Japan on brink of last 16 after downing Costa Rica

Two goals in the first two minutes to Japanese conquest of 2-0 of Costa Rica and Dunedain Staken today, unless you make the winners in the world’s planet.

Nadeshiko removed the game of the air of the first 5-0 moves in Zambia if expected to be expected in the communion of the closed communion We did it well. “We have prioritized the points of victory. The players who came here have great goals and we all look at the same goal. ”

Played by Mina Tanaka at midfield level higher than midfielder Yui Hasegawa as they did against Zambia, Japan was already well on the rise before the double that eliminated the Central Americans. Left winger Hikaru Naomoto took the lead in the 25th minute, sliding past Maria Paula Coto and diving into the box before slotting the ball into the net after goalkeeper Daniela Solera’s save.

Two minutes later, youngster Aoba Fujino turned a defender on the right side, raced for goal and beat Solera at his near post from a tight corner. Costa Rica, who were beaten 3-0 by Spain in their opener, have not been able to overcome their opponents and so far are the only goals Japan will score.

Despite 25 attempts at goal, however, Japan could not add to their collection – a weakness that could worry Ikeda and the tough challenge ahead. Japan will face Spain in Wellington on Monday in a decider of the two teams, while Costa Rica – still looking for their first World Cup win – will Meet Zambia and Hamilton at the same time.

Costa Rica coach Amelia Valverde, who blamed failure and concentration for both goals, was asked whether it was time to end her eight-year reign. “I’m totally focused on having the best World Cup possible under the circumstances,” he told reporters.

We still have one game to play, for us, all games are important. I don’t think this is the right time to talk about it.

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