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Qatar World Cup: Croatia vs Morocco; Germany vs Japan; Spain vs Costa Rica; and Belgium vs Canada

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Croatia and Morocco, both of which are making their sixth World Cup appearance, will kick off Wednesday's World Cup action.Croatia almost won in 2018, with France beating them in the final, 4-2.Two of Croatia's midfielders, Marcelo Brocovic and Mateo Kovacic, will play despite having both suffered recent injuries.Morocco defender Nayef Aguerd will also start despite having made only one league appearance this season for his club, West Ham United.

The Moroccan team earned only one point in three group matches, but returns to the tournament and qualified with a perfect record by winning all six of its group games.Germany is seeking its fifth World Cup title as it kicks off its campaign against Japan.The country is trying to recover from its group-stage elimination in 2018 -- its earliest knockout in World Cup history.So far, things are not boding well for the German team, as it appeared weak in a 1-0 win over Oman in its final warm-up game.The Germans will be without winger Leroy Sané as a result of a knee injury.

He could be replaced by 19-year-old Bayern Munich teammate, Jamal Musiala.Spain will play Costa Rica in the early part of the afternoon.

The South European country was the 2010 World Cup champion, the second of three straight major titles it won between the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.

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