Japan followed Saudi Arabia's lead by delivering another shocking upset in the World Cup beating four-time winner Germany 2-1. Spain routed a hapless Costa Rica blowing past 7-0 to start their campaign while Belgium got into the win column defeating Canada 1-0.
Yahoo News Singapore compiles some of the action from these matches in photos.
2010 World Cup winners Spain put seven goals past Costa Rica in their Group E match. Ferran Torres had a brace while Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata scored a goal each for the Spaniards.
The emphatic victory ensured Los Toros avoid any slip up that has befallen two of the tournament's top contenders so far.
Belgium 1 - 0 Canada
Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal for a Belgium side that failed to live up with the hype in their Group F contest against Canada. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved the Belgians from any embarrassment by saving an early penalty against the Canadians who marked their team's return to the tournament after 36 years.
Japan supporters celebrated as their side secured a thrilling win over Germany in their opening match of the World Cup on November 23.This footage, by Japan supporter Akane Uozaki, shows fans jumping, cheering and hugging at full-time in the Khalifa International Stadium as Japan sealed an unexpected 2-1 win. Credit: Akane Uozaki via Storyful
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