Beijing News On December 2, Beijing time, the 2022 Qatar World Cup continued, and in the highly competitive Group E, although the German team defeated Costa Rica, it still did not qualify. What are the stats worth paying attention to on this "most exciting" match day since the start of the competition?
Japan beat Spain 2-1 to have just 17.7 percent of possession, setting a record for the lowest possession in World Cup history.
Shogo Taniguchi (left) celebrates with Kaoru Mikasa.
Spain lost to Asian teams in regular time for the first time in World Cup history. Spain had previously met Asian teams 15 times, with 13 wins and 2 draws, both against South Korea (1994 and 2002).
Japan defeated Germany and Spain in the group stage. The Blue Warriors became only three teams in World Cup history to win twice after being at half-time down, following Brazil in 1938 and Germany in 1970.
Since the World Cup began to be counted in detail (1966), only two teams have made more than 700 passes in a single game and ultimately lost. These are Spain against Japan in the early hours of this morning and Germany against Japan in the first round of the group stage.
Against Japan, Morata opened the scoring for Spain. Since 2016, Morata has scored nine goals for Spain in European Championship and World Cup matches, the most of any player. He also became the second player since Sala in 1950 to score in Spain's first three World Cup matches.
Morata (left) shoots during the game. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Gang
Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 but still missed out on qualifying from the group. The Germanic Cars have been out of the group for two consecutive World Cups, after Germany had been able to break through from the group stage in 16 consecutive World Cups since 1954.
Against Costa Rica, Gnabry scored a header, his 21st and first for the German national team. The last time Germany scored a header in a World Cup match was against France in 2014.
Gnabry (bottom left) scores with a header in the game. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Pan Yulong
Against Costa Rica, the 36-year-old German goalkeeper Neuer has made 19 World Cup appearances, surpassing 1974 World Cup winner Germany goalkeeper Sepp Meyer (18) and Brazil's legendary goalkeeper Tafarel (18), becoming the most appearanced goalkeeper in World Cup history.
So far in this World Cup, two African teams, Morocco and Senegal, have advanced to the round of 16. This is only the second time in history that two African teams have advanced to the round of 16 at the same time, the first being Algeria and Nigeria in 2014. Morocco beat Croatia and Belgium to top the group, the first African team to top the World Cup group since Nigeria in 1998.
Morocco beat Canada 2-1. In the 40th minute, Morocco's Agrd scored his own goal for the 100th and first in this World Cup.
Belgium drew 0-0 with Croatia and missed out on qualifying from the group. This is the first time in the 21st century that they have failed to qualify from the group stage of a major competition (World Cup + European Cup). This World Cup is their sixth major tournament during this period.
Witsel and Belgium had to go home after the group stage.
So far in the World Cup, five Chelsea players have scored: Kai Havertz, Koulibaly, Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling and Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea now have as many goalscorers as Barca, tied for first place.
Edited by Zhang Yunfeng
Proofreader Zhao Lin