FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Day 8: Live updates, scores, news, results, Japan vs Costa Rica, Belgium vs Morocco, Croatia vs Canada, Spain vs Germany

The World Cup action rolls on with Groups E and F in action overnight.

After their stunning upset win over Germany, Japan can lock in a spot in the round of 16 if they make it two wins in a row when they take on Costa Rica.

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European powerhouse Belgium will look to lock up their place in the next round when they take on Morocco before the 2018 World Cup runners up take to the field.

Croatia will square off against a Canadian outfit that pushed Belgium all the way in their opening encounter.

The day’s action ends with Germany lining up against Spain who are fresh off a demolition job that saw them find the back of the net seven times in their first game.

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9.45pm (AEDT) – All tied up at halftime

The opening game of day 8 action is half in the books. Japan and Costa Rica produced a handful of half opportunities without either really threatening the net.

Costa Rica simply have to win the game to keep any hopes of advancing out of the group stages alive so expect them to throw caution to the wind in the second half.

Better to go down fighting than to be sent packing without offering anything.

The situation for Japan is different, a draw could ultimately be enough to get them through to the next stage … provided Spain take care of business against Germany.

8.45pm (AEDT) – Champ’s embarrassing World Cup streak

Germany are the second most successful nation when it comes to World Cups having won it four times.

But the European powerhouse have failed dismally in recent times, having lost three of their past four World Cup games.

Germany reigned supreme back in 2014 when they defeated Argentina during the Brazil World Cup, but four years later it all fell apart.

The reigning champs were sent packing from the group stage after losing to Mexico and South Korea.

It means in over eight years, the football powerhouse have recorded only one victory in World Cup football. The same number as Australia.

8pm AEDT — Graham Arnold’s unseen midgame spray

Aussie fans went absolutely bonkers when Mitch Duke’s header in the 23rd minute against Tunisia found its way into the back of the net.

Wild scenes unfolded in the crowd, in bars across the globe and in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

But in footage captured by the BBC, Graham Arnold’s joy very quickly turned into a white-hot rage.

The Socceroos coach celebrated briefly before he vented his frustrations in the direction of skipper Mat Ryan.

Arnold was seen pointing and screaming at the goalkeeper, shouting at him to go and celebrate with his teammates.

The moment from the Socceroos manager shows just how much he wants the team to be truly bonded.

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