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Japan vs Spain: FIFA World Cup Live Stream, Form Guide, Head to Head, Schedule, Fixture and Probable Lineups

Japan remain in the hunt to qualify for the knockout stage for the second successive World Cup, and know that a victory will definitely seal their place in the next round irrespective of what happens in the other match of the group.

File photo of Japan's training session ahead of their crucial E fixture against Spain on Thursday; Credit: Twitter/@jfa_samuraiblue
By Sreejith C R | Dec 1, 2022 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Japan and Spain will go head to head in a crucial Group G fixture, aiming to secure a spot in the knockouts of Qatar World Cup. Spain are currently occupying top spot in the group with four points to their name from two games, while the Samurai Blue are sitting one place behind them, with three points, level with third-placed Costa Rica, but separated by goal-difference. Surprisingly, Germany are languishing at the bottom with just a solitary point. Meanwhile, all four teams in the group are very much alive in the race to qualify for the last -16 stage. Japan started off their campaign with an historic 2-1 win over Germany, before losing to Costa Rica 1-0 on Sunday. La Roja, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 draw against Germany in their second outing, following a thumping 7-0 win in  the first fixture. 

Japan have had an adventurous tournament thus far. After securing a come from behind victory over four-time champions Die Mannschaft in their opening match, many tipped the Asian powerhouse to take all three points against Costa Rica on Sunday. However, Keysher Fuller’s late strike denied Japan the opportunity to book a place in the last-16 with a game to spare. Hajime Moriyasu’s side remain in the hunt to qualify for the round of 16 stage for the second successive World Cup, and know that a victory will definitely seal their place in the next round irrespective of what happens in the other match of the group between Germany and Costa Rica. 

Spain, on the other hand, have been in stunning form, having scored eight goals in two games, while conceding only once. Last time out, Alvaro Morata broke the deadlock against Germany with his second goal of the tournament. However, Die Mannschft restored parity in the 83rd minute courtesy of Niclas Fulkrug’s powerful shot from inside the box. The result meant that the qualification scenario will go down the wire. Luis Enrique’s side wil be confident of returning to winning ways on Thursday as they have never lost in the five previous meetings against Asian outfits. 

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Probable Lineups

Japan full-backs Takehiro Tomiyasu and Hiroke Sakai are sidelined with hamstring injuries, while midfielder Wataru Endo, is also doubtful for Thursday’s game because of a knee problem. Captain Maya Yoshida, who is set to  earn his 125th international cap, would continue to marshall the back-four alongside Miki Yamnae, Ko Itakura and Yuto Nagatomo. Titsu Doan and Takuma Asan, who both scored against Germany, could be included in the starting eleven. As for Germany, midfielder Gavi, who gave a brilliant performance against Costa Rica, is having a hamstring issue and may be rested against the Samurai Blue. Therefore either of Koke, Marcus Soler or Marcus Llorente could join Segio Busquets and Pedri the the engine room. 


Japan probable starting lineups: Gonda, Yamane, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Tanaka, Morita, Doan, Kamada, Kubo, Maeda, 

Spain probable starting lineup:  Simon, Carvajal, P. Torres, Laporte, Alba, Koke, Ridri, Pedri, F Torres, Morata, Olmo

Form Guide

OpponentsScore
Costa Rica0-1 (L)
Germany1-2 (W)
Canada1-2 (L)
Ecuador 0-0 (L)
USA2-0 (W)

Spain

OpponentsScore
Germany1-1 (D)
Costa Rica7-0 (W)
Jordan1-3 (W)
Portugal0-1 (W)
Switzerland1-2 (L)

Head to Head

Last matchResult
Spain beat Japan1-0

Japan vs Spain Schedule and Fixture

The FIFA World Cup match between Japan and Spain will take place at Khalifa International Stadium on Friday at 12:30 am IST.

Japan vs SpainKey Details
DateDecember 1
VenueKhalifa international Stadium
Kickoff time in India12:30 am (Friday)
Kickoff time in Japan4:00 am (Thursday)
Kickoff time in Spain8:00 pm (Thursday)
Kickoff time in Qatar10:00 pm (Thursday)

Where to watch Japan vs Spain?

The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that Jio Cinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Besides, the match between Japan and Spain can be seen on Fuji TV and AbemaTV  in Japan; and fubotv Espana, Gol Mundial andTVE La 2 in Spain.



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