Japan can put one foot in the last 16 with victory over a demoralised Costa Rica in their second match at Qatar 2022.
The Samurai Blue produced a shock during the first round of matches at the World Cup, sinking 2014 champions Germany to give themselves a fighting chance of survival in this tournament’s group of death.
Costa Rica were thrashed 7-0 in their opening game by Spain and Luis Enrique’s side can do Japan a favour today: should Hajime Moriyasu’s men win this early game and Spain then defeat Germany, Japan will be into the knockouts.
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Japan vs Costa Rica score
Japan lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 12. Gonda (GK) — 2. Yamane, 4. Itakura, 22. Yoshida, 5. Nagatomo — 6. Endo, 13. Morita — 8. Doan, 15. Kamada 24. Soma — 21. Ueda.
Costa Rica lineup (4-4-2, right to left): 1. Navas (GK) — 19. Waston, 6. Duarte, 15. Calvo, 8. Oviedo — 4. Fuller, 5. Borges, 17. Tejeda, 13. Torres — 12. Campbell, 7. Contreras
Japan vs Costa Rica live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup
37 mins: Endo tries to weave through that backline but Waston’s perfectly timed tackle upends the Japanese player. Seconds later and Endo is denied again, this time by Tejeda’s excellent block in the box.
35 mins: Ambitious from Campbell, he essays a shot with the outside of his left just inside the box but his effort curls high over the bar.
33 mins: Neither side has ‘worked’ the opposition keeper as yet. It’s Sunday morning for me, and I need something to wake me up!
29 mins: Japan didn’t have that much of the ball and still beat Germany, so their less-than-impressive start today may not be anything to worry about for a Blue Samurai fan. It’s walking pace at times at the moment.
25 mins: Costa Rica’s backline, sometimes its six in front of the box, are working really hard and getting their feet in just when it matters. Japan cannot find a way through, they need to be a bit cuter around the box.
21 mins: It’s all very cagey, with so much at stake that’s not surprising really. With short breaks between games, and the heat, the pattern seems to be slow-slow-quick-and back to slow.
17 mins: Good work from Doan and Yamane asJapan win it back on the edge of the box and Yamane tries hard to pull it back from a tight angle but the ball drifts behind. Japan improving at the moment.
13 mins: But then Japan threaten, with Doan eluding Campbell on the right of the box before sliding the ball across the face of goal. There’s no-one on the end of it but that is Japan’s best moment.
12 mins: Costa Rica still looking lively, with Campbell on the left (and in the shade) a particular threat.
8 mins: Pretty even so far but Costa Rica are improved from matchday one – not that that would be too difficult.
4 mins: Costa Rica win a few free kicks in succession, all taken by Campbell, who then goes on a twinkly-toed run that ends when he is fouled. Another free kick is floated into the box but Gonda claims easily.
1 min: Japan’s first corner is whipped in but Ueda cannot stoop to it and Costa Rica clear.
Kickoff: We are under way! Costa Rica get it going, but Waston has to head it out of the box after Japan win it back and push down the left.
3 mins to kickoff: The anthems are done, and we are all set! Costa Rica’s players really gave theirs some gusto, they know what’s on the line.
5 mins to kickoff: It is 33 degrees on the pitch as referee Michael Oliver leads the teams out – there may well be water breaks today. Permission to say “Phew, what a scorcher?”
8 mins to kickoff: A giant World Cup in the centre circle plus fireworks means one thing – kickoff is getting very close!
15 mins to kickoff: Japan have made five changes, a sign of their strength in depth and maybe their confidence facing a Costa Rica side who looked badly off the pace against Spain.
Just two changes by Costa Rica, what difference might that make?
20 mins to kickoff: Costa Rica had a bad, bad day at the office first time out – they have to be massive underdogs today. But. it’s a funny old game, as they say, and anything could happen!
25 mins to kickoff: Japan may have won the first match, impressively too, but there is so much hanging on today’s result – win, and they are through.
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45 mins to kickoff: Asano, who scored the winner versus Germany is on the bench as is Tomiyasu.
1 hour to kickoff: The teams are in:
Japan: Gonda, Yamane, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Endo, Morita, Doan, Kamada, Soma, Ueda.
Costa Rica: Navas, Waston, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo, Fuller, Borgers, Tejeda, Torres, Campbell, Contreras.
1 hr 30 mins from kickoff: Japan captain Maya Yoshida says his side will need their dancing shoes today – “The spotlight is on us after the last game and we have to make sure that we don’t dance badly. We’re not through yet.”
2 hrs from kickoff: Japan broke new ground at the World Cup when they came from a goal down to defeat Germany on matchday one. Should they win today against Costa Rica, they will take a huge step towards qualifying for the last 16.
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Japan vs Costa Rica lineups, team news
Japan had some injury concerns coming into the World Cup, but those were soothed just in time. Ao Tanaka suffered a knock playing for Fortuna Dusseldorf in the build-up and was replaced in the second half against Germany. His fitness level is unclear.
Japan predicted lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 12. Gonda (GK) — 19. Sakai, 4. Itakura, 16. Yoshida, 5. Nagatomo — 6. Endo, 7. Tanaka — 14. Ito, 15. Kamada 18. Kubo — 10. Maeda
There was concern over Costa Rica’s star man and No.1 Keylor Navas’ fitness coming into the tournament. Besides the misery of having seven goals fly past him, Navas looked healthy against Spain.
Costa Rica predicted lineup (4-4-2, right to left): 1. Navas (GK) — 16. Martinez, 6. Duarte, 15. Calvo, 8. Oviedo — 4. Fuller, 5. Borges, 17. Tejeda, 9. Bennette — 12. Campbell, 7. Contreras
Japan vs Costa Rica live stream, TV channel
This match will get underway at 13:00 local time in Qatar, with the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium hosting this potentially decisive match.
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