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World Cup 2022 Group E: Fixtures, results, standings, squads & full details

4:09 PM EST 12/1/22
World Cup Group E
Everything you need to know about the group that includes former champions Spain and Germany

Group E of the 2022 World Cup featured former world champions Germany and Spain alongside Costa Rica and Japan.

Japan punched way above their weight in a group where they shouldn't even have qualified on paper. They not only qualified for the Round of 16, but also topped Group E in a group consisting of Spain and Germany, both of which the Samurai Blue defeated. Japan will take on 2018 runners-up Croatia in the Round of 16.

Spain are always one of the favourites heading into a World Cup, with their 7-0 win over Costa Rica in their opening group game further rubber-stamping their credentials. However, they lost momentum into the next two games, drawing 1-1 against Germany and falling to a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan in the final group game to finish runners-up in Group E to set up a clash against Morocco in the Round of 16.

Germany were the other victim of the Japanese efficiency, falling to a 2-1 defeat in the opening group game and leaving them with a mountain to climb. In the final group game against Costa Rica, Hansi Flick's side were leading 1-0 at half-time, with Spain also leading Japan by the same scoreline simultaneously. Germany were progressing to the Round of 16 as things stood, However, an inspiring second half comeback from Japan meant that Germany crashed out of the group stage of a World Cup for the second successive time, even if they managed a 4-2 win.

Costa Rica's hammering at the hands of Spain meant that they needed two wins out of two to progress to the Round of 16. They did manage to beat table toppers Japan 2-1 in their next game. The Costa Ricans were also leading Germany 2-1 at the 70th minute in their final group game, taking them to second place in the group as things stood then. However, Die Mannschaft scored 3 goals in the last 20 mins to end Costa Rica's hopes.

  • Group E fixtures and results

    Date

    KO time (local time)

    Fixture

    Venue

    November 23

    16:00

    Germany 1-2 Japan

    Khalifa International Stadium

    November 23

    19:00

    Spain 7-0 Costa Rica

    Al Thumama Stadium

    November 27

    13:00

    Japan 0-1 Costa Rica

    Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

    November 27

    22:00

    Spain 1-1 Germany

    Al Bayt Stadium

    December 1

    22:00

    Japan 2-1 Spain

    Khalifa International Stadium

    December 1

    22:00

    Costa Rica 2-4 Germany

    Al Bayt Stadium

  • Group E table

    Position

    Country

    Played

    W

    D

    L

    GD

    Points

    1

    Japan

    3

    2

    0

    1

    +1

    6

    2

    Spain

    3

    1

    1

    1

    +6

    4

    3

    Germany

    3

    1

    1

    1

    +1

    4

    4

    Costa Rica

    3

    1

    0

    2

    -8

    3

  • Group E squads

    Spain squad

    PositionName
    GoalkeepersUnai Simon, David Raya, Robert Sanchez
    DefendersCesar Azpilicueta, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Jose Gaya, Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporte
    MidfieldersSergio Busquets, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Rodri, Koke, Gavi, Carlos Soler
    AttackersAlvaro Morata, Yeremy Pino, Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati, Nico Williams

    Costa Rica squad

    Position

    Name

    Goalkeepers

    Keylor Navas, Patrick Sequeira, Esteban Alvarado

    Defenders

    Juan Pablo Vargas, Keysher Fuller, Oscar Duarte, Bryan Oviedo, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Carlos Martinez, Ronald Matarrita, Daniel Chacon

    Midfielder

    Celso Borges, Anthony Hernandez, Jewison Bennette, Bryan Ruiz, Douglas Lopez, Gerson Torres, Roan Wilson, Alvaro Zamora, Brandon Aguilera, Yeltsin Tejeda, Youstin Salas

    Attackers

    Anthony Contreras, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell

    Germany squad

    PositionName
    GoalkeepersManuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp, Marc-Andre ter Stegen
    DefendersAntonio Rudiger, Matthias Ginter, Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Sule, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Nico Schlotterbeck, Lukas Klostermann, Christian Gunter, David Raum
    MidfieldersJoshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt, Jonas Hofmann, Mario Gotze
    AttackersKai Havertz, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Karim Adeyemi, Youssoufa Moukoko, Niclas Fullkrug

    Japan squad

    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

  • KO times in USA, UK & India

    Qatar time

    UK

    USA (ET)

    India

    13:00

    11:00

    06:00

    15:30

    16:00

    14:00

    09:00

    18:30

    18:00

    16:00

    11:00

    20:30

    19:00

    17:00

    12:00

    21:30

    22:00

    20:00

    15:00

    00:30