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04/07/2007
0:1 (0:0)
  • Atomu TANAKA (67')

Summary

Japan book early passage

Japan became the first team at these finals to qualify for the round of 16 after earning a narrow 1-0 win over poor-finishing Costa Rica on Wednesday in Group F.

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Coaches

Geovanni ALFARO (CRC)
(JPN) Yasushi YOSHIDA

Officials

Referee: Wolfgang STARK (GER)Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik SALVER (GER)Assistant Referee 2: Volker WEZEL (GER)Fourth official: Silviu PETRESCU (CAN)

Statistics

18Shots9
5Corner kicks5
1Yellow cards0
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
49%Possession (%)51%
  • Costa Rica - Japan
  • Zambia - Spain
  • Costa Rica - Japan
  • Costa Rica - Japan
  • Costa Rica - Japan
  • Costa Rica - Japan
Geovanni Alfaro: "With all due respect to Japan, I certainly do think that in balance we were superior today. If you break down creativity and goal scoring opportunities, I think you'll find we were ahead in those categories."