Fans display a large flag of Japan in the stands prior to the World Cup, group E match between Japan and Costa Rica, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Sunday. AP
Shuichi Gonda; Miki Yamane, Kou Itakura, Maya Yoshida (capt), Yuto Nagatomo; Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita; Ritsu Doan, Daichi Kamada, Yuki Soma; Ayase Ueda
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu
Costa Rica (5-3-2)
Keylor Navas; Keysher Fuller, Oscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Oviedo, Kendall Waston; Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Gerson Torres; Anthony Contreras, Joel Campbell
Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez (COL)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Japan stunned Germany 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Wednesday, punishing the four-time champions for not taking their chances after they dominated the first half.
France's Stephanie Frappart will be the first female referee to lead a men's match at the World Cup finals. The 38-year-old will take charge of a men's World Cup game on Thursday, working with two women assistant referees.
Japan is appearing in the knockout stage for the fourth time and still searching for its first win. It rallied in group play to beat both Germany and Spain - two former world champions - 2-1 but also stumbled to a 1-0 loss against Costa Rica.
Barcelona forward Lewandowski was almost overcome with emotion after making sure Poland took a big step towards the last 16 in Qatar when he rolled home in the 82nd minute after being gifted the ball by Saudi midfielder Abdulelah Al Malki.
The fourth week saw strong competition, as 28 matches were played, in five disciplines; 8 football, 3 basketball, 4 volleyball, 6 cricket, and 7 hockey matches.
The stage is set for the opening rounds of the inaugural Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open presented by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with the top seeds learning their pathways to potential glory following the official draw event. The draw event took place on Saturday night at the Galleria Mall in Al Maryah Island with representatives
Daniel Gavins holed an enormous putt at the 18th to win his second DP World Tour title in memorable fashion as the 2023 Ras Al Khaimah Championship reached a dramatic conclusion. The 31-year-old held a two-shot lead as he headed to the 18th tee but found the water twice at the last to seriously dent his chances of winning