World Cup 2022: Japan falls to Costa Rica after a sad show!

World Cup 2022: Japan falls to Costa Rica after a sad show!

The second day of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup continued, Sunday at 11 am, with a poster for Group E. And after its surprising victory over Germany (2-1), Japan could become the second country to qualify for the round of 16. After France in victory. Against Costa Rica, which Spain swept from the start (0-7), Hajime Moriyasu’s men presented themselves 4-2-3-1 with Soma, Duane and Ueda, substitutes against the Germans, at the front of the attack. . For his part, Luis Fernando Suarez opted for a 5-4-1 and made two changes from the defeat he experienced against La Roja. Favored over Martinez, Waston started at right wing-back. For his part, Torres replaced Bennett in midfield.

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At the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, the start of the match presented a globally balanced spectacle. If Ueda was very close to taking the first corner (second), then Campbell answered with an impressive number to undermine the Japanese defense (fifth). Very active in the first moments, the Costa Rican striker, who worked with Arsenal, showed all his determination and showed his determination. Gradually, Samurai Blue took control of operations and persistence. A dominance that proves relatively fruitless against the Ticos, who are well organized defensively. In a very dull encounter, poor on the occasions when neither Navas nor Gonda were really concerned (there was no shot on goal in the first season), the two formations logically neutralized each other at the break.

Costa Rica is still alive despite the poor performance!

Upon returning from the locker room, Hajime Moriyasu logically made some changes to bring Japan out of this slumber. Instead of Ueda and Nagatomo, Asano and Hiroki Ito appear. Active from the start, Asano found Morita and the latter forced Navas to make a great save (46′). More sharply, the Japanese national team increased its pressure on the goals of the Parisian goalkeeper. without result. In the face of harmless, but courageous Tikos, the Japanese lacked technical subtlety in the last gesture, such as this blow from Soma largely escaped from the frame of Costa Rica (57th place) or these very inaccurate free kicks (62nd, 72nd place).

Remained in check at the start of the last quarter of the hour, Japan continued its monopoly on the flogging but finally cracked to everyone’s surprise. Taking advantage of Yoshida’s poor position and a very questionable tackle by Gonda, Fuller opened the scoring with a left roll (1-0, 81st). Costa Rica, decisive with its first shot on goal, has its constancy, such as this last display by Navas against Kamada (88th). With this unfortunate defeat, Hajime Moriyasu’s men remain second in Group E awaiting the confrontation between Spain and Germany, on Sunday at 8 pm. Less attractive than the German national team, the Japanese national team still holds its chances of joining the round of 16 of the competition. For its part, Costa Rica, third in the group, is fully recovering.

– Find the entire meeting with commentary

Official lineups at kick-off

Japan XI

Costa Rica XI

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