AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Keysher Fuller scored in the 81st minute to give Costa Rica a 1-0 victory over Japan on Sunday, giving both sides three points after two games in Group E of the World Cup. left.
Taking advantage of a defensive error when Japan ultimately failed to clear, Fuller hit the net from just 18 meters from the fingertips of leaping Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.
The game at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium was tactical, especially in the first half, when we didn’t score a single shot on goal. The second half was slightly better as Japan kept pressing until Costa Rica broke through.
Costa Rica’s Keeler Keylor Navas came up with a few quick-fire saves in the final minutes to save the win.
Japan will face Spain in Group E, while Costa Rica will face Germany in their final group match. After defeating Germany 2-1 in the opener, a victory would have nearly secured Japan a spot in the knockout stage. Costa Rica was just trying to survive his 7-0 loss to Spain in the first game.
Costa Rica recover in second half to beat Japan in Group E
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