however misplaced 4-2, completed on the backside of the group with three factors.