Costa Rica has reopened Group E of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar after they stormed Japan with a shocking 1#0 victory.
Costa Rica secured the most unlikely of victories as a wonder strike from Keysher Fuller secured the win against Japan in Group E.
The victory for Costa Rica has opened the situation of Group E as Spain, Japan, and now Costa Rica sit on three points apiece, with the Spaniards set to play Germany later on.
After a lively opening exchange from the Japanese, the first half would be defined by the lack of clear-cut opportunities and both teams’ sloppiness in building play and creating meaningful chances.
The lack of an action at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was clear to see, summed up the first half as Daichi Kamada was unable to take Yuki Soma’s pass in his stride and the ball went into the hands of Costa Rica goalkeeper Kaylor Navas as the teams went into the interval goalless.
In the second half, Japan created numerous opportunities but they failed to find the back of the net.
But just as the Japanese thought the game was there for the taking, eighty-one minutes in, Costa Rica surprisingly found themselves ahead from their first shot on target in the tournament.
Taking advantage of a loose ball from Japan, midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda, found Keysher Fuller unmarked on the edge of the box, and he guided the ball into the top right corner to give the Central American’s a shock lead.
Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper was the hero for the CONCACAF side late on as he denied Kamada from point-blank range in injury time, as they grabbed all three points.
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