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World Cup 2022 – Japan 0-1 Costa Rica: Keysher Fuller scores late winner for Los Ticos to blow Group E wide open

Match report from the 2022 World Cup Group E clash between Japan and Costa Rica at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium as Keysher Fuller scored inside the final 10 minutes to secure a shock win for Los Ticos, who prioritised defensive solidity in their second match of the tournament

Costa Rica ignited their World Cup campaign with a smash-and-grab 1-0 win over Japan at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Luis Fernando Suarez’s men prioritised defensive solidity after their 7-0 humbling at the hands of Spain in their opening match and kept their opponents at bay sufficiently throughout, as the early-afternoon temperature exceeded 30 degrees.

But Costa Rica made Japan pay for their failure to capitalise on their attacking superiority when Keysher Fuller curled a shot over Shuichi Gonda (81) with the team’s first shot on target in the tournament.

Costa Rica's Keysher Fuller celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the World Cup, group E soccer match between Japan and Costa Rica, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Image:Fuller scored with Costa Rica’s first shot on target in the tournament

The late winner blew Group E wide open, with Costa Rica, Japan and Spain – who face Germany later this evening – all on three points at this stage.


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