Japan’s upset of Germany in Group E was the big result Wednesday in Qatar, where World Cup group play continued. The Japanese scored two second-half goals to stun the 2014 champions, 2-1. Spain, the 2010 champion, avoided a similar fate against Costa Rica in the other Group E game, winning, 7-0. Croatia, a 2018 finalist, began the day with a scoreless draw with Morocco in the Group F opener, and Belgium concluded the slate with a 1-0 victory in the other Group F game against Canada, which was making its first World Cup appearance since 1986.
World Cup in Qatar
The latest: The World Cup continues with Group G winner Brazil taking on Group H runner-up South Korea in a round-of-16 game in Doha, Qatar. The winner of this game will play Croatia in a quarterfinal on Friday after the Croatians beat Japan in penalty kicks earlier Monday. Follow our live coverage for the latest news, analysis and highlights.
USMNT: The U.S. men’s national team fell to the Netherlands, 3-1, on Saturday in the opening match of the round of 16. The United States has not won a World Cup knockout match since 2002, when it beat regional rival Mexico in the round of 16 in South Korea.
Knock out round schedule: A World Cup group stage filled with shocking upsets and dramatic turnarounds will now give way to a knockout round that promises more surprises.
Perspective: “The incremental progress was clear, but more than that, the players performed in a matter that indicates they are on a path to immense growth. There is a cohesion and energy about the United States that should inspire belief.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.