WC Day 4 – LIVE: Morocco vs Croatia, Germany vs Japan, Spain vs Costa Rica, Belgium vs Canada
It’s time for day four of the 2022 World Cup, and we’ve got some big hitters ready to take to the international stage today.
We kick things off with 2018 runners-up Croatia taking on Morocco as Zlatko Dalic’s golden generation go in search of tournament glory one last time.
Later, Germany face Japan looking to make amends after a pair of disappointing international tournaments, while Spain go toe-to-toe with Costa Rica.
Wednesday’s action concludes with Canada, making their first World Cup appearance since 1986, against Belgium.
World Cup fever / Lars Baron/GettyImages
The only way for Croatia to improve on their recent World Cup performance is to win the whole thing, and that mission begins against Morocco at 10:00 (GMT).
The Atlas Lions are not many to get out of the group, but a fast start against the tournament’s recent runners-up could put the world on notice.
Croatia’s key players remain their crafty veteran core with the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic. Morocco, meanwhile, have opted to recall Hakim Ziyech to the national set-up.
Hansi Flick makes his World Cup debut as Germany manager / Markus Gilliar – GES Sportfoto/GettyImages
Germany begin their quest for a joint-record fifth World Cup title with a showdown against Japan at 1 p.m.
Hansi Flick becomes the first man not named Joachim Low to lead Die Nationalelf at a major tournament since Jurgen Klinsmann at the 2006 World Cup on home soil.
His first task is to navigate a Japan outfit that have been tipped as dark horses should either Germany or Spain flatter to deceive in Group E.
Luis Enrique is up later / JAVIER SORIANO/GettyImages
Luis Enrique’s Spain tie against Costa Rica in Wednesday’s third match.
Los Ticos have actually been to a World Cup quarter-final more recently than La Roja, but know full well that this is a game where they will see some of the ball.
Spain will take some heart in knowing they were one penalty shootout away from reaching last summer’s Euro 2020 final and they head to Qatar with a slightly stronger squad.
Can Roberto Martinez go all the way? / Mohamed Farag/GettyImages
A veteran from Belgium plays against relative newcomers in Canada to close out Wednesday’s action.
Roberto Martinez’s men still boast some old favorites who bring plenty of experience and will be expected to make life difficult for John Herdman’s attack in Les Rouges’ first World Cup in 36 years.