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.
Vietnam is facing its largest banking scandal, with the recent arrest of real estate developer, Truong My Lan, accused of embezzling around 304 trillion dong (approximately $12.4 billion). The embezzlement: On Nov. 17, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security alleged that Truong, the 79-year-old chairwoman of Van Thinh Phat Group, embezzled from Saigon Commercial Bank (SCB), where she was a majority stakeholder. Over several years, Truong allegedly operated over 1,000 domestic and foreign subsidiaries and shell companies, securing more than $43 billion in loans from SCB, with approximately one-third of this sum misappropriated through the creation of "ghost companies" by Truong, her family and associates.
A Beijing couple had the shock of their lives after realizing that they have been drinking toilet water for six months in their rented apartment. Strange occurrences: The couple, identified only by local reports as Mr. Tan and his girlfriend, moved into the Beijing apartment in May. They reportedly pay 10,000 yuan ($1,411) rent per month. After six months, they noticed that their water bills stopped coming although their water supply continued.
Buckingham Palace is considering whether it should take action after the King and Princess of Wales were named in the Dutch version of a new book as senior royals who questioned what skin colour Prince Archie would have. The writer said an investigation had been launched into how the names were included in the translated version of Endgame, which Dutch publisher, Xander Uitgevers, said had been pulled from shelves in the Netherlands due to an "error".
Derek Chauvin - the ex-police officer jailed over the murder of George Floyd - was stabbed 22 times with an "improvised knife" in prison, it has emerged. Fellow inmate John Turscak has been charged with attempted murder following the attack on 24 November, which was Black Friday. The 52-year-old, a former member of the Mexican Mafia, told FBI agents he attacked Chauvin on that date as a symbolic connection to the Black Lives Matter movement.
A Haidilao employee in London has become an online sensation for his spectacular noodle dance skills. Noodle master in London: In a now-viral video posted by food content creator Karies Lam, the unnamed staff member is captured flawlessly executing the signature noodle dance that the Chinese hotpot restaurant is globally celebrated for. Unique dining experience: Haidilao, a hotpot chain with over 1,300 locations across China and more worldwide, is known for its immersive dining experience.
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