Japan pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament in midweek, and they’ll stand a very, very good chance of going through to the knockouts with another victory over Costa Rica. The Central American side were atrocious in their opener and would rank dead last in most people’s World Cup power rankings. Will they show a bit of fight or bow out with a whimper? Here’s how to watch a Japan vs Costa Rica live stream in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Japan vs Costa Rica live stream
Date: Sunday, November 27
Kick-off: 1pm AST (local) / 10am GMT / 5am ET / 2am PT / 3.30pm IST / 9pm AEDT / 11pm NZDT
Venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
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Japan’s 2-1 win over Germany was a surprise, but not quite the earth-trembling shock it’s been made out to be in some quarters. Hajime Moriyasu can call upon star quality in all areas of the pitch, as demonstrated by the fact that three substitutes combined for their terrific equaliser.
Those three players were Kaoru Mitoma, Takumi Minamino and Ritsu Doan, who ply their trade for Brighton, Monaco and Freiburg. Another sub, Takuma Asano, scored the winner after a delightful bit of ball control, and best of all, Japan got their just desserts while playing a risky, forward-thinking brand of football.
Costa Rica, meanwhile, failed to muster a single attempt on goal during their 7-0 trouncing at the hands of Spain. It was a performance that nobody expected from a team that qualified for the World Cup in thrilling fashion, and the complete lack of cohesion between Keylor Navas and his defensive colleagues was painful to watch. The only way is up, surely?
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Mitoma Kaoru’s fitness was the big question mark for Japan entering the tournament but the Brighton winger, who’s been dealing with an illness, looked sharp off the bench against Germany, even playing a crucial role in one of the goals. Midfielder Wataru Endo also played his part after recovering from a concussion.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Costa Rica, but the form and fitness of goalkeeper Keylor Navas is worrying. The Los Ticos talisman hasn’t played any club football all season and has also been dealing with a back injury, and he certainly looked rusty against Spain.
World Cup 2022 Group E table
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World Cup 2022 Group E fixtures
(All times GMT. Take away 5 hours for ET. Add 11 hours for AEDT.)
GROUP E FIXTURES
Wednesday, November 23
Germany 1 – 2 Japan
Spain 7 – 0 Costa Rica
Sunday, November 27
10am – Japan vs Costa Rica
7pm – Spain vs Germany
Thursday, December 1
7pm – Japan vs Spain
7pm – Costa Rica vs Germany