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Spain: Fans breathe sigh of relief in Madrid as La Roja scrapes through to Knockouts stage

Dozens of football fans gathered at a fan zone in Madrid on Thursday night, as Spain and Japan went head-to-head in their last game of the World Cup group stage.

The future looked bright for La Roja as Alvaro Morata scored the opening goal in the 11th minute.

But, the atmosphere grew tense as Japan clawed its way back with two second-half goals in quick succession.

“We’ve had a hell of a time. The same thing always happens to us. The first part is good, we don’t know how to maintain it and we fall,” said one fan.

There were agonized faces in the fan zone as it looked as though Spain might crash out of the tournament. Fortunately, they were saved by Germany’s comeback against Costa Rica.

“Spain is going to win the World Cup, they are going to win the World Cup. I mean, it’s not that they can, it’s that they are going to win it,” proclaimed an ecstatic fan.

Despite being outclassed by underdogs Japan, La Roja will take on Morocco in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday.

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