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World Cup Day 4 Live - Spain vs Costa Rica, Belgium vs Canada

Welcome to our live coverage of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Today is day 4 of the competition and I'd be your guide for the last two games of the day. I am Jidechi Chidiezie.

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16:30

Hello and welcome to our live blog of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. You can call me Jidechi, and I'd be your guide for today's final two matches

Morocco 0-0 Croatia
Morocco 0-0 Croatia
Germany 1-2 Japan
Germany 1-2 Japan
16:32

The first two games of the day saw:
In Group E: Japan came from behind to stun 2014 world champions Germany
In Group F: Morocco shared the spoils with Croatia

16:34

We have two more games to wrap up day four of the tournament, and Groups E and F
By 5 pm, its SPAIN vs COSTA RICA

By 8 pm, it will be BELGIUM vs CANADA

16:36

Find our preview on the first game of the day by clicking here: Spain vs Costa Rica

16:37

Now, here is how the starting XI for both teams look like

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Costa Rica XI: PSG's Keylor Navas is the man in goal for the North Americans

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Spain XI: And these are the men Luis Enrique have named to start this game

16:45

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Nov 2017: Spain 5-0 Costa Rica (int. friendly)

Jun 2015: Spain 2-1 Costa Rica (int. friendly)

Nov 2011: Costa Rica 2-2 Spain (int. friendly)

MATCH FORM HEADING INTO THE WORLD CUP:

Jordan 1-3 Spain

Portugal 0-1 Spain

Spain 1-2 Switzerland

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Costa Rica 2-0 Nigeria

Uzbekistan 1-2 Costa Rica

South Korea 2-2 Costa Rica

Costa Rica's captain and goalkeeper Keylor Navas
Costa Rica's captain and goalkeeper Keylor Navas
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SOMETHING TO NOTE:

Costa Rica have conceded one goal or none in ten of their last 11 competitive outings.

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17:00

1' KICK-OFF!

Spain 0-0 Costa Rica

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1' We are now underway at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha

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GOAL! What a start for the 2010 champions! Dani Olmo scores with a brilliant finish having receiving a deflected lofted pass from Gavi. Spain lead Cost Rica in Doha, 1-0

17:21

GOAL! Its Marco Asencioooooo! The Spaniard get himself to Jordi Alba cross and produces an accurate strike into the bottom right corner, and past Keylor Navas. Its Spain 2-0 Costa Rica

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IT'S A PENALTY FOR SPAIN! Jordi Alba is the man brought down in Costa Rica's box

17:30

GOAL! Easy, simple, its 3! Ferran Torres converts the penalty, sending Keylor Navas the wrong way. Its Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

17:31

30' Half an hour gone and Luis Enrique's sides are already three goals up. What a start its been so far

STATS SO FAR

Goal Attempts: 5-0

On Target: 3-0

Blocked Shots: 0-0

Free kicks: 1-3

Corner kicks: 2-0

Yellow Cards: 0-0

35' Spain 3-0 Costa Rica
35' Spain 3-0 Costa Rica
17:35

Gentle reminder that the last time that Spain played Costa Rica (in a friendly game in November 2017), it ended 5-0

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45' There will be 5 added minutes for Spain and Costa Rica to see off this half

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45+2' The possession of the game currently stands at 83% - 17%

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SO CLOSE! Spain almost make it four before the break as Gavi puts Marco Asencio through on goal, however, his attempt was blocked

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HALF-TIME!

Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

18:05

46' We are now underway with the second half. Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

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GOAL! Costa Rica just cannot cope, its 4! Ferran Torres gets his brace after receiving a pass at the edge of the box from Gavi. He finishes finely with a twirl past an on rushing Keylor Navas. Its Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

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Spain substitution: This is where the day will end for Ferran Torres. There will be no hat-trick for him

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18:21

A double substitution for Costa Rica

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18:24

Another double change for Spain, and Keita Balde will come on to make his international debut appearance

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Here's one last change for Spain

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GOAL! Oh my Gavi! What goal that is! The Barcelona youngster receives a lofted pass at the edge of the box and finishes brilliantly with a half volley! Spain are cruising over Costa Rica in Doha, its 5-0!

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85' Spain 5-0 Costa Rica
85' Spain 5-0 Costa Rica
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We have barely five minutes in regulation time to go, and Costa Rica are YET to get their first shot in this game.

Goal Attempts: 12-0

On Target: 5-0

18:49

GOAL! Another one! Spain get their sixth of the game from Carlos Soler who taps in easily after Keylor Navas spills a low cross into the box. Its now 6-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium

18:50

90' There will be 8 minutes of added time. Enough for Spain to pile more misery on Costa Rica?

