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.
Paceman Jason Behrendorff says Lance Morris has become a scary prospect for batters, labelling the tearaway quick as the Perth Scorchers' "Joker" in the pack.Morris' stunning start to the Sheffield Shield season resulted in him being called into the Australian squad as injury cover ahead of the day-night Test against the West Indies in Adelaide.
Defiant Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley insists he can keep players onside while refusing to apologise for handing over the botched review of David Warner's leadership ban.Hockley has come under fire following Warner's decision to withdraw his application to have his ban lifted, with questions asked about how CA lost control of the process.
A NSW woman who was drunk when she capsized a kayak, causing a four-year-old girl to drown, has been jailed for at least 18 months.Newcastle District Court judge Peter McGrath on Friday said Tamarah Eaton was a chronic alcoholic who drank a bottle of vodka hours before taking the young girl and a dog out in a one-man kayak to go fishing.
The United Nations has expressed concern over threats to civil liberties posed by Indonesia's new criminal code, warning the revised laws could result in the erosion of press freedom, privacy and human rights in the world's third-largest democracy.Indonesia's parliament approved the legislative overhaul on Tuesday, part of a decades-long process to replace its colonial-era penal code.
German lawmakers are calling for a review of security arrangements at the Bundestag lower house of parliament after authorities detained members of a far-right group they say were preparing a violent overthrow of the state.German authorities on Thursday ordered 23 people to be held for questioning as they investigate the group.
Queenslanders will receive discounts on their power bills after a deal was struck with the federal government to stump up cash for the Rockhampton Ring Road and a state energy plan.National cabinet agreed on Friday to a four-part plan, including $1.
A 37-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a man in southeast Queensland.She was previously charged with interfering with a corpse but the charge was upgraded late on Friday.
Banks are competing fiercely for new customers as rising interest rates keep the refinancing boom alive.Three of the big four banks - Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and ANZ - have all discounted their new customer variable rates in a bid to lure customers away from their competitors.
There is only one Chris Lynn but former New Zealand international Colin Munro is hoping to fill the void he will leave at the Brisbane Heat in this season's Big Bash League (BBL).Munro has played 357 T20 games and scored 8917 runs in multiple competitions and once scored a 14-ball half-century for New Zealand in a T20 international against Sri Lanka.
Australia are in the box seat on day two against West Indies in Adelaide, finishing their innings at 7(dec)-511 after a career-best batting performance from Travis Head.As they have in past pink-ball Tests, Australia declared as the second session on day two approached its end after the tourists claimed a lucky break to dispatch the feverish Head for 175.
With quiet streets in the heart of China's capital and city eateries adhering to virus curbs, the anxieties created by the "zero-COVID-19" regime could hinder the world's second-largest economy's return to health.Though the government on Wednesday loosened key parts of the strict controls that kept the pandemic largely at bay for the past three years, many people and businesses appear wary of being too quick to shake off the shackles.
A bone infection has meant a hospital visit for Collingwood star Darcy Moore and sidelined him from AFL pre-season training until the new year.The news comes five days after teammate Jordan De Goey needed a shoulder operation that will put him out of action for about a month.
Pandemic payments for casual workers who test positive for COVID-19 have been extended over the summer period.Speaking from Kirribilli House in Sydney, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on Friday national cabinet had agreed to continue the relief payments for workers in high risk settings.
Bam Adebayo scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jimmy Butler scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor as the Miami Heat handed the visiting Los Angeles Clippers their second NBA loss in as many nights, 115-110.Butler's brilliant shooting night kicked into overdrive down the stretch, as Miami's season-long leading scorer connected on three successive jumpers in the final 2:43 to help keep Los Angeles at bay.
For the third time that night, Shane Raymond Bretag tried to separate "two idiots" at a Brisbane casino.However, this time the former soldier used excessive force after experiencing hyper-vigilance and post-traumatic stress disorder as an Afghanistan veteran.
Potholed regional roads will be fixed in time for the holidays and that's a promise, the NSW government says.Significant road damage due to eastern Australia's recent big wet will require an estimated $3.
An elderly Sydney divorcee who ran down his romantic rival before hacking him to death with an axe has been jailed for at least 15 years."One must infer that the final ordeal of the deceased must have been excruciatingly painful and terrifying, although mercifully short," Justice Robert Button said on Friday.