Luis Fernando Suarez mentioned his Costa Rican facet have been “nonetheless very a lot alive” on the World Cup after a 1-0 win over Japan on Sunday blew Group E broad open and handed a possible lifeline to Germany.
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Japan, who shocked four-time champions Germany 2-1 of their opener in Qatar, would take a large leap to the spherical of 16 with a win.
As a substitute they struggled within the first half towards a Costa Rican facet who have been hammered 7-0 by Spain, then defender Keysher Fuller scored within the 81st minute with a deflected shot on the break.
It was Costa Rica’s first shot on course this World Cup and left them, leaders Spain and Japan, all inside three factors. Spain tackle Germany in a while Sunday in a bunch broadly thought to be the hardest of the match.
“These gamers did unimaginable issues right this moment. I will not speak about method or ways. Immediately I want to judge and recognize what they did to realize this victory” mentioned Suarez, whose staff will face Germany on Thursday.
“Yesterday we weren’t lifeless and now we’re nonetheless very a lot alive. No person can overlook about us but so we will nonetheless dream.
“Folks thought we have been already out, however we’re on this collectively.”
– Shock Absorber Finish –
Japan made 5 squad adjustments that surprised Germany as supervisor Hajime Moriyasu made full use of his 26-man squad.
With temperatures of 32 levels Celsius (90 levels Fahrenheit) on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Japan went on the assault early and received a nook inside 30 seconds.
Suarez made simply two adjustments to Spain’s crushed squad, Gerson Torres and 34-year-old centre-back Kendall Waston took their locations in an outdated XI which included 4 gamers from the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.
However Japan’s early promise unraveled below the Doha solar and the primary shot on course – a tame shot that sailed excessive and broad – got here simply 10 minutes from the break courtesy of Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell.
A dream first half ended with “Los Ticos” having had extra of the ball however neither staff had a shot on course.
Moriyasu had seen sufficient and made a double substitution at half-time, certainly one of them introducing Bundesliga striker Takuma Asano, who scored the decisive objective towards the Germans.
The Blue Samurai are instantly extra incisive and midfielder Hidemasa Morita equalizes the primary actual save of the match just a few seconds after the restart.
It was all of Japan because the match lasted into the ultimate 10 minutes in entrance of a crowd of 41,000.
Costa Rica had accomplished nothing for a lot of the sport as a ahead pressure, however with 9 minutes left in common time they stole it when Fuller’s shot took a deflection and went on course.
– Lack of high quality –
Moriyasu, whose staff will face Spain of their closing group match, nonetheless has excessive hopes for Japan to achieve the knockout phases.
“Clearly Spain can be powerful, however we have now likelihood of profitable. We can be properly ready and go into the match with confidence,” she mentioned.
Moriyasu denied that his males have been drained after the efforts towards Germany and defended himself by making so many adjustments to his formation.
“Costa Rica did not do properly within the first half both, we each struggled to regulate the sport,” he mentioned.
“It was a sophisticated match and maybe each groups lacked high quality within the first half.”