Score and latest updates from the 2022 World Cup

Japan vs Costa Rica live: score and latest updates from 2022 FIFA World Cup – Issei Kato/Reuters

10:03

1′: Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

The Central Americans defend set pieces well and can breathe a sigh of relief. Going behind so early would have dealt a huge blow to their confidence – huge understatement -.

10:01

1′: Japan 0-0 Costa Rica

They are underway and Japan start more brilliantly, winning a corner after just 40 seconds.

09:57

National anthems were sung

And it’s kick-off time.

Japan Fans World Cup - Noushad Thekkayil/Shutterstock

Japan Fans World Cup – Noushad Thekkayil/Shutterstock

09:54

It’s so hot in Doha

That there could be an aperitif break during both times. Just when you thought it wasn’t possible to have even longer times in this World Cup….

09:51

There are just a few moments left for the teams to enter the field

It’s hard to see anything other than a Japan win, but this was a World Cup of shock and topsy-turvy performance.

09:32

So there are five changes for Japan

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu told his players to forget the victory over Germany and made five changes to his lineup, as if to underscore his claim that it didn’t matter.

Enter Miki Yamane, Hidemasa Morita, Yuki Soma, Ayase Ueda and Ritsu Doan, who came off the bench to score an equalizer against Germany.

For Costa Rica, a 7-0 victory at the hands of Spain did not bring about such a series of changes: only two changes were made.

Kendall Waston replaces Carlos Martinez at right-back and Gerson Torres is preferred over Sunderland’s Jewison Bennette on the left wing.

09:25

Japan fans get in the mood

A win today would guarantee Japan a place in the second round.

Japanese fans - Philip Fong/AFP

Japanese fans – Philip Fong/AFP

Japan Fan Qatar World Cup - Philip Fong /AFP

Japan Fan Qatar World Cup – Philip Fong /AFP

Japan Fan Qatar World Cup - Adam Davy/PA

Japan Fan Qatar World Cup – Adam Davy/PA

09:21

So who do you think will win?

09:19

How teams line up

JAPAN XI TO TACKLE COSTA RICA: Gonda, Yamane, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Endo, Morita, Soma, Kamada, Doan, Ueda.

Substitutes: Kawashima, Taniguchi, Shibasaki, Mitoma, Minamino, Kubo, Junya Ito, Tomiyasu, Tanaka, Asano, Sakai, Machino, Schmidt, Maeda, Hiroki Ito.

THE COSTA RICA XI AGAINST JAPAN: Navas, Waston, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo, Fuller, Borges, Tejeda, Torres, Campbell, Contreras.

Substitutes: Chacon, Vargas, Bennette, Ruiz, Venegas, Salas, Martinez, Alvarado, Aguilera, Lopez, Matarrita, Sequeira, Wilson, Hernandez, Zamora.

09:07

Japan said to forget the victory over Germany

If you beat one of the favorites in your opening game, playing with a freedom and sense of fun that everyone seems to have on your side, then it would be all too easy and forgivable to get carried away. But Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu has told his players their sensational 2-1 victory over Germany will count for nothing when they face Costa Rica today.

Wednesday’s win was one of the more shocking results of week one, and Moriyasu acknowledged the shock counts as one of the greatest moments in team history.

He said: “[Germany] he’s one of the best powers in the football community, so I think this is Japan’s achievement and our players have been wonderful, so I’m really proud that they play like this.

“However, victory doesn’t really promise us a victory tomorrow and our opponents are different, so of course we have to play differently, otherwise we won’t win. The past result must be forgotten, as there is no time for complacency and about which we we will concentrate [today’s] match.”

Japan are hoping to reach the second round for the fourth time in seven World Cup appearances. Their best finish ever was ninth, in both 2002 and 2010.

Moriyasu revealed that Japan “want to build their own style while also learning from other countries”, and their most influential teachers could be the country they beat on Wednesday as seven members of Japan’s squad play in the Bundesliga, while Ao Tanaka plies his trade in the second division of the Bundesliga.

Costa Rica, meanwhile, are trying to retool after Spain inflicted a heavy 7-0 defeat on their opener and face an uphill, if not mathematically impossible, battle to advance.

Former Arsenal striker Joel Campbell said: “As long as we have the chance to progress, we will have to leave everything on the pitch.

“It won’t be easy of course, but we are very excited because we can still go to the next stage and we have to fight for it. Tomorrow we will bring our A-game.”

Saty here for all the pre-match news and action from what could be a fun match at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

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