Day 4 of the 2022 World Cup featured a bit of everything from surprises to excellence.
Morocco and Croatia started early with a goalless draw. During the midday competitions, two giants took the field – Germany ended up on the chopping block while Spain put on the most dominant performance of the tournament. Canada and Belgium ended the day in a thrilling match that saw the Red Devils emerge with three points.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest moments from day four of the 2022 World Cup:
Japanese submarines shock Germany
Never underestimate the power of a substitution.
Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, trailing 1-0 against heavily favored Germany, came on for Japan to score back-to-back goals in the last 15 minutes, including this dismal game winner.
The Germans, who arrived in Qatar with high expectations after finishing bottom in their group in 2018, are now at risk of yet another early departure… all just eight years away from their 2014 World Cup victory.
And how did the Japanese fans celebrate their victory? Through Clean up around the Khalifa International Stadium.
Teenager Gavi delights in Spain’s 7-0 win
The latest child prodigy has arrived on the world stage in historic fashion.
Spain put on a real team effort in their 7-0 win over Costa Rica but it was teenage midfielder Gavi who grabbed the headlines as he became the third youngest player to score at the World Cup. Only Brazilian Pele and Mexican Manuel Rosas were younger than Gavi, who is 18 years and 110 days old.
His goal came two days after 19-year-old Jew Bellingham put one in for England. Between Bellingham, Gavi and 19-year-old Spanish teammate Pedri, this World Cup is shaping up to be a showcase for young talent.
Thibaut Courtois saves Alphonso Davies’ penalty
Within minutes of kick-off, it looked as if Belgium were destined to join Argentina and Germany in the surprise corner as Canada’s Alphonso Davies advanced to execute a penalty on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Despite being one of the Bundesliga’s best players and the heart and soul of Canada’s national team, Davies had only scored one penalty in his professional career – club or national. That inexperience could have been the difference as Courtois dove right to block Davies’ shot, giving the Belgian defense time to swarm and prevent a second try.
Canada beat Belgium 22-9, but the Red Devils made the best of their attempts, taking the lead in the 44th minute and clinging to a 1-0 win.