Japan will be looking to make it two wins from two when they take on Costa Rica at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Sunday morning.
Japan turned the tournament upside down by beating Germany 2-1 on Wednesday. It was Takuma Asano who provided the winner to the underdogs.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica will be looking for redemption when they face Hajime Moriyasu’s side – having lost 7-0 to Spain in their opening game of the tournament.
So, with Japan’s clash with Costa Rica fast approaching, sports mail tells you everything you need to know about Group E play below.
Japan will be looking to make it two wins from two while Costa Rica will be looking to bounce back from suffering a 7-0 loss to Spain.
When is Japan vs Costa Rica?
The Group E match between Japan and Costa Rice will take place on Sunday, November 27. Costa Rica will be looking to redeem themselves after Wednesday’s devastating loss to Spain.
Date: Sunday, November 27
Time: 10am (UK), 5am (US) and 8pm (Australian Eastern Time)
How to watch the game
The match between Japan and Costa Rica will be shown live on ITV for UK viewers. If you’re looking to stream the game, you should head to the ITV hub.
The game will be free to all UK viewers with a TV license. During this time, the following stations will broadcast the game for US viewers: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo and Sling Blue.
Australian viewers can tune in to the match via SBS, which will be showing every game from the 2022 World Cup. SBS On Demand will also be showing the Japan vs Costa Rica game for those who travel.
If you can’t watch the match live, you can relive the action via the FIFA YouTube channel (worldwide). The official YouTube channel will post highlight videos after each game.
UK: ITV and ITV Hub
WE: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo, Sling Blue
Australia: SBS and SBS on demand
The match between Japan and Costa Rica will be broadcast live on ITV for viewers in the UK
Where is Japan playing against Costa Rica?
Japan’s match against Costa Rica will take place at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, located 20 km west of central Doha.
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium has a capacity of around 45,000. The venue – which was purposely built for the World Cup – is located just on the edge of the desert and reflects aspects of local culture and traditions.
Fans can get to the stadium via a new environmentally friendly Doha Metro system.
Japan’s game against Costa Rica will take place at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (pictured above)
Japan vs Costa Rica: Team News
Bryan Ruiz will be responsible for leading the line for Costa Rica. He is his country’s most capped player and is fourth in its all-time goalscoring rankings with 29. However, he will need to provide something big to help Costa Rice bounce back from their 7-0 loss to Spain .
Meanwhile, Junya Ito and Takumi Minamino will take on many responsibilities to provide a creative spark, especially on the counter, in Japan. Hajime Moriyasu hopes Ito and Minamino can build on Japan’s success against Germany on Wednesday.
Bryan Ruiz (L) will be tasked with leading the line for Costa Rica on Sunday morning
Japan team of 26 players:
Guardians: Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg), Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse), Daniel Schmidt (Saint-Trond).
Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Red Diamonds), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Ko Itakura (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal), Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart).
Midfielders: Gaku Shibasaki (Leganes), Wataru Endo (Stuttgart), Junya Ito (Reims), Takumi Minamino (Monaco), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting CP), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ritsu Doan (Fribourg), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad).
Attackers: Takuma Asano (Bochum), Daizen Maeda (Celtic), Ayase Ueda (Cercle Bruges), Shuto Machino (Shonan Bellmare).
Costa Rican team of 26 players:
Guardians: Keylor Navas (Paris St Germain), Esteban Alvarado (Herediano), Patrick Sequeira (CD Lugo).
Defenders: Francisco Calvo (Konyaspor), Juan Pablo Vargas (Millonarios FC), Kendall Waston (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Al-Wehda), Daniel Chacon (Colorado Rapids), Keysher Fuller (Herediano), Carlos Martinez (San Carlos), Bryan Oviedo (Real Salt Lake), Ronald Matarrita (Cincinnati).
Midfielders: Yeltsine Tejeda (Herediano), Celso Borges (Alajuelense), Youstin Salas (Saprissa), Roan Wilson (Greece), Gerson Torres (Herediano), Douglas Lopez (Herediano) Jewisson Bennette (Sunderland), Alvaro Zamora (Saprissa), Anthony Hernandez (Puntarenas FC), Brandon Aguilera (Nottingham Forest), Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense).
Attackers: Joel Campbell (Leon), Anthony Contreras (Herediano) Johan Venegas (Alajuelense).
Costa Rica will look for redemption after losing 7-0 to Spain on Wednesday
Japan and Costa Rica have faced each other five times. They took part in a series of international friendlies between 1995 and 2018. Japan emerged victorious in four of the five matches. The remaining game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Group E meetings
- Germany vs Japan – Wednesday, November 23 at 1 p.m.
- Spain vs Costa Rica – Wednesday 23 November at 4pm
- Japan vs Costa Rica – Sunday, November 27 at 10 a.m.
- Spain vs Germany – Sunday November 27 at 7 p.m.
- Japan vs Spain – Thursday December 1 at 7 p.m.
- Costa Rica vs Germany – Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m.