An 81st-minute goal from Keisher Fuller helped Costa Rica beat Japan 1-0 in their FIFA World Cup tie to leave Group E on three points from two matches on Sunday. Fuller took advantage of a defensive error and fired a shot into the net from 18 meters that skimmed the top of Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda’s fingers.
The match at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium was dull for the most part, especially in the first half which saw not a single shot on goal. In comparison, the second half was slightly better, with Japan continuing to dominate until Costa Rica took the lead. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved several quick shots in the final minutes to keep the lead.
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Japan will play their last Group E match against Spain, while Costa Rica will face Germany. Japan could have reached the knockout stage with a win in this match. They had upset Germany by defeating them 2–1 in the opening match. Costa Rica suffered a 0-7 loss to Spain in the first match and the team is trying to stay in the tournament.