FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica

Keysher Fuller scored inside the final 10 minutes of the 2022 World Cup Group E clash between Japan and Costa Rica at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium to secure a shock win for Los Ticos, who prioritized defensive solidity in their second match of the tournament.

After a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain in their opening match, Luis Fernando Suarez’s men prioritized defensive solidity and kept their opponents at bay throughout, despite the early-afternoon temperature exceeding 30 degrees.

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Costa Rica, on the other hand, punished Japan for failing to capitalize on their offensive superiority when Keysher Fuller curled a shot over Shuichi Gonda (81) with the team’s first shot on target in the tournament. The late winner blew open Group E, leaving Costa Rica, Japan, and Spain – who face Germany later this evening – all on three points.

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