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Japan advanced to the second round of World Cup  Qatar 2022 with a 2-1 victory over Spain at Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar Thursday.

Japan came from behind to take the three points that lifted them to the top of Group E and onto a second round fixture with Croatia in three days.

Alvaro Morata put the Spanish in the lead early in the first half. But Japan replied right after half time. First Ritsu Doan scored with a shot from outside the penalty area. And then Ao Tanaka scrambled the ball across the line to give his side a surpise lead.

Spain finished second in the group and so still advances to face Group F winners Morocco. Germany and Costa Rica were eliminated from the World Cup.

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Spain celebrates Alvaro Morata scoring againts Japan at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Ritsu Doan scores against Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Ao Tanaka scores the winning goal against Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Ao Tanaka celebrates scoring against Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Spain at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japanese fans celebrate advancing to the knockout round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japanese fans celebrate advancing to the knockout round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

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