The second Group E game of the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar was played yesterday between Japan and Costa Rica at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, which was a thrilling and keenly contested encounter between the two sides.
Japan went into the game with a win in their first game where they came from behind to secure the whole maximum three points against Germany while Costa Rica suffered a humiliating seven goals to nil defeat against Spain.
However, Costa Rica were able to get their campaign back on track as they returned to winning ways thereby made the group opened going into the last group games while Japan failed to maintain their winning streaks.
The first half of the game ended goalless draw with nothing separating the two sides going into the half time break before Costa Rica finally got the deadlock broken in the 81st minute, courtesy of a goal from Keysher Fuller Spence to make it one nil which was also the final scoreline at full time.
After the game, one side attraction was that the Japanese fans were yet again spotted to have waited behind to clean up the stadium despite their defeat which was exactly the same thing they did in their first game against Germany where they won then with a comeback victory.
This has got the attention of the World football governing body popularly known as FIFA as they reacted with a post via their verified Twitter handle with the caption used to commend them for the respect shown with their act of good deeds even in victory or defeat.
Japan will then be hoping to return to winning ways in their last group game against Spain in order to boost their hope of advancing beyond the group stage.