Japan vs Costa Rica: 2022 World Cup, Group Stage Match Preview and Dream11 Predictions

Japan vs Costa Rica on Sunday morning in meeting between two teams that enjoyed and endured differing fortunes in their World Cup openers.

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Japan vs Costa Rica on Sunday morning in meeting between two teams that enjoyed and endured differing fortunes in their World Cup openers.

Match Details:

  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
  • Date: Sunday 27 November
  • Kick-off Time: 3:30 PM IST
  • Watch: Sports 18/HD, Jio Cinema App

Japan vs Costa Rica: Match Preview:

Japan can on Sunday confirm their place in the World Cup knockout stages with victory over Costa Rica.

A remarkable come-from-behind victory over Germany has put the Blue Samaria in pole position to reach the last-16 stage for the fourth time. With Spain up next, they will want to get the job done this weekend.

For Costa Rica, a 7-0 defeat to Spain was the worst possible start, meaning they simply must win tonight to stand any chance of advancing.

Team News:


Japan ended the match with a wildly different system and personnel compared to the one that went in 1-0 down at half-time to Germany. Moriyasu finished the match with two wingers at wingback and a front-three behind just two central midfielders - one of which scored.

It's unlikely that Japan will go all-out attack from the off against Costa Rica but Moriyasu may be tempted to stick with the back-three which handled the threat of Germany's wide overloads after the interval.

Costa Rica:

Suarez is expected to have a full squad at his disposal. But how many of the starting XI that Spain sentenced to death by a thousand passes (1,045 to be precise) will retain their place remains to be seen.

Japan vs Costa Rica: Head to Head:

The two teams have crossed paths five times, with all meetings being friendlies. Japan are undefeated in these games, recording four wins while one game has ended in a draw.

Japan have scored at least three goals in four of their five meetings against the South American team, who have scored three goals in all of their five games against Japan.

Costa Rica conceded more goals (7) than any other team in the first match of the FIFA World Cup.

Predicted Line-ups:

Japan Starting 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 Starting 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.

JPN vs COS: Dream11 Predictions:

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