DOHA (AFP) – Costa Rica stunned Japan 1-0 thanks to a late goal at the World Cup yesterday to blow Group E wide open and hand a potential lifeline to Germany.
Japan, who shocked four-time champions Germany 2-1 in their opener in Qatar, could have taken a giant stride towards the last 16 with a win.
Instead they laboured for large parts of the match against a Costa Rica side who were hammered 7-0 by Spain, then defender Keysher Fuller scored in the 81st minute with a deflected strike.
It was Costa Rica’s first shot on target at this World Cup and could be of huge benefit to the Germans.
The result left Spain, Japan and Costa Rica all on three points.
Barely attacking for most part of the match, Costa Rica stole the game nine minutes from normal time when Fuller’s shot took a deflection and looped in the back of the net, sealing their first victory.