World Cup 2022: 10 takeaways from Matchday 8

The upsets continued on day seven of the FIFA World Cup 2022 as Costa Rica and Morocco ambushed Japan and Belgium. It was a day where we also saw the Germans given a lifeline as they managed to get a much needed point against Spain.

There was that and plenty more to take away from the four matches on the day. Here are 10 takeaways for our OBSERVER ONLINE readers.

Costa Rica's defender #04 Keysher Fuller celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E football match between Japan and Costa Rica at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 27, 2022.Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP
1. Los Ticos surprise

After a 7-0 pounding at the hands of Spain, Costa Rica were expected to be put to the sword against Japan. However, Los Ticos pulled off a surprise by defeating Japan 1-0 and becoming the first Concacaf team to win a game in Qatar.

Morocco players celebrate after Morocco's forward #14 Zakaria Aboukhlal scored his team's second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Belgium and Morocco at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on November 27, 2022.MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP
2. Morocco stuns Belgium

The North African side made their intentions clear as they comprehensively beat a disappointing Belgium side. The Moroccans now seem poised to go to the next round as they lead the group with 4 points.

Morocco's midfielder #07 Hakim Ziyech runs with the ball past Belgium's defender #21 Timothy Castagne during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Belgium and Morocco at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on November 27, 2022.Fadel Senna / AFP
3. Ziyech masterclass

After being sidelined for months at Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech got the perfect opportunity to show Coach Graham Potter what he is made of. Ziyech delivered a man-of-the-match performance, including an assist in the final minutes to secure a 2-0 victory .

Canada's English coach John Herdman (L) applauds after Croatia won the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Croatia and Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 27, 2022. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)
4.Canada booted from tournament

Canada will be disappointed to have fallen at the first hurdle at the World Cup despite credible performances against two of the top teams in the world. One may even argue that the Canadians were unlucky to lose their first group match as they dominated the Belgians. Croatia, despite their shaky start, bounced back to knock the North Americans out of the tournament with a 4-1 drubbing.

Croatia's defender #06 Dejan Lovren (L) and Croatia's defender #22 Josip Juranovic (R) celebrate after their team won the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Croatia and Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 27, 2022.Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP
5.Davies rebounds as Canada gets first World Cup goal

After missing a penalty against Belgium, Alphonso Davies was determined to prove himself versus Croatia. Despite scoring his country’s first ever World Cup goal and giving a superb performance, his efforts weren’t enough to beat a rampant Croatian side.

Croatia's defender #06 Dejan Lovren (L) and Croatia's defender #22 Josip Juranovic (R) celebrate after their team won the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Croatia and Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 27, 2022.Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP
6. Croatia still got it

Let’s be honest, the Croatians underwhelmed in their first match against Morocco. The 2018 World Cup finalists, however, came into their Canadian matchup with something to prove and that they did. They showed that they are still a viable threat in a 4-1 thrashing of the Concacaf winners.

Germany's forward #13 Thomas Mueller (L) shakes Germany's goalkeeper #01 Manuel Neuer's hand after the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E football match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 27, 2022.Odd ANDERSEN / AFP
7. Germany given a lifeline

Japan shocked Germany in their opening match giving them all to play for in their second fixture against Spain. It was a battle between two previous world champions and it didn’t disappoint as the football played today produced moments of drama and magic. The match ended 1-1 with both teams deservedly gaining a point.

Spain's defender #14 Alejandro Balde, Germany's forward #19 Leroy Sane, Spain's defender #20 Dani Carvajal, Germany's midfielder #18 Jonas Hofmann and Spain's defender #24 Aymeric Laporte vie for the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E football match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 27, 2022.François-Xavier MARIT / AFP
8. Sane's performance

Leroy Sane was a big miss in Germany’s first match and the Bayern Munich forward proved this when he came on as a sub and completely changed the game. Sane’s display of speed and skill caused the Spanish defense problems and at times he looked unplayable.

Spain's midfielder #05 Sergio Busquets (C-R) speaks to Spain's coach Luis Enrique (C-L) after the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E football match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 27, 2022.JAVIER SORIANO / AFP
9. Spain made to sweat

The 7-0 drubbing of Costa Rica made the world take notice of Luis Enrique’s men, and the Germans looked to be fighting a lost cause as the Spaniards came out firing in the early stages. However, as Hansi Flick’s men began to settle, the game became more competitive as it went along. Spain’s performance, although good, showed that they are not invincible.

Qatar's migrant workers watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E football match between Spain and Germany on November 27, 2022, at the Asian Town cricket stadium, on the outskirts of Doha. - The stadium has become a daily draw for thousands of the poorest workers who live in nearby dormitories away from Doha's glitzy shopping malls and restaurants. (Photo by David GANNON / AFP)
10. All eyes on Group E

The final set of group E matches are bound to be entertaining as all teams still have a fighting chance to qualify to the round of 16. Costa Rica’s upset against Japan leaves the group wide open with all four teams in contention for a round of 16 spot.

Diwani masters and Athena clarke , Online Reporters

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