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Why tonight might be the most thrilling World Cup day yet

On Thursday, Groups E and F will be in the spotlight as spots in the final 16 are up for grabs. The 12th day of the world cup may be the most exciting day of the world cup yet due to the following 4 reasons .

1 .Spain will change its faces but not its style .Although Spain isn't guaranteed a spot in the round of 16, their goal differential implies that even a loss to Japan will likely be enough to advance them. Which is highly unlikely . Coach Luis Enrique will alter his starting lineup, resting Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and possibly other players in favour of Koke, Alejandro Balde, and Alvaro Morata. One aspect of Spain that cannot be compromised is their passing style, despite the fact that the faces may vary. . Although the starting lineup will change, the football and the level of ambition will not.

2. Germany will attempt to score against Costa Rica .Germany received a World Cup lifeline from Niclas Fullkrug's 83rd-minute goal against Spain, but the Germans are far from out of danger. If Japan and Spain tie, they will need to defeat Costa Rica by at least two goals in order to advance, while if Japan wins, they will need to surpass Spain's 7-0 victory over Costa Rica. Leroy Sane and Fullkrug are expected to start as Germany goes for goals against a competitor that responded well to defeat Japan and will advance to the round of 16 if they succeed.

3 .Can the Belgians resolve their internal conflicts in time for the World Cup? Belgium's World Cup campaign is in jeopardy despite their lucky victory over Canada thanks to a dismal performance that saw them lose to Morocco 2-0. To remain in the competition, Belgium would need to defeat Croatia (who have four points) in their last group encounter if Morocco defeated Canada (who have already been eliminated). The media has been flooded with reports of fights amongst top Belgian players, which is not the ideal preparation for Croatia, who must also win to advance.

.4. Morocco has a good chance of making the semifinals. Morocco has the opportunity to fly the African flag once more after Senegal did so on Tuesday by defeating Ecuador and moving on to the tournament's last-16. Walid Regragui's team needs to defeat Canada in order to advance to the knockout rounds, and since the Canadians are only playing for pride, they must be considered the underdogs. Morocco has a team made up of players that play in significant European leagues for a living, so their success (if it happens) shouldn't come as a surprise.

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