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Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup began on 13 June and ended on 23 June 2018. The group consisted of tournament debutants Libya, as well as Japan, Turkey, and Ukraine. None of these teams had previously met in a World Cup group stage.

As group winners, Libya advanced to face Poland, the runners-up in Group C, while Japan took on Spain, who won Group C.

Japan vs. UkraineEdit

The first goal in this match came from the Japanese captain, Nihorito Kawashaka, who headed in a goal following a corner-kick in the 15th minute. In the eighteenth minute, Japan's vice-captain, Shunsuke Menasulo, added on another goal for Japan from a direct free kick. In the 22nd minute, Kawashaka thrusted the ball towards the net, only for it to be saved by the Ukrainian goalkeeper, Oleksandr Korolenko. However, Korolenko was unable to control the rebound, which fell to Kawashaka, who was able to put it into the net to add on a third goal for Japan. In the 25th minute, Shunsuke Menasulo added on a fourth goal for Japan, when his shot bounced off the crossbar and into the net. In the 34th minute, Andriy Podolski, the Ukrainian captain, added on Ukraine's first goal, when he headed in a goal from a free-kick. In the 37th minute, a free-kick was awarded for Japan, when Bogdan Tymoshenko fouled Shunsuke Menasulo. The free kick, which was direct, was taken by Nihorito Kawashaka. Kawashaka kicked the ball with all his might, curling it around the Ukrainian defensive wall. In the 54th minute, Andriy Podolski added on another goal for Ukraine, when his shot bounced off the post and into the net. Podolski added on a third goal for Ukraine in the 82nd minute, when he recieved a pass through the Japanese defence from Bogdan Tymoshenko. In the 87th minute, Podolski completed his hat-trick, when he headed in a goal from a cross from Kostyantyn Lukyanenko. Podolski almost equalized in the 3rd minute off stoppage time, when his shot went over the bar. This was Japan's third victory over a European team in the World Cup, their first being a 1-0 victory over Russia when they co-hosted the tournament with South Korea in 2002, and their second being a 3-1 win over Denmark in 2010. It was also their third World Cup victory on foreign soil.

World Cup
13 June 2018
90 minutes
Group stage
Flag of Japan Japan 5-4 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Football City, Rädfîrd
Attendance: 63, 457
Referee: Miguel P. Valdez (Uruguay)
Kawashaka Soccerball shade 15'22'37'
Menasulo Soccerball shade 18'25'
Podolski Soccerball shade 34'54'82'87'
Flag of Japan
JAPAN:
GK 1Eiji Jamalasha
DF 4 Nihorito Kawashaka (c)
DF 5 Daisuke Watanabe
DF 6 Arokito Suzuki
DF 7Haruki Maruyama
MD 8 Katsu Ebi
MD 9Masaru Nicumaki
MD 10Naoki Takahashi
MD 11 Rokuro Kawashima
FW 2 Shunsuke Menasulo
FW 3Keisuke Yamashita
Coach:
Flag of Ukraine Aleksandr Fedoruk
Flag of Ukraine
UKRAINE:
GK 1 Oleksandr Korolenko
DF 4 Sergiy Bobretov
DF 5 Andriy Podolski (c)
DF 6 Vyacheslav Barvinok
DF 7 Bogdan Tymoshenko
MD 8 Oleg Romanchuk
MD 9 Oleh Pogrebinsky
MD 10Kostyantyn Lukyanenko
MD 11 Serhiy Eremnko
FW 2Bohuslav Kmyanlenko
FW 3Hyryoriy Lukyanenko
Coach:
Flag of Ukraine Kyrylo Milevsky

Assistant referees:
Flag of Uruguay Marcos Agüero
Flag of Uruguay Joan Frasendo
Fourth official:
Flag of Bolivia Hugo Moreno
Fifth official:
Flag of Bolivia Andrés Saucedo

Man of the Match:
Flag of Japan Nihorito Kawashaka

Libya vs. TurkeyEdit

The first goal in this match came from Turkey's captain, Hasan Ghanem, who headed in a goal following a corner-kick in the 18th minute. Libya equalized two minutes later, when a shot from their captain, Mohammed al-Mosqar, bounced off the crossbar and into the net. al-Mosqar added on another goal for Libya in the 27th minute, from a direct free kick. In the 34th minute, al-Mosqar completed his hat-trick, when his shot bounced off the post and into the net. In the 62nd minute, a dog was brought onto the pitch. The owner had to take it back.

