Ecstatic Japan seeks to exploit Costa Rica’s reeling

After its resounding surprise by defeating the German national team, in its opening match in the 2022 World Cup finals, the Japanese national team is looking for another victory in the World Cup, when it faces its Costa Rican counterpart, tomorrow, Sunday, in the second round competitions for Group E, at (Ahmed Bin Ali) Stadium.

The Japanese national team attracted the spotlight with its exciting victory (2/1) over Germany, last Wednesday, as it overturned its delay (0/1) into a victory that will remain immortal in the minds, after scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes of the match.

Japan, which is participating in the World Cup for the seventh edition in a row, is in second place with 3 points, on goal difference behind leaders Spain, after its crushing victory 7/0 over bottom-ranked Costa Rica.

“The Greatest Victory”

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu described the victory over Germany as the greatest victory in the history of Japanese football. “I think it’s a historic moment. It’s a historic victory, to say the least,” he said.

Japan hopes to build on its stunning victory against Germany, and take another giant step towards reaching the knockout stages for the fourth time in its history, and the second in a row.

It is possible that the Japanese national team will advance to the round of 16 early, before entering its last meeting in the group against Spain, next Thursday, in the event of its victory over Costa Rica, and the failure of the machines to outperform La Roja tomorrow.

The Japanese national team is racing against time for the duo, Takehiro Tomiyasu, the Arsenal player, and Hiroki Sakai, the Urawa Red Diamonds player, to join the match, after they suffered an injury that prevented them from participating in the training of the main team, yesterday, Friday.

With the exception of Tomiyasu, who complains of pain in his right thigh, and Sakai, who suffers from a muscular problem in his left thigh, all the other aces in the Japanese team look completely ready for the confrontation.

window of opportunity

Perhaps it will be an opportunity for the Japanese national team to take advantage of the imbalance that the Costa Rica national team is currently suffering from, after its severe loss against Spain, which was the heaviest in the history of its participation in the World Cup.

Colombian coach Luis Fernando, coach of Costa Rica, expressed his concerns about the state of mind of his players, after the resounding defeat against Spain, where he said, “I have to deal with this result, and think long about what I say to my players to raise their spirits.”

“I am really worried that my team will not be able to handle this terrible loss,” the Costa Rican coach stressed.

Despite this, the Costa Rican national team, which has passed the group stage twice, during its five previous participations in the World Cup, is looking forward to regaining its pride again.

Costa Rica hopes to follow the path of the Iranian national team, which shook off its harsh 2/6 defeat against England, with a deserved 2/0 victory over Wales in the second round, to revive its chances of advancing to the next round.