Here’s what’s happened today at the FIFA World Cup — and what’s happening tomorrow.
Today’s games saw another upset with Germany losing to Japan, while Costa Rica — the team that took New Zealand’s spot at the tournament — were thrashed 7-0 by Spain.
Games played on Thursday November 24. 2022
Germany 1 (Guendogan 33′ pen)
Japan 2 (Doan 75′, Asano 83′)
Spain 7 (Olmo 11′, Asensio 21′, Torres 31′ pen, 54′, Gavira 74′, Solver 90′, Morata 90+2′)
Costa Rica 0
Belgium 1 (Batshuayl 44′)
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Switzerland 1 (Embolo 48′)
Portugal’s sixth successive FIFA World Cup finals campaign begins with a Group H fixture against Ghana, who, absent in 2018, return to face the same team they met in their closing encounter eight years ago — a 2-1 defeat that led to both teams’ exit in Brazil.
Inaugural hosts and winners Uruguay kick off their 14th FIFA World Cup campaign against Korea Republic, who are representing Asia for a record-extending tenth finals in a row. The teams’ paths have crossed twice previously at the tournament, Uruguay winning both games, 1-0 in 1990 and 2-1 in 2010.
Africa’s most frequent FIFA World Cup participants Cameroon begin their eighth tournament with a first-ever fixture against Switzerland, who helped to eliminate four-time winners Italy on the road to Qatar.
The final two teams to get their campaigns underway, Brazil and Serbia last met in the decisive closing encounter of the 2018 group stage, Brazil winning 2-0 in Moscow to reach the round of 16 at Serbia’s expense.
Games to be played on Friday November 25, 2022
Uruguay v South Korea
Education City Stadium, Doha, 2am (NZT)
Portugal v Ghana
Stadium 974, Doha, 5am (NZT)
Brazil v Serbia
Lusail Stadium, Lusail, 8am (NZT)
Wales v Iran
Al Rayyan Stadium, Ar-Rayyan, 11pm (NZT)
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