World Cup
13 June 2018
90 minutes
Group stage
Flag of Libya Libya 3-1 Flag of Turkey Turkey Jän Hîgsfärd Stadium, Vünfîvä
Attendance: 52, 340
Referee: Felipe Santos (Brazil
al-Mosqar Soccerball shade 20'27'34' Ghanem Soccerball shade 18'
Flag of Libya
LIBYA:
GK 1 Baaqir al-Shabal
DF 4 Mohhamed al-Mosqar (c)
DF 5 Faa'iq Qasudi
DF 6 Ibrahim al-Lonqa
DF 7 Khaled Ewali
MF 8 Mabrouk Elhalim
MF 9 Tareq el-Tashim
MF 10 Youssef al-Terati
MF 11Hamza Beloqa
FW 2Ahmed al-Chahal
FW 3Abdallah Chippo
Coach:
Flag of Romania Felix Ahaescu
Flag of Turkey
TURKEY:
GK 1 Adskhan Milnaz
DF 4 Hasan Ghanem (c)
DF 5 Ediz Yilmaz
DF 6 Bajram Estülmez
DF 7Babar Dogan
MF 8Diyanat Alümaz
MF 9 Gökhan Türkyilmaz
MF 10Karamat Kocak
MF 11Farhat Tabak
FW 2 Latafat Sükür
FW 3Ilhan Kaya
Coach:
Flag of Turkey Evren Kackü

Assistant referees:
Flag of Brazil Roberto Milmasto
Flag of Venezuela Andrés P. Sanchos
Fourth official:
Flag of Pakistan Abdul Gorenji
Fifth official:
Flag of Pakistan Mohammed Sawar

Man of the Match:
Flag of Libya Mohammed al-Mosqar

Libya vs. JapanEdit

The first goal in this match was scored by Japan's captain, Nihorito Kawashaka, who headed in a goal following a corner-kick. In the 20 minute, Mohammed al-Mosqar equalized for Libya from a direct free kick. In the 34th minute, Japan restored their lead, when a shot from their captain, Nihorito Kawashaka, bounced off the crossbar and into the net. This was Japan's second win the tournament, which meant they would progress through to the knockout stage, regardless of the result in their final match against Turkey.

World Cup
18 June 2018
90 minutes
Group stage
Flag of Libya Libya 1-2 Flag of Japan Japan Üscîr Frîntün Stadium, Zîbärmîv
Attendance: 32, 450
Referee: Rajiv Babaji (India)
al-Mosqar Soccerball shade 20' Kawashaka Soccerball shade 18'34'
Flag of Libya
LIBYA:
GK 1 Baaqir al-Shabal
DF 4 Mohhamed al-Mosqar (c)
DF 5 Faa'iq Qasudi
DF 6 Ibrahim al-Lonqa
DF 7 Khaled Ewali
MF 8 Mabrouk Elhalim
MF 9 Tareq el-Tashim
MF 10 Youssef al-Terati
MF 11Hamza Beloqa
FW 2Ahmed al-Chahal
FW 3Abdallah Chippo
Coach:
Flag of Romania Felix Ahaescu
Flag of Japan
JAPAN:
GK 1Eiji Jamalasha
DF 4 Nihorito Kawashaka (c)
DF 5 Daisuke Watanabe
DF 6 Arokito Suzuki
DF 7Haruki Maruyama
MD 8 Katsu Ebi
MD 9Masaru Nicumaki
MD 10Naoki Takahashi
MD 11 Rokuro Kawashima
FW 2 Shunsuke Menasulo
FW 3Keisuke Yamashita
Coach:
Flag of Ukraine Aleksandr Fedoruk

Assistant referees:
Flag of India Kaamil Sawar
Flag of Sri Lanka Visvadinu Kokwelli
Fourth official:
Flag of Slembana Boudissa Kakraka
Fifth official:
Flag of Slembana Jibuta Zeluda

Man of the Match:
Flag of Japan Nihorito Kawashaka

Turkey vs. UkraineEdit

The first goal in this match came from Andriy Podolski, Ukraine's captain, who headed in a goal from a corner-kick in the 12th minute. Podolski added on another goal for Ukraine in the 15th minute, when he headed in a goal from a direct free kick taken by Kostyantyn Lukyanenko. Podolski added on yet another goal for Ukraine in the 18th minute, when his shot bounced off the crossbar and into the net. Yet another goal was added on for Ukraine, once again by Podolski, when his shot bounced off the post and into the net in the 21st minute. In the 24th minute, Podolski completed his hat-trick, when he scored from a pass through Turkey's defence from Bogdan Tymoshenko.

World Cup
19 June 2018
90 minutes
Group stage
Flag of Turkey Turkey 0-5 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Kingdom Stadium, Xülîäférd
Attendance: 96, 543
Referee: Vitali Romanov (Rorbania)
Podolski Soccerball shade 12'15'18'21'24'
Flag of Turkey
TURKEY:
GK 1 Adskhan Milnaz
DF 4 Hasan Ghanem (c)
DF 5 Ediz Yilmaz
DF 6 Bajram Estülmez
DF 7Babar Dogan
MF 8Diyanat Alümaz
MF 9 Gökhan Türkyilmaz
MF 10Karamat Kocak
MF 11Farhat Tabak
FW 2 Latafat Sükür
FW 3Ilhan Kaya
Coach:
Flag of Turkey Evren Kackü
Flag of Ukraine
UKRAINE:
GK 1 Oleksandr Korolenko
DF 4 Sergiy Bobretov
DF 5 Andriy Podolski (c)
DF 6 Vyacheslav Barvinok
DF 7 Bogdan Tymoshenko
MD 8 Oleg Romanchuk
MD 9 Oleh Pogrebinsky
MD 10Kostyantyn Lukyanenko
MD 11 Serhiy Eremnko
FW 2Bohuslav Kmyanlenko
FW 3Hyryoriy Lukyanenko
Coach:
Flag of Ukraine Kyrylo Milevsky

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