Japan squandered a possibility to advance early to the World Cup final 16 after Keysher Fuller’s objective 10 minutes from time gave Costa Rica a shock 1-0 win in a match wherein they barely had any probabilities in entrance of objective.
The Samurai blue didn’t journey the momentum of their shock win over Germany and can rue missed alternatives after displaying little creativity in opposition to a Costa Rican facet who defended resolutely after their 7-0 drubbing by Spain final day out.
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In opposition to the run of play, in Costa Rica’s solely effort on course in the whole match, Fuller curled a shot from the sting of the world past the attain of keeper Shuichi Gonda and into the online, leaving Japan surprised.
Japan battled arduous to salvage one thing from the sport however smuggled to create area and panicked within the dying moments. The end result left Japan with a tricky problem to advance to the knockout phases, with Spain their closing Group E opponents on Thursday.