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Costa Rica hang on for 1-0 win over Japan

Doha, Nov 27 (EFE).- Costa Rica put their Spain rout behind them to beat Japan 1-0 thanks to a Keysher Fuller curler.

The result will put pressure on four-time World Cup champions Germany, who sit at the bottom of Group E ahead of a date with Spain in Sunday’s evening fixture in Qatar.

Costa Rica jumped on a failed clearance attempt by Japan that ended with Fuller collecting the ball on the edge of the box, from where he curled it into the top left corner.

Japan goalkeeper Shūichi Gonda got a touch to the ball but it was not enough to prevent the Central American team from gaining the advantage.

The three points keep Costa Rica’s World Cup dreams alive after their poor opening game against Spain, which finished 7-0.

Having beaten Germany in a shock 2-1 win, Japan still have options to qualify for the knockout stages but have yet to face Spain.

Japan and Costa Rica, who have played two games so far, have three points each in Group E, while Spain and Germany have three and zero respectively after one game.

Spain could seal a place in the knockout stage with a win against the Germans on Sunday. EFE

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