Costa Rica edge Japan to maintain Group E qualification race intense

AL-RAYYAN: Costa Rica recovered from a hammering 0-7 defeat in opposition to Spain to edge Japan 1-Zero of their second group match to remain alive within the Round of 16 qualification race of the continued FIFA World Cup 2022.

Costa Rica surprised momentum-filled Japan 1-Zero to depart Group E broad open and handed a possible lifeline to former champions Germany, who endured a shock loss from the Asian aspect of their opening recreation.

Japan, nonetheless, missed out on an important alternative to take a large stride in direction of the Round of 16 with a victory.

Costa Rica, contemporary from their hammering 0-7 defeat in opposition to match favourites Spain, rebounded as they dominated Japan for almost all of the match.

The domination quickly became a late lead when defender Keysher Fuller acquired the ball on the point of the field after which calmly curled it into the again of the web within the 81st minute to steer his aspect to an important three factors.

Following Costa Rica’s triumph, they’ve now drawn stage with Spain and Japan and settled on the third spot within the group standings.

Meanwhile, 2014 champions Germany, who’re on the backside following Japan’s upset, subsequent face Spain in an important Group E encounter later in the present day.

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