18:52

GOAL! Its the seventh one of the night and Alvaro Morata finally gets his name on the scoresheet after latching on to a precise through ball from Dani Olmo. Its now Spain 7-0 Costa Rica

18:58

FULL-TIME! 

Spain 7-0 Costa Rica

19:00

So far, the biggest win at this World Cup. Spain go top of Group E.

At 8pm, our next game Belgium vs Canada takes centre stage. Our coverage for that on starts by 7:30 pm

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Its the one between the third-placed team at the 2018 World Cup and the side who are turning to World Cup for the first time since 1986: ITS BELGIUM VS CANADA

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Here's how both teams will line up tonight

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Canada starting XI: Here is how coach John Herdman line his men up

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Belgium starting XI: Eden Hazard captains the side, and Michy Batshuayi lead the Red Devils attack

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

This is the first meeting at an event between Belgium and Canada

MATCH FORM HEADING INTO THE WORLD CUP:

Belgium 1-2 Egypt

Netherlands 1-0 Belgium

Belgium 2-1 Wales

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Japan 1-2 Canada

Bahrain 2-2 Canada

Canada 0-2 Uruguay

Canada's coach John Herdman
Canada's coach John Herdman
19:50

Canada are returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1986 as huge underdogs, and they did so by topping their CONCACAF qualification group ahead of Mexico and USA. But can John Herdman’s side be taken seriously?

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SOMETHING TO NOTE:

Belgium are one of six teams to have gone through a World Cup unbeaten without winning the tournament, doing so in 1998 when they drew all three group games.

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20:00

1' KICK-OFF!

Belgium 0-0 Canada

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1' We are underway at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

20:09

PENALTY TO CANADA following a VAR review. A handball situation by Yannick Carrasco will mean that Canada gets a glorious chance to take the lead

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A booking for Yannick Carrasco too for that foul in the box

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PENALTY SAVED! Alphonso Davies sends is kick to the left corner, but Thibaut Courtois guesses right and prevents Canada from getting their first World Cup goal

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30' Half an hour gone in this game and Canada can be said to be the better side so far. Still goalless though

STATS SO FAR

Goal Attempts: 2-11

On Target: 1-2

Blocked Shots: 1-5

Free kicks: 9-1

Corner kicks: 1-1

Yellow cards: 1-0

20:39

Wow! Now, the referee signals that he's going to review that incident in the box from earlier. What becomes of this conversation he's having with the VAR team?

20:40

GAME ON! NO PENALTY FOR CANADA!

43' Belgium 0-0 Canada
43' Belgium 0-0 Canada
20:43

This is Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. This is the sole reason this game is still the way it is. Belgium 0-0 Canada

20:44

GOAL! The Red Devils are ahead! Its Michy Batshuayi who breaks the deadlock after a great through ball by Toby Alderweireld. 'The Batman' makes no mistake in beating Milan Borjan. Belgium lead Canada, 1-0

20:45

There will be 5 minutes of added time

20:51

HALF-TIME!

Belgium 1-0 Canada

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Mind you, its been more praises for Canada than you can find for Belgium who have somewhat seemed lethargic

21:05

46' We're back with the second half at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

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Roberto Martinez tweaking things for Belgium

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Its a double substitution for Canada

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60' Belgium 1-0 Canada

We hit the hour mark, and the Red Devils still lead this game

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Its another change for Belgium, and its the Belgian captain that will take a bow

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75' Just a quarter of an hour left in this game. Belgium still lead Canada 1-0

STATS SO FAR

Goal Attempts: 5-18

On Target: 2-2

Blocked Shots: 2-6

Free kicks: 12-9

Corner kicks: 3-3

Yellow cards: 3-0

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21:40

That is it for our goal scorer of the day. The final substitution for Belgium

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And Canada exhaust their substitutions

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There will be 5 minutes of additional time

21:57

FULL-TIME!

Belgium 1-0 Canada

22:05

Its been long day of drama, and and goals. Here's a quick round up of how the games today ended:

Morocco 0-0 Croatia

Germany 1-2 Japan

Spain 7-0 Costa Rica

Belgium 1-0 Canada

Thibaut Courtois penalty save denied Canada their first-ever World Cup goal
Thibaut Courtois penalty save denied Canada their first-ever World Cup goal
22:10

Thanks for keeping up with our coverage today. Tomorrow is another day. Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal against Ghana, and Brazil will start their campaign for a 6th World Cup title. For now, ensure you have a great night's rest. Good night!

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