The second Group E encounter between Japan and Costa Rica will take place on November 27. While Japan defeated Germany 2-1 in their opening game, Costa Rica was soundly defeated by Spain after giving up seven goals. When they take on Costa Rica in their next Group E match on Sunday, Japan will be seeking to build on their stunning triumph over Germany.
On Wednesday, Hajime Moriyasu’s team defeated four-time world champions Germany 2-1 to kick off the 2022 World Cup, while Costa Rica lost their opening match 7-0 to Spain.
Japan vs. Costa Rica 2022 World Cup Overview
This will be Japan’s best chance to guarantee a major shock in Group E. Japan will very certainly advance to the next round while Germany will almost certainly be eliminated if they defeat Costa Rica in today’s encounter. Technically, Costa Rica’s chances are still in the running because they can still win their next two games and get to the knockout phase.
Team Japan World Cup
Japan is in a good position to advance to the knockout phase after a surprising victory over Germany. No matter what happens, Spain will progress to the round of 16 if they defeat Germany. Japan, though, would like not to rely on chance and would work to finish first in its group, which looks unlikely but is still conceivable. Hiroki Sakai is uncertain about this game because he skipped training on November 24 due to the injury he got against Germany.
Team Costa Rica World Cup
For Los Ticos, who will play to survive, it will be a very different game. They are not as awful as they appeared to be during the match with Spain. However, their lack of a reputation for prolific goal-scoring is a problem. Even though they play Germany next, where Luis Fernando Suarez’s team will need to win miraculously to survive, a victory in this game will keep their hopes alive.
Japan vs. Costa Rica 2022 Head-to-Head
Five times in international football games, all of Japan’s encounters with Costa Rica were friendly games. Japan prevailed in four of those five encounters, including a 3-0 triumph in September 2018, while one game resulted in a draw.
Takuma Asano, a substitute, scored the game-winning goal against Germany. He might now enter the starting lineup, making him an important player to monitor. A major change in strategy wouldn’t be the worst course of action for Costa Rica after the awful performance against Spain. The finest player La Sele still has is Keylor Navas, who gave up seven goals in that game, and he will be important in this encounter.
Japan vs. Costa Rica World Cup Date, Time, and Location
On November 27 at 3:30 PM (Indian time), Japan vs. Costa Rica game will take place at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.
Japan vs Costa Rica Live Streaming Information
Japan vs Costa Rica Match Prediction
Japan will be too hot for Costa Rica to handle. The Asian powerhouse will win the game 3-0 and finish with a fantastic goal differential for their chances in the group.