Costa Rica players beat Japan with a late goal and keep their chances of entering the round of 16

Keysher Fuller scored for Costa Rica.

In subgroup E, Spain, who played one match, as well as Japan and Costa Rica, who played two duels, have three points each. Germany did not score in their only match so far.

In the first half, none of the teams made a shot on goal, but the Costa Ricans had a slight advantage in ball control – 52% against 37%.

The Costa Rica national team scored a goal in the 81st minute, when Fuller made the only shot on goal after receiving a pass from Yeltsin Tejeda between the defenders of the Japanese national team. At the end of regular time, the Japanese had a good chance to make it 1:1, but experienced Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas was up to the task.

In subgroup E, Spain will play against Germany at 21:00.

The Japanese started this World Cup final tournament with a victory over the four-time champion Germany (2:1), while the Costa Rican national team suffered a defeat against the Spanish (0:7).

32 teams are divided into eight groups of four national teams each. The two best teams from each group will enter the round of 16 and continue the fight for football’s most prestigious trophy.

Qatar is the first Arab country to host the FIFA World Cup. So far, one championship has been held in Asia, and it was jointly hosted by South Korea and Japan in 2002.

This is also the first tournament to be held in late autumn, rather than the usual summer months due to the extreme heat in Qatar.

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This is the last tournament in which 32 teams participate, as from the next World Cup in 2026, 48 national teams will start the competition.

In the final tournament of the 2018 World Cup, which took place in Russia, France became the champion, beating Croatia 4:2 in the decisive match.

Japānas izlases sastāvs: Šuiči Gonda; Miki Jamane (Kaoru Mitoma, 62.min.), Ko Itakura, Maja Jošida, Juto Nagatomo (Hiroki Ito, 46.min.); Vataru Endo, Hidesama Morita; Doans Ricu (Juna Ito, 67 .min.), Daiči Kamada, Juki Soma (Takumi Minamino, 82.min.); Ajase Ueda (Takuma Asano, 46.min.).

Costa Rica national team: Keylor Navas; Oscar Duarte, Brian Oviedo, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston; Keisher Fuller, Celso Borges (Justin Salas, 89 min.), Herson Torres (Brandon Aguilera, 65 min.), Yeltsin Tejeda; Anthony Contreras (Jewison Bennett, 65 min.), Joel Campbell (Daniel Chacon, 90 + 5 min.).

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