Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 8 - shocks and flaws

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Croatia stick it to the potty-mouthed Canada boss while Belgium appear stuck. But at least they have a chance to flow again as do the Germans.

Football, eh? Bloody hell.

Feels like the right moment to wheel out Sir Alex Ferguson's famous response to his Manchester United side scoring two goals in second-half stoppage time to rip the Champions League trophy out of Bayern Munich's grasp in 1999. The eighth day brought a thud back to earth for Japan who, after seeing off the Germans in their opening round match, would have fancied their chances against Costa Rica who had been pulverized 7-0 by Spain. But no, Costa Rica won 1-0 to give themselves a lifeline in Group E. Morocco reinvigorated their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Belgium in Group F.

Possession in vain

Post-match stats showed that Belgium enjoyed 56 percent of the possession compared with Morocco's 33 percent. Yes, but what do you do with it once you have the ball? Clearly in Belgium's case not score. Actually, for all this playing on the deck mullarkey, Morocco's goal was refreshing retro. Goalkeeer Munir hoofed a goal kick long - none of this playing out from the back - Abderrazak Hamdallah headed it on towards Zakaria Aboukhlal who couldn't quite control the ball which hit Axel Witsel and came back to him. Aboukhlal laid it off to Hakim Ziyech who bedazzled Thomas Castagne along the right hand side of the Belgium penalty area and cut back for Aboukhlal who swept the ball into the top left hand corner of Thibaut Courtois' goal. Cue invasion of Morocco substitutes to celebrate and Belgian faces as red as their shirts.


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