Japan struggled to recapture the magic they shown against Germany in the first game

and they were left regretting their wasted opportunities on Sunday.

PAN The Asian powerhouses were expecting to advance to the next round with a victory .

after securing a comeback victory against Germany in their opening match

In the first half, both teams adopted a conservative stance, but Costa Rica proved to be a strong opponent on the day.

Japan got the second half off to a great start with two early goals on target as they took the initiative.

On this particular day, the Costa Rican defence seemed impenetrable, and Keylor Navas was quick to intercept every ball that entered the box.

Then Japan would try to get inside the Costa Rican box, but Navas would make a stunning stop to secure the victory.

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