- SOCCER WORLD CUP
Japan gears up for Costa Rica clash
15:24 JST, November 26, 2022
DOHA — Members of Japan’s national soccer team were busy practicing in Doha on Friday ahead of their World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica on Sunday.
Ranked 24th in the world, Japan stunned 11th-ranked Germany in their first group-stage match on Wednesday, with a 2-1 victory over one of the favorites to win the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Germany next faces Spain, which defeated 31st-ranked Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday.
If Japan beats Costa Rica on Sunday and Germany draws or loses to Spain, Japan will seal a spot in the knockout stages with a final group-stage match against Spain remaining.
The Samurai Blue are no strangers to the Round of 16. Japan made its third appearance in the knockout stages of a World Cup at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Japan vs Costa Rica kicks off at 1 p.m. (7 p.m. JST.)
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