‘We need to forget win over Germany’ – head coach Moriyasu

Japan take on Costa Rica in Group E of World Cup 2022 this morning as they hope to secure a spot in the last 16 today. Their opening game versus Germany was one of the shocks of the tournament as Hajime Moriyasu’s men fought from a goal down to win 2-1 thanks to two goals in the second half. That victory puts Japan on three points and another win today will see them qualify if Spain avoid defeat to Germany in the late kick off.

They face a Costa Rica side low on confidence after they were soundly beaten 7-0 by Spain last time out. The Central American side have only reached the knockout rounds once since 1990 and failed to win a single game in Russia 2018 which, based on the evidence of their first game, looks likely to happen again during this tournament.

There are calls to make over personnel for both managers. It was Japan’s substitutes who changed the game against so will Moriyasu stick or twist with his starting XI?

Costa Rica boss, Luis Fernando Suarez, has a similar call to make – but for different reasons as his entire team were woeful against Spain – and he will be hoping that whoever starts will play better if his side have any hope of earning a point in this group.

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Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

35 mins: Shot! Costa Rica haven’t offered much going forward and Joel Campbell wants to change that. The cross comes in from the right and gets nodded down.

It’s slipped to Campbell on the edge of the penalty area and he hits a left-footed effort with the outside of his boot, trying to curl it into the far top corner but his effort flies wide of the post!

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:36


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

33 mins: An aerial pass from Duarte comes over to Campbell on the left wing. He sends the ball inside to Bryan Oviedo and wants it back after starting an overlapping run behind the right-back.

Oviedo instead swings one into the box but Japan deal with it easily enough.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:34


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

30 mins: A clumsy challenge from Yuot Nagatomo sees Costa Rica win a free kick over on the right side of the pitch and Oscar Duarte takes it quickly.

He tries to catch Japan off guard but his cross into the penalty area doesn’t come close to a team mate and the chance comes to nought.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:32


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

27 mins: Just the one shot each so far as Japan try to work out a way through the Costa Rican back line.


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Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:28


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

24 mins: Japan look the most likely side to score but they haven’t created a clear chance yet. Kendall Watson is on hand to boot the ball away for Costa Rica as the Japanese look to strike down the left side.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:26


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

21 mins: A decent diagonal pass comes over to the left wing where Anthony Contreras controls the ball and drives up to the left edge of the Japan box.

He miscues his cross though and a promising Costa Rica attack dies down as Japan clear their lines.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:23


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

18 mins: Luis Fernando Suárez has set Costa Rica up with a back five today after their defensive issues against Spain making it almost impossible for Japan to get in behind with balls over the top.

Instead they need to utilise width and dainty runs into the box to challenge. Kamada slides a pass to the byline on the right side of the area as Miki Yamane comes flying around on the overlap.

He gets to the ball but can’t keep it in play.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:19


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

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Jack Rathborn27 November 2022 10:17


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

15 mins: Solid work from Oscar Duarte. Yuki Soma threatens to dribble his way into the penalty area from the left wing but as he starts to come inside Costa Rican defender Duarte leaps in front of him and boots the ball out of play with a perfectly timed sliding tackle.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:16


Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

12 mins: It’s been a decent if not spectacular start from Costa Rica. Joel Campbell looks lively and strong high up the pitch and they have a few players willing to make runs in behind.

Nearly. The Japanese fans erupt in song as Doan carries the ball into the right side of the penalty area. He shrugss off a tackle and fizzes a low pass into the six-yard area but there’s no-one around to turn it towards goal.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:14

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