Japan stun Spain 2-1 to book place in World Cup last 16

Japan finish as winners of World Cup Group E, while Spain squeak through to the round of 16 on goal difference. Japan scored twice early in the second half to come from behind to defeat Spain 2-1. Alvaro Morata scored first for Spain in the 11th minute at Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday. Ritsu Doan equalised in the 48th with a left-footed shot from outside the box minutes after coming on as a substitute. Ao Tanaka added the second one from close range a few minutes later.
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Japan’s Doan savors answering Germany jibes at World Cup

Japan midfielder Ritsu Doan says he had to grit his teeth when he heard people saying his team would be an easy opponent for Germany at the World Cup. The 24-year-old sparked a remarkable comeback and arguably the biggest result in Japan’s World Cup history. Doan only needed four minutes to cancel Ilkay Gündogan's first-half penalty with the equalizer. Japan can theoretically even book its place in the second round with a win on Sunday.
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