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On the rise: seven of the World Cup’s biggest breakout stars
We pick players, including two from Morocco, who enhanced their reputations in Qatar and could become transfer targets

Will Unwin and John Brewin

15, Dec, 2022 @4:03 PM

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Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic promises his side will ‘not surrender’ in quarter-final
Croatia’s manager, Zlatko Dalic, said: ‘If it’s Brazil then let’s play our heart out,’ while the Japan head coach, Hajime Moriyasu, admitted his players need to improve at penalties

Andy Hunter at Al Janoub Stadium

05, Dec, 2022 @9:07 PM

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Croatia showed once again they are the masters of walking football | Nick Ames
Despite a lack of pace, Zlatko Dalic’s side have a habit of wearing the opposition down, as Japan found out in a shootout defeat

Nick Ames at Al Janoub Stadium

05, Dec, 2022 @8:59 PM

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Croatia beat Japan on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals – as it happened
Daizen Maeda put Japan ahead then Ivan Perisic equalised for Croatia, and with neither side able to score again we went to penalties, Dominik Livakovic’s three saves making him the hero

Daniel Harris

05, Dec, 2022 @6:15 PM

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Croatia knock Japan out of World Cup after Livakovic’s heroics in shootout
Dominik Livakovic saved three penalties as Croatia won 3-1 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw at Al Janoub Stadium

Andy Hunter at Al Janoub Stadium

05, Dec, 2022 @6:12 PM

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Japan’s Samurai Blue ready to enter the fray once more against Croatia | Andy Hunter
Veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo’s rousing speech symbolises togetherness of a team determined to ease painful memories

Andy Hunter in Doha

04, Dec, 2022 @4:59 PM

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Diverse World Cup knockout stage a leap forward for Africa and Asia
Every inhabited continent is represented at the last 16 in Qatar, aided by a crop of tactically smart, quick-thinking coaches

Nick Ames in Doha

03, Dec, 2022 @1:44 PM

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Luis Enrique oblivious to team’s peril during Spain’s ‘collapse’ against Japan
Spain briefly faced World Cup elimination but the coach claims he was entirely focused on their struggles at the Khalifa Stadium

Sid Lowe in Doha

02, Dec, 2022 @11:52 AM

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Spain have ‘nothing to celebrate’ despite evading path to Brazil, says Luis Enrique
Spain lost to Japan 2-1 but their second-placed finish means a potential quarter-final against Brazil is avoided

Paul MacInnes at Khalifa International Stadium

02, Dec, 2022 @12:40 AM

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Simón plays Spain into trouble as Japan turn World Cup upside down again | Sid Lowe
Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan won a game that seemed way beyond them in a wild and extraordinary group decider with Unai Simón playing Spain into trouble

Sid Lowe at Khalifa International Stadium

01, Dec, 2022 @10:22 PM

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Japan 2-1 Spain: World Cup 2022 – as it happened
Japan came back from 1-0 down to beat Spain – a result that dumped Germany out of the World Cup – though in controversial style

John Brewin

01, Dec, 2022 @9:17 PM

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Japan shock Spain in dramatic style to send Germany tumbling out of World Cup
Japan came back from a goal behind to beat Spain 2-1 with goals from Ritsu Doan and a controversial winner from Ao Tanaka

Paul MacInnes at Khalifa International Stadium

01, Dec, 2022 @9:12 PM

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