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Japan's Ao Tanaka scores his side's second goal during the World Cup group E soccer match between Japan and Spain, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Japan beats Spain as both teams advance at World Cup

- Associated Press

After beating Germany in the team’s opener, Japan worked its way into the round of 16 of the World Cup on Thursday by defeating Spain 2-1 — the same score as last week.

Morocco fans attend the World Cup group F soccer match between Canada and Morocco at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha , Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Arabs unite in celebration as Morocco advances in World Cup

- Associated Press

First Qatar was out, exiting the World Cup with the worst record of a host country. Then the Saudi national team’s run ended, despite a historic upset against Argentina last week. Finally Tunisia was eliminated, after a dramatic victory against already-qualified France.

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Peyton Olson, center, reacts to a goal scored by the United States during the Qatar World Cup group B soccer match against Iran, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Emily Curiel/The Kansas City Star via AP)

U.S. World Cup win over Iran draws 15.5M on U.S. broadcasts

Associated Press

The United States' 1-0 win over Iran that earned the Americans a berth in the World Cup knockout rounds was seen by nearly 15.5 million people on U.S. English- and Spanish-language broadcasts and digital streams.

Juergen Klinsmann, left, sits in a car as he records a podcast after the World Cup group C soccer match between Poland and Argentina at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Graham Dunbar)

Klinsmann leads FIFA team analyzing World Cup on the road

- Associated Press

The black SUV packed with soccer fans wearing Lionel Messi shirts pulls up alongside a World Cup -branded vehicle, both inching forward in late-night traffic after leaving Argentina's game against Poland.

Australia's Milos Degenek celebrates his team victory during the World Cup group D soccer match between Australia and Denmark, at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Australia aims for World Cup 'shock' against Argentina

- Associated Press

Australia center forward Mitchell Duke plays in the Japanese second division. Midfielder Ajdin Hrustic of Hellas Verona - the last-placed team in Italy's Serie A - is the team's lone player based in Europe's top five leagues.

Mexico's head coach Gerardo Martino gestures during the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Martino out as Mexico coach after World Cup elimination

- Associated Press

After the debacle of missing the round of 16 at the World Cup for the first time in 44 years, Mexico said Thursday that Argentine coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino will not return for the next tournament.