World Cup: Costa Rica stuns Japan with a narrow victory in second Group E match

World Cup: Costa Rica stuns Japan with a narrow victory in second Group E match

Costa Rica upset Japan with a close victory during the second Group E encounter at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, continuing its streak of shocking upsets in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
World Cup: Costa Rica stuns Japan with a narrow victory in second Group E match

In their tournament’s first shot on goal, Costa Rica defeated Japan 1-0 in the opening match of Sunday.

In a stunning turn of events for both teams, Costa Rica, who had been humiliated by Spain in their opening match, defeated Japan late on with their first attempt on goal of the competition.

Los Ticos capitalized on an ineffectual Japanese attack after a stellar defensive performance to withstand some pressure in the second half and attack quickly.

With Fuller’s goal in the 81st minute, the side that just barely made it into the finals by defeating New Zealand in a playoff moves even with Group E’s top-placed Spain and Japan in terms of points.

The Central Americans ended up scoring with their first attempt on goal after more than 170 minutes of World Cup play.World Cup: Costa Rica stuns Japan with a narrow victory in second Group E match

After demonstrating such grit to recover from a seven-goal thrashing, Costa Rica can now imagine making it to the knockout round and will still be in the running when they play Germany on Thursday.

A disgruntled Japan, meantime, will observe the seismic match between European giants Spain and Germany later today; they were denied a perfect opportunity to guarantee a place in the round of 16.

What a way to bounce back from a 7-0 defeat! Keysher Fuller’s late goal has secured all three points for Costa Rica against Japan.

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