Sports

Costa Rica rallies late to beat Japan 1-0 in Group E

Keysher Fuller scored in the 81st minute to lift Costa Rica to a 1-0 victory over Japan on Sunday, leaving both teams with three points after two games in Group E of the World Cup, according to The Associated Press.

 

Fuller took advantage of a defensive error when Japan failed to clear the ball and hit the net from 18 meters just off the fingertips of leaping Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.

 

The match at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium was tactical and largely lackluster, particularly in a first half that did not yield a single shot on goal. The second half was slightly better with Japan pressing throughout until Costa Rica broke through.

 

Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas came up with several rapid fire saves in the final minutes to ensure the victory.

 

Japan has one Group E game remaining with Spain, and Costa Rica faces Germany in its final group match.

 

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency