Soccer Fans Go Berserk on Social Media After Crazy Drama Filled Evening Sees Japan Spoil Germany’s Hopes Again At the FIFA World Cup 2022

Published 12/01/2022, 4:09 PM EST
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Japan v Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 1, 2022 Japan players celebrate qualifying for the knockout stages REUTERS/Paul Childs

The top spots in Group E were decided in dramatic fashion after Japan shocked the world by beating tournament favorites, Spain, to finish atop the group. Spain, despite losing, has qualified for the next round of the FIFA World Cup. However, Germany crashed out of the competition, which is arguably the biggest shock of the competition so far.

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Germany won against Costa Rica in their final game of the group. However, it wasn’t enough as a better goal difference sees Spain qualify for the knockouts. Dark horses, Japan, managed to beat both Germany and Spain in the group and topped the group.

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Fans were shocked after the results and took to social media to react.

Fans react to Group E drama as Germany eliminated from the FIFA World Cup

Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 as they came from behind. However, even after a win, they failed to qualify for the knockouts. Earlier in the tournament, Spain opened their World Cup campaign with a huge win over Costa Rica, which proved to be the difference, as they pipped Germany to make it to the Round of 16. Fans were shocked to see Germany’s exit from the group stages for the 2nd time in a row; they suffered a similar fate in the 2018 edition.

Following are some of the reactions to the latest drama:

This is the 2nd consecutive time Germany was eliminated from the group stages of the competition. Many had expected them to go deep into the competition and fight some strong sides in the mega-event. However, Hansi Flick’s side will now have to reflect upon their poor campaign and build for the next Euros.

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Spain, on the other hand, qualified as the 2nd placed team in the group, behind Japan. They will now face Group F leaders Morocco, who finished their group stages with 7 points. Japan will face Group F’s 2nd placed team, Croatia in the Round of 16.

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All groups in the competition have been decided but two. Groups G and H will be decided next, which will mark the end of the group stages of the soccer World Cup. However, more entertainment follows as some exciting knockout fixtures await.

Which team do you think will lift the World Cup? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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