A more complete goal means the victory of Costa Rica over Japan
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
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End of game, Japan 0, Costa Rica 1.
End of second half, Japan 0, Costa Rica 1.
Junya Ito (Japan) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Costa Rica).
Change, Costa Rica. Daniel Chacón replaces Joel Campbell.
Foul by Kaoru Mitoma (Japan).
Keysher Fuller (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Wataru Endo (Japan) has been shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Wataru Endo (Japan).
Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Change, Costa Rica. Youstin Salas replaces Celso Borges.
Attempt missed. Daichi Kamada (Japan) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the box. Assisted by Takuma Asano.
Ko Itakura (Japan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ko Itakura (Japan).
Jewison Bennette (Costa Rica) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Replacement, Japan. Takumi Minamino replaces Yuki Soma.
Goal! Japan 0, Costa Rica 1. Keysher Fuller (Costa Rica) left footed shot from the center of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Yeltsin Tejeda.
Offside, Costa Rica. Brandon Aguilera tries a through ball but Keysher Fuller is in an offside position.
Corner, Japan. Corner taken by Óscar Duarte.
Corner, Japan. Corner taken by Keysher Fuller.
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