On Sunday, Japan and Costa Rica will play in a group-stage match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Sunday’s Group E matchup between Japan and Costa Rica will take place at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. In their season opener against Germany, Japan triumphed 2-1. lkay Gündoan’s goal for Germany gave them the lead in the 33rd minute, but the Samurai Blue showed incredible resiliency in the second half to score two goals in a matter of seconds.
Ritsu Doan equalized in the 75th minute, four minutes after coming on as a substitute, and Takuma Asano, another substitution, scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute. After being humiliated 7-0 by Spain in their campaign opener, Costa Rica will be striving to perform better in this game. If Japan wins this game, they will be guaranteed a spot in the knockout phase. On the other hand, Costa Rica will be disqualified from the competition if they don’t get a point from the game.
Japan vs Costa Rica – Important Points:
Five matches between the two sides have all been friendly encounters. Japan is unbeaten in these matches, having won four of them while drawing the other. In four of their five encounters with the South American team, who has scored three goals in all of their five games against Japan, the Japanese side has scored at least three goals. In the opening encounter of the FIFA World Cup, Costa Rica allowed seven goals, which was the most of any side. Five of Costa Rica’s last seven World Cup games have ended without a goal.
Five of Japan’s last six FIFA World Cup games have seen over 2.5 goals scored. Japan has one victory in its last four games, while Costa Rica has lost its last seven games in the competition. In each of their last three FIFA World Cup games, Costa Rica has given up at least two goals, and their 7-0 loss to Spain was their poorest performance to date.
Japan vs Costa Rica – The Prediction:
With a victory in this game, Japan will hope to continue its successful record versus Los Ticos. They won their opening match in the World Cup, and they ought to be able to keep winning here. With a victory here, Japan can guarantee a spot in the knockout phase, and they have the incentive to play well to avoid facing Spain in the final matchup of the group round.
Costa Rica will be trying to avenge a 7-0 humiliation they received at the hands of Spain in their campaign opener. Given their terrible history against Japan, we predict the Asian squad will pull out a slim victory even if we anticipate them to play better than in their campaign opening.
Japan 2-1 Costa Rica
Japan vs Costa Rica – The Tips:
1: Results: Japan
2: Total Goals over 2 goals: Yes
3: Japan will score first: Yes
4: At least 1 goal will be scored in the second half: Yes
5: Takuma Asano will score or assist anytime: Yes
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