They last met in September 2018, when Japan won 3-0.
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However, today’s game marks the first time the two sides are meeting in a major tournament.
Costa Rica enters the game on the back of a 7-0 thrashing by Spain, so, naturally, they are now the underdogs in the group.
Japan vs Costa Rica Match Results
But coach Luis Fernando Suarez insists his side is not giving up just yet, with two games to go.
“Rebirth? We’re not dead, so we can’t be reborn,” Suarez said before the clash with Japan.
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu says his team must be better when it comes to transitioning between defense and attack,
Japan vs Costa Rica Team Squad
The Samurai Blue struggled in this regard during their surprise 2-1 win over Germany in their World Cup opener as they trailed 0-1 at the break. However, a second-half improvement turned the game around.
“The Costa Rica team has high physical performance and can play in an organized manner, that’s what we have observed. They are a good team. It will be a crucial second match,” said Moriyasu.