World Cup 2022: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Keysher Fuller earns shock win

Japan did not take one other step in the direction of the World Cup knockout rounds as Keysher Fuller’s late aim earned Costa Rica a smash-and-grab Group E victory.

Following their shock win over Germany, Japan have been annoyed by a good defensive unit, earlier than Fuller struck with Costa Rica’s first shot heading in the right direction on the match.

The end result leaves each groups on three factors after two video games, with Spain – who nonetheless high the group on aim distinction – dealing with Germany in a while Sunday (19:00 GMT).

Victory for Spain will all however assure their development to the final 16.

After beating Germany of their opener, many anticipated Japan to account for a Costa Rica aspect reeling from a 7-0 thrashing by Spain.

Nevertheless, Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu opted for rotation over continuity, making 5 modifications, and that resulted in a subdued efficiency and a scoreline that blew the group broad open.

It was a outstanding victory for Costa Rica, who had failed to put a glove on the Japan defence earlier than Fuller’s deflected shot from the sting of the field escaped goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda’s grasp 9 minutes from time.

After a primary half devoid of goalmouth motion within the searing warmth at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Japan dominated for big spells. Nevertheless, they struggled to create clear-cut probabilities till the 88th minute, when Daichi Kamada couldn’t flip the ball residence after a driving Kaoru Mitoma run.

Having achieved redemption following their humiliation by the hands of Spain, the Costa Rica gamers celebrated emotionally at full-time as Japan have been left to rue a disappointing show that did not again up their heroics towards Germany.

Participant of the match

MitomaKaoru Mitoma


  1. Squad quantity9Participant identifyMitoma

  2. Squad quantity5Participant identifyNagatomo

  3. Squad quantity4Participant identifyItakura

  4. Squad quantity22Participant identifyYoshida

  5. Squad quantity8Participant identifyDoan

  6. Squad quantity18Participant identifyAsano

  7. Squad quantity6Participant identifyEndo

  8. Squad quantity15Participant identifyKamada

  9. Squad quantity2Participant identifyYamane

  10. Squad quantity24Participant identifySoma

  11. Squad quantity10Participant identifyMinamino

  12. Squad quantity21Participant identifyUeda

  13. Squad quantity13Participant identifyMorita

  14. Squad quantity14Participant identifyIto

  15. Squad quantity26Participant identifyIto

  16. Squad quantity12Participant identifyGonda

Costa Rica

  1. Squad quantity9Participant identifyBennette

  2. Squad quantity4Participant identifyFuller

  3. Squad quantity1Participant identifyNavas

  4. Squad quantity20Participant identifyAguilera

  5. Squad quantity17Participant identifyTejeda

  6. Squad quantity15Participant identifyCalvo

  7. Squad quantity5Participant identifyBorges

  8. Squad quantity8Participant identifyOviedo

  9. Squad quantity12Participant identifyCampbell

  10. Squad quantity19Participant identifyWaston

  11. Squad quantity6Participant identifyDuarte

  12. Squad quantity7Participant identifyContreras

  13. Squad quantity14Participant identifySalas

  14. Squad quantity2Participant identifyChacón

  15. Squad quantity13Participant identifyTorres



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gonda
  • 2YamaneBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMitomaat 62′minutes
  • 4ItakuraBooked at 84mins
  • 22Yoshida
  • 5NagatomoSubstituted forItoat 45′minutes
  • 6EndoBooked at 90mins
  • 13Morita
  • 8DoanSubstituted forItoat 67′minutes
  • 15Kamada
  • 24SomaSubstituted forMinaminoat 82′minutes
  • 21UedaSubstituted forAsanoat 45′minutes


  • 1Kawashima
  • 3Taniguchi
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 9Mitoma
  • 10Minamino
  • 11Kubo
  • 14Ito
  • 16Tomiyasu
  • 17Tanaka
  • 18Asano
  • 19H Sakai
  • 20Machino
  • 23Schmidt
  • 25Maeda
  • 26Ito

Costa Rica

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Navas
  • 6Duarte
  • 19Waston
  • 15CalvoBooked at 70mins
  • 4Fuller
  • 5BorgesBooked at 61minsSubstituted forSalasat 89′minutes
  • 17Tejeda
  • 8Oviedo
  • 13TorresSubstituted forAguileraat 65′minutes
  • 12CampbellSubstituted forChacónat 90+5′minutes
  • 7ContrerasBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBennetteat 65′minutes


  • 2Chacón
  • 3Vargas
  • 9Bennette
  • 10Ruiz
  • 11Venegas
  • 14Salas
  • 16Martínez
  • 18Alvarado
  • 20Aguilera
  • 21López
  • 22Matarrita
  • 23Sequeira
  • 24Wilson
  • 25Hernández
  • 26Zamora

Michael Oliver


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