Japan squandered a possibility to advance early to the FIFA World Cup 2022 final 16 after Keysher Fuller’s purpose 10 minutes from time gave Costa Rica a shock 1-0 win in a match by which they’d barely any possibilities.
The Samurai blue didn’t trip the momentum of their shock win over Germany and can rue missed alternatives after exhibiting little creativity towards a Costa Rican aspect who defended resolutely after their 7-0 drubbing by Spain final trip.
Towards the run of play, in Costa Rica’s solely effort on course in the complete match, Fuller curled a shot from the sting of the world past the attain of keeper Shuichi Gonda and into the web, leaving Japan surprised.
Japan battled arduous to salvage one thing from the sport however smuggled to create house and panicked within the dying moments.
The end result left Japan with a troublesome problem to advance to the knockout phases, with Spain as their ultimate Group E opponents on Thursday.
Japan (4-2-3-1): Shuichi Gonda; Miki Yamane, Kou Itakura, Maya Yoshida (capt), Yuto Nagatomo; Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita; Ritsu Doan, Daichi Kamada, Yuki Soma; Ayase Ueda
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu
Costa Rica (5-3-2): Keylor Navas; Keysher Fuller, Oscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Oviedo, Kendall Waston; Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Gerson Torres; Anthony Contreras, Joel Campbell
Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez (COL)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
(With enter from companies)