2022 FIFA World Cup
2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup Japan vs Spain: Where To Watch, Live Streaming, Date, Timing, Squad, Lineups, Venue:

Japan can secure their qualification to the knockouts at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, if they manage to topple Spain in their penultimate Group E clash. The Samurai started this campaign in a blistering manner, beating the mighty Germans in their opener coming back from a goal down. However, they failed to carry the momentum as Hajime Moriyasu’s side fell to Costa Rica in their second group stage outing.

That leaves them with some work to do in this showdown against the 2010 champions if they are to qualify for the Round of 16 in consecutive editions of the World Cup finals. Meanwhile, a draw would also do for Japan, if the other game between Costa Rica and Germany ends with the same result. But a win would always please the Japan team who know how to cause upsets. This will be their first competitive fixture against Spain, having last played them in 2001 in a friendly, where the La Roja managed a narrow 1-0 win.

2022 FIFA World Cup
2022 FIFA World Cup: Spain missed a fine chance to secure their last-16 ticket against Germany. Credits: Twitter

On the other hand, Spain lost a chance to secure their last-16 berth against Germany as they looked frustrated not to collect all three points despite taking the lead in the game. Nonetheless, they still need only a point against Japan now to go through, but that would jeopardize their position as the table toppers. Another stalemate in this fixture, coupled with Costa Rica’s win over Germany would mean Spain will have to go into the knockouts as the runners-up.

Luis Enrique won’t risk his team’s top-spot in the Group E and go all guns blazing against the Asians. However, the former Barcelona manager would still like to make some heavy rotations to his team which played a very intense game against Germany. With knockouts almost locked for them, Enrique would like to keep his preferred lot fresh for the last-16 tie where they could face either of Croatia, Morocco or Belgium.

2022 FIFA World Cup Japan vs Spain: Where To Watch, Live Streaming, Date, Timing, Squad, Lineups, Venue

The Japan vs Spain clash will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 2. This 2022 FIFA World Cup game will kick-off at 12:30 AM [IST].

Date Match Time (IST) Venue
2 December 2022 Japan vs Spain 12:30 AM Khalifa Int’l

Japan vs Spain – Squads

Japan

Position Name
Goalkeepers Eiji Kawashima, Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt
Defenders Yuto Nagatomo, Miki Yamane, Shogo Taniguchi, Ko Itakura, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Hiroki Sakai, Yuta Nakayama, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Ito
Midfielder Gaku Shibasaki, Wataru Endo, Daichi Kamada, Takumi Minamino, Hidemasa Morita, Yuki Soma, Ao Tanaka, Ritsu Doan
Attackers Takefusa Kubo, Daizen Maeda, Kaoru Mitoma, Junya Ito, Takuma Asano, Ayase Ueda
2022 FIFA World Cup
2022 FIFA World Cup: Japan stumbled against Costa Rica despite their solid win over Germany. Credits: Twitter

Predicted Line-up:

Gonda; Yamane, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Tanaka, Morita; Doan, Kamada, Kubo; Maeda

Spain

Position Name
Goalkeepers Unai Simon, David Raya, Robert Sanchez
Defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Jose Gaya, Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporte
Midfielders Sergio Busquets, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Rodri, Koke, Gavi, Carlos Soler
Attackers Alvaro Morata, Yeremy Pino, Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati, Nico Williams

Predicted Line-up:

Simon; Carvajal, Garcia, Laporte, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; F. Torres, Morata, Olmo

Japan vs Spain – Where to watch, Livestreaming

Sports18 SD and HD channels will live telecast this fixture in India, as JioCinema will livestream the game.