Samurai Blue’s knockout expectations are slashed by Fuller.

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Costa Rica kept their hopes of appearing in the knockout stages of a World Cup (WC) finals beginning around 2014 alive with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Japan at the Ahmad container Ali Arena.

Japan didn’t let the taking off temperatures access Al Rayyan influence their opening going after tries in order to enlist consecutive triumphs at a FIFA World Cup finals beginning around 2002. Costa Rica began the challenge more reassuringly than in their previous Gathering E experience, coming off their heaviest loss at a WC and capitulating to a shining seven-objective Spanish scene just four days prior.

Following the recovery from a deficit to daze Japan director Hajime Moriyasu threw the substitutional dice toward the beginning of the final part by introducing Hiroki Ito and Takuma Asano into the conflict after three events in four of their previous five matches. Costa Rica, seeking their most memorable victory in eight World Cup matches, were forced to rely on Keylor Navas early in the final period, as the veteran goalkeeper prevented Hidemasa Morita’s fearsome strike from nestling into the top corner.

After failing to score in five of their previous seven World Cup matches, Luis Fernando Suárez entrusted substitutes Brandon Aguilera and Jewison Bennette with reviving Los Ticos’ undeniably poor goal-scoring abilities. Keysher Fuller was completely exposed as the challenge ended in a draw.

Gathering E in the 81st moment as the protector’s strike found a way past an outstretched Shichi Gonda.

Costa Rica is now level on points with Japan, as Los Ticos face four-time World Cup champions Germany in their final Group E encounter, requiring only a point, while hoping Spain can defeat the Samurai Blues. In the meantime, a frustrating loss for Japan leaves Moriyasu needing a result against La Furia Roja to have any chance of making their first consecutive appearances in the World Cup knockouts.

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By Gabbie Odonkor Chief Executive Officer
Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor , known professionally as Gabbie Odonkor, is a Ghanaian Sports blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter. He founded, a sports website and blog that primarily publishes news about sports.
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