Costa Rica stunned Japan 1-0 thanks to a late goal at the World Cup on Sunday to blow Group E wide open and hand a potential lifeline to Germany.
Japan, who shocked four-time champions Germany 2-1 in their opener in Qatar, could have taken a giant stride towards the last 16 with a win.
Instead they laboured for large parts of the match against a Costa Rica side who were hammered 7-0 by Spain, then defender Keysher Fuller scored in the 81st minute with a deflected strike.
It was Costa Rica’s first shot on target at this World Cup and could be of huge benefit to the Germans.
EPL: Fulham boss thumbs up Bassey’s display against Nottingham Forest
Fulham manager, Marco Silva has showered encomium on Calvin Bassey following his impressive performance in the club’s big win against Nottingham Forest.
The Nigeria international was deployed on the left side of a back three in the 5-0 thrashing of Steve Cooper’s side at the Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.
Bassey received rave reviews for his display in the game.
Silva praised the defender for adapting to the new position.
“Bassey played on the left-hand side, which is usually Tim’s role, and it was nice to see him perform as well, ” the gaffer said after the game.
The 23-year-old’s international teammate Alex Iwobi scored a brace for Fulham in the encounter.
Bassey joined Fulham from Eredivisie outfit Ajax in the summer.
He reminds me of Lampard – Evra hails Man Utd midfielder
Former Manchester United vice-captain, Patrice Evra has hailed midfielder Scott McTominay for his impressive display against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Evra said that McTominay reminds him of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, adding that the Scotland international always performs in big matches.
McTominay scored a brace as Man United defeated Chelsea 2-1 in Wednesday’s Premier League tie at Old Trafford.
His brace against Mauricio Pochettino’s side was his sixth goal this season in all competitions for the Red Devils so far.
He is Man United’s top scorer for the season so far and Evra is impressed with him.
“McTominay is always there when it is an important game scoring goals,” Evra told Amazon Prime.
“He reminds me a bit of Frank Lampard. He is doing this for United and the Scottish national team so very well done.
“He could have scored four. After the game he was a little bit disappointed. He had so many chances, he is always in the right place and always running into the box, this is why he reminds me of of Lampard tonight.”
CAF Awards 2023: Nnadozie, Abiodun, Super Falcons among final top three nominees
Chiamaka Nnadozie has made the final shortlist for the 2023 CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year.
Nnadozie was outstanding for Nigeria at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The shot stopper also played a crucial role in her club, FC Paris’ maiden appearance in the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
South Africa’s Andile Dlamini and Morocco’s Khadija Er-Rmichi are the other goalies nominated for the award.
In the Women’s Young Player of the Year category, Deborah Abiodun will slug it out with Comfort Yeboah (Ghana) and Nesryne El Chad (Morocco).
Nigeria was among the final three nominees in the Women’s National Team of the Year category.
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