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Heavy Weights Germany, Belgium Eliminated From World Cup

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Two European powerhouses have crashed out in the first round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Belgium were held to a goalless draw in their crucial match against Croatia, leaving them third in Group F.

Morocco edged Canada 2-1, and advanced to the pe-quarter final as group champions, followed by Croatia.

Although Germany rounded off the preliminary stage with a 4-2 win over Costa Rica in group E, Japan defeating Spain 2-1 at the same time meant that Germans ended up third in the group behind the Spanish on goal difference.

Four years ago, Germany crashed out unexpectedly at the group stage of the Russia World Cup, and history repeated in Qatar.

Morocco survived a courageous Canada comeback to win 2-1 and advance to the knockout phase as Group F winners. Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En Nesyri had the Atlas Lions 2-0 up inside 25 minutes, but Nayef Aguerd's own-goal in the 40th minute went in Canada's credit.

In Round 2, Morocco will face Spain, the runners-up in Group E.

The opening half of the Group F match between Belgium and Croatia produced not much notable action, and a quick and ambitious second-half display by Belgium did not succeed in breaking the Craots' defense. It finally resulted in a first World Cup group-stage exit in four appearances for Belgium.

Japan is the next opponent for Croatia.

Japan, the black horse of Qatar, on Thursday added yet another episode to this World Cup of shocks by recovering from one goal behind to score two quick goals for victory against Spain.

Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Spain in the 11th minute. At 48 minutes, Japan equalized through Ritsu Doan. They scored their second goal within three minutes with a close-range lightning shot by Ao Tanaka.

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