A more complete goal means the victory of Costa Rica over Japan

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Japan failed to take another step towards the knockout rounds of the World Cup as Keysher Fuller’s late goal earned Costa Rica an emphatic Group E victory.

Following theirs shocking victory over Germany, Japan were frustrated by a tight defensive unit, before Fuller struck with Costa Rica’s first shot on goal of the tournament.

The result leaves both teams on three points after two games, with Spain – who still top the group on goal difference – facing Germany later on Sunday (19:00 GMT).

Spain’s victory will almost guarantee their progression to the last 16.

After beating Germany in their first game, many expected it Japan to give an account of a side of Costa Rica that is torn from a Spain thrashed 7-0.

However, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu opted for rotation over continuity, making five changes, resulting in a soft performance and a scoreline that left the group wide open.

It was a remarkable victory for Costa Rica, who had failed to lay a glove on the Japanese defense before Fuller’s deflected shot from the edge of the box escaped the hands of goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda nine minutes from time.

After a scoreless first half in the scorching heat at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Japan dominated for big moments. However, they struggled to create clear-cut chances until the 88th minute, when Daichi Kamada failed to turn the ball over after a run by Kaoru Mitoma.

Having achieved redemption following their humiliation at the hands of Spain, Costa Rica’s players celebrated emotionally at full-time as Japan were left to rue a disappointing display that could not back up their heroics against Germany

Player of the match

MythKaoru Mitoma


  1. Template number9Player NameMyth

  2. Template number5Player NameNagatomo

  3. Template number4Player NameItakura

  4. Template number22Player NameYoshida

  5. Template number8Player Namedonate

  6. Template number18Player Nameasana

  7. Template number6Player NameI go

  8. Template number15Player NameKamada

  9. Template number2Player NameYamane

  10. Template number24Player Namesoma

  11. Template number10Player NameMine

  12. Template number21Player NameUeda

  13. Template number13Player NameMorita

  14. Template number14Player NameIto

  15. Template number26Player NameIto

  16. Template number12Player NameGonda

Costa Rica

  1. Template number9Player NameBennett

  2. Template number4Player Namefuller

  3. Template number1Player NameNavas

  4. Template number20Player NameAguilera

  5. Template number17Player Namewoven

  6. Template number15Player Namebald

  7. Template number5Player NameBorges

  8. Template number8Player NameOviedo

  9. Template number12Player NameCampbell

  10. Template number19Player NameWaston

  11. Template number6Player NameDuarte

  12. Template number7Player Nameyou will counter

  13. Template number14Player Namehalls

  14. Template number2Player NameChacon

  15. Template number13Player NameTowers



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gonda
  • 2YamaneBooked at 44 minutesReplaced byMythat 62′minutes
  • 4ItakuraBooked at 84 minutes
  • 22Yoshida
  • 5NagatomoReplaced byItoat 45′minutes
  • 6I goBooked 90 minutes
  • 13Morita
  • 8donateReplaced byItoat 67′minutes
  • 15Kamada
  • 24somaReplaced byMineat 82′minutes
  • 21UedaReplaced byasanaat 45′minutes


  • 1Kawashima
  • 3Taniguchi
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 9Myth
  • 10Mine
  • 11Kubo
  • 14Ito
  • 16Tomiyasu
  • 17Tanaka
  • 18asana
  • 19H Sakai
  • 20Machine
  • 23Schmidt
  • 25Maeda
  • 26Ito

Costa Rica

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Navas
  • 6Duarte
  • 19Waston
  • 15baldBooked 70 minutes away
  • 4fuller
  • 5BorgesBooked at 61 minutesReplaced byhallsat 89′minutes
  • 17woven
  • 8Oviedo
  • 13TowersReplaced byAguileraat 65′minutes
  • 12CampbellReplaced byChaconat 90+5′minutes
  • 7you will counterBooked at 41 minutesReplaced byBennettat 65′minutes


  • 2Chacon
  • 3Vargas
  • 9Bennett
  • 10Ruiz
  • 11Venegas
  • 14halls
  • 16Martinez
  • 18Alvarado
  • 20Aguilera
  • 21Lopez
  • 22Matarrita
  • 23drought
  • 24Wilson
  • 25Hernandez
  • 26Zamora

Michael Oliver


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