DOHA ( Associated Press) – The picture of Keylor Navas and his teammates looking out onto the field said it all.
They had just lost 7–0 to Spain, the worst defeat Costa Rica had suffered in their six World Cup appearances.
According to right-back Keisher Fuller, the players were unable to sleep that night.
After the setback, coach Luis Fernando Suarez tried to avoid as few distractions as possible for the team in the final hours and focus behind closed doors for Sunday’s clash against Japan, which saw a second defeat by the Costa Ricans. Will decide to abolish.
“I am worried mentally, I am worried that the group will not get out of this result the way it did,” said the Colombian strategist.
how did this happen? The Ticos were unable to finish once on goal and had 18% possession.
Meanwhile, Japan shocked everything by overturning an unfavorable score and defeating Germany 2–1, which would be measured in the second Group E match against Spain on the same date.
The humiliation was perhaps harsher for the historic trio – Navas, Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges – who are contesting their third consecutive World Cup and were pillars of the team that reached the quarter-finals in Brazil 2014, the greatest achievement ever by a Central American team. Was. Ruiz anticipates his retirement after Qatar.
To the embarrassment of the 35-year-old Navas, the defeat took his World Cup goals tally to 14 from nine matches. It’s a tough take on the distinguished career of the goalkeeper who impressed at Real Madrid before joining his current club Paris Saint-Germain.
Costa Rica and Japan have never met in World Cup matches.
Ritsu Don and Takuma Asano’s goals in the last quarter hour gave Japan victory over the four-time world champions. It was the first time that the Asians came back and won after drawing two and losing eleven in 13 World Cup games when they were behind.
Costa Rica arrived in Brazil determined to repeat their 2014 feat, but immediately clashed with the young Spanish machine.
Japan has never reached the quarter-finals in the World Cup and has that goal between its eyebrows. This is their seventh participation, having been eliminated three times in the round of 16, including the last edition in Russia. They lost 3–2 to Belgium after taking a 2–0 lead after extra time.
They also missed the Round of 16 in 2010, losing on penalties to Paraguay, and lost 1–0 to Turkey in 2002 when they co-hosted with South Korea.
His coach Hajime Moriyasu never tires of talking about breaking the “curse of the round of 16”.