Vivid News 24: By defeating Germany in the Globe Cup group stage match, Japan shocked the entire world. Football fans had great expectations for the Blue Samurai. If they can defeat powerful Germany, then weak Costa Rica will be unable to contend with Japan. However, as has been well demonstrated, not everyone has equal days.
For example, Argentina defeated Mexico the previous day despite losing to a weak opponent like Saudi Arabia. The day did not go well for Japan either. Despite dominating the entire match, they lost to Costa Rica by 0-1. Costa Rica managed to take a shot at Japan’s goal only once in the whole match. And that’s the goal.
A win against Costa Rica will ensure a place in the last sixteen. In such circumstances, Japan could not be very aggressive at the beginning against Costa Rica. Costa Rica did not give a chance to become aggressive. Japan was stuck in the middle. As a result, no scoring opportunities were created in the first half. Costa Rica’s goal was not to concede a goal.
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In defence Francisco Salvo and Oscar Duarte were unstoppable. Meanwhile, Japan kept Costa Rica under pressure by playing pressing football. Daichi Kamada and Wataru Endo were repeatedly attacking the Costa Rican defence. But the penetrative zone did not get that way. Neither team managed to get a single shot on target.
Japan showed Germany just how terrifying they can be in the second half. Against Costa Rica, the plan was to attack in the opening 15 minutes of the second half and score a goal. Japan jumped to that goal. In the 46th minute, Morita took a sharp shot from the head of the box after receiving the ball from Takuma Asano. Costa Rica goalkeeper Navas somehow saved the corner in front of the goal. After 2 minutes, the Costa Rica goalkeeper saved the team from a certain goal by saving a shot from Endo.
In the 70th minute, he was fouled by Salvo when he entered the box with the ball. Kamada hit the wall made by Costa Rican footballers despite receiving a free kick from a dangerous area. Costa Rica’s goal was to come up with every attack and pick up a goal.
Although Japan attacked the defines at times, Costa Rica could not take a single shot at Japan’s goal until the 80th minute. Japan had only one shot on goal in the 81st minute, and that was it. This is the first shot on target in Qatar World Cup. Kesar Fuller took the ball to the left after receiving the ball from Tejeda.
The ball touched Japan’s goalkeeper Switch Ganda’s finger and went into the net. Japan had a chance to equalize in the 88th minute. Costa Rica goalkeeper Oviedo saved a certain goal by stopping Kamada’s shot with his feet. In the rest of the period, Japan could not equalize despite storming the attack.