World Cup 2022 LIVE: Japan vs Costa Rica latest score, goals and updates as Takuma Asano adds spark off bench

“We need to forget the win over Germany” – head coach Moriyasu

Japan take on Costa Rica in Group E of World Cup 2022 this morning as they hope to secure a spot in the last 16 today. Their opening game against Germany was one of the shocks of the tournament as Hajime Moriyasu’s men fought from a goal down to win 2-1 thanks to two goals in the second half. That victory puts Japan on three points and another win today will see them qualify if Spain avoids defeat to Germany in the late kick off.

They face a Costa Rica side low on confidence after they were soundly beaten 7-0 by Spain last time out. The Central American side have only reached the knockout rounds once since 1990 and failed to win a single game in Russia 2018 which, based on the evidence of their first game, looks likely to happen again during this tournament.

There are calls to make over personnel for both managers. It was Japan’s substitutes who changed the game against so will Moriyasu stick or twist with his starting XI?

Costa Rica boss, Luis Fernando Suarez, has a similar call to make โ€“ but for different reasons as his entire team were woeful against Spain โ€“ and he will be hoping that whoever starts will play better if his side has any hope of earning a point in this group.

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Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

57 mins: Chance! Yuki Soma receives the ball on the left wing and drives up to the box. He cuts inside and goes for goal but hooks his right-footed effort well wide of the far post!

The effort was poor but it’s an encouraging sign from Japan.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 11:15

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Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

54 mins: Ito is penalized for a nudge in the back of Gerson Torres. Joel Campbell sends the free kick up towards the box with Kendall Watson the main target.

He finds himself well marked and the ball drops over his head before bouncing out for a goal kick.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 11:13

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Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

51 mins: Japan have had four shots in six minutes since the restart and are piling the pressure on Costa Rica who needs to weather this storm. If Japan goes ahead it will be difficult for the Central American side to respond.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 11:09

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Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

48 mins: Japan’s formation has changed to a 3-4-3 allowing them more options going forward. Wataru Endo now has a go from just inside the penalty area but his shot gets blocked.

Japan has upped the tempo considerably.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 11:07

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Second half: Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

Japan kicked off the second half having made a couple of changes. Takuma Asano and Hiroki Ito being brought on.

Chance! Asano is called into action immediately and lays the ball off to Hidemasa Morita who drills a shot from the edge of the box and forces the save out of Keylor Navas.

Great start to the second half.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 11:05

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England manager Gareth Southgate would go ‘bonkers’ if he listened to World Cup criticism

Gareth Southgate believes he would be at risk of going “bonkers” if he chose to engage with the noise around England’s performances and the criticism of his selections and has maintained that he will keep doing things his way.

Southgate’s critics have grown louder over the past year, with England winning just one of their last eight games, and his side were booed at full time of Friday’s drab goalless draw with the United States.

That is despite the 52-year-old having led England to the latter stages of the last two major tournaments and remaining top of Group B, with only a point required against Wales on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the World Cup.

After six years in the job, Southgate has grown used to having his every call questioned, but he has purposely shut himself off from the debate surrounding his decisions while in Qatar in order not to let it influence him.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 11:00

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HT Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

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Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:56

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HT Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

This hasn’t exactly been one for the neutrals. There’s been little danger and even less action in front of the goal. Whoever scores first may go on to win this 1-0.

A draw keeps Costa Rica in the tournament so they will be happy. Their back five has really strengthened them defensively.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:52

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Half-time: Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

45+1 mins: The one added minute comes and goes before the whistle signals the end of the first half. Both teams need shaking at the break, this game needs more intensity and excitement.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:46

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Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

42 mins: That’s go with attritional over dull as the adjective to describe the first half.

That’s purely because Miki Yamane livens up proceedings by taking Joel Campbell out from behind and earning himself a yellow card.

Michael Jones27 November 2022 10:44

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