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Germany’s powerful gesture, more shock results and where are all the No.9s?: Five takeaways from day four of the World Cup



Takuma Asano Japan

Germany became the second giants to succumb to shock defeat at the 2022 World Cup, losing 2-1 to Japan in their tournament opener – but not without their starting XI having suffered. makes a powerful gesture as he lines up for his team photo. Following the OneLove armband controversy, Germany decided to stand up to FIFA by covering their mouth with their right hand.

Elsewhere, Spain proved their qualities in tournament play, beating an admittedly poor side from Costa Rica on seven occasions. If they have what it takes to go all the way, only time will tell.