Japan beat Spain 2-1 in World Cup

by: AZZONI TALES, Associated Press

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Japan scored twice early in the second half to come from behind to defeat Spain 2-1 and advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup on Thursday.

Ao Tanaka scored the winning goal from close range early in the second half. It took video review officials about two minutes to confirm that the ball had not gone out of bounds before the goal.

Álvaro Morata scored the first goal for Spain in the 11th minute at the Khalifa International Stadium, but Japan rallied after half-time. Ritsu Doan equalized in the 48th with a left-footed shot from outside the box, and Tanaka added the second a few minutes later.

Japan also upset Germany 2-1 in their opener at the same venue.


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