Japan face Costa Rica on Sunday morning in assembly between two groups that loved and endured differing fortunes of their World Cup openers.
Supervisor Hajime Moriyasu described Japan’s 2-1 win towards Germany as “a historic second, a historic victory”. Costa Rica’s contest with Spain may also warrant a spot within the historical past books – however for all of the flawed causes.
The 7-0 loss Luis Fernando Suarez’s aspect suffered was comfortably the nation’s heaviest World Cup defeat. Extra damningly, it was the primary time a nation had gone a whole match with no single shot – on course or in any other case – since Costa Rica, themselves have been responsible of the identical toothless show towards Brazil in 1990 (per Opta).
This is the whole lot you might want to know concerning the upcoming conflict between these contrasting nations.
Japan vs Costa Rica H2H Outcomes (All Time)
Present Kind (Final 5 Video games)
Japan group information
Japan ended the match with a wildly completely different system and personnel in comparison with the one which went in 1-0 down at half-time to Germany. Moriyasu completed the match with two wingers at wingback and a front-three behind simply two central midfielders – certainly one of which scored.
It is unlikely that Japan will go all-out assault from the off towards Costa Rica however Moriyasu could also be tempted to stay with the back-three which dealt with the specter of Germany’s vast overloads after the interval.
Japan Beginning 11 (3-4-3): Gonda; Itakura, Yoshida, Tomiyasu; Sakai, Endo, Tanaka, Nagatomo; J Ito, Asano, Kamada.
Bench: Kawashima Schmidt, H Ito, Taniguchi, Yamane, Morita, Shibasaki, Minamino, Maeda, Soma, Kubo, Doan, Machino, Ueda, Mitoma.
Costa Rica group information
Suarez is predicted to have a full squad at his disposal. However how lots of the beginning XI that Spain sentenced to dying by a thousand passes (1,045 to be exact) will retain their place stays to be seen.
Costa Rica Beginning 11 (5-4-1): Navas; Fuller, Duarte, Waston, Calvo, Oviedo; Campbell, Tejeda, Aguilera, Zamora; Contreras.
Bench: Alvarado, Sequeira, Chacon, Vargas, Matarrita, Lopez, Salas, Wilson, Torres, Bennette, Borges, Ruiz, Hernandez, Venegas, Martinez.
Spain’s victory was so comprehensively demoralising, Costa Rica’s coach Suarez feared its wider repercussions. “Psychologically I’m actually fearful we gained’t have the ability to recuperate from this,” he admitted.
Of the ten earlier groups to have conceded not less than seven targets in a World Cup match, eight misplaced their subsequent recreation. But, whereas there’s precedent for a miraculous turnaround, Japan ought to have greater than sufficient to compound the woes of a fragile Costa Rica.
Prediction: Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
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