Monday, 30 January, 2023

Japan look to inflict more misery on Costa Rica

Japan look to inflict more misery on Costa Rica

Few would have given Japan much chance of getting out of a group that included Germany and Spain when the World Cup draw was made but a win over Costa Rica on Sunday would leave Hajime Moriyasu's side on the brink of the last 16, reports Reuters.

The Japanese came from behind to beat four-times champions Germany on Wednesday and will face a Costa Rica side reeling from their 7-0 thrashing by Spain in their Group E opener.

The Japanese were helped by six Bundesliga players and one more playing in Germany's second tier, as strikes from Freiburg's Ritsu Doan and VfL Bochum's Takuma Asano gave the Asian side their first ever win over Germany.

Costa Rica, who suffered their heaviest ever defeat at the World Cup finals, are unlikely to provide as stiff a test as the Germans.