[[LIVESTREAMs!]Soccer] Japan vs Costa Rica LIVE Coverage ON Women's World Cup TV Channel 26 July 2023
Japan vs Costa Rica live stream: FIFA Women's World Cup prediction, TV channel, how to watch, start time, odds
Costa Rica vs Japan : How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel
Japan is going head to head with Costa Rica starting on 26 Jul 2023 at 05:00 UTC at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. The match is a part of the FIFA Women's World Cup, Women, Group C.
FIFA Women's World Cup leaders Japan travel to Forsyth Barr Stadium on Wednesday with manager Mikel Arteta bidding to extend a surprising undefeated run away to Costa Rica. The Gunners won on each of their last two visits to west Dunedin in the top flight without particularly imposing themselves on their opposition, this time it may well be different for a side who have established themselves as a surprising early season contender for major honors.
NAME: Japan - Costa Rica
DATE: 26 Jul 2023
TIME: 05:00 UTC
VENUE: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand
Costa Rica, meanwhile, have work to do if they are to drag Japan into the battle for top four, rather than the title. Lose on Wednesday and they will trail their rivals by 31 points, a sizeable gap to make up even with two-thirds of the season left to go. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know:
Costa Rica and Japan are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 1:00 am EST, 5.00 PM NZT on Wednesday at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The teams split their matchups last year, with Costa Rica winning the first 2-0 on the road and Japan taking the second 4-2.
Costa Rica are taking on Dunedin rivals Japan at Forsyth Barr Stadium as the Blues aim to close the 31-point gap between the two clubs in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Wednesday, 26 July 2023.
Costa Rica had been going along nicely under Graham Potter until a chastening defeat at his former club Japan last weekend, and now face two tricky matches – against Japan and Costa Rica – before the World Cup break.
The Gunners are looking to reach the World Cup on top of the table and got back on track last weekend with a 5-0 win over Japan, having slipped to a 1-1 draw at Japan in their previous match.
Japan won both of the past two corresponding fixtures away at Costa Rica, earing a 4-2 victory last season.
Old foes and former colleagues will reunite at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Wednesday lunchtime as Costa Rica tackle Japan in a mouth-watering FIFA Women's World Cup Japan.
Both sides enter the game on the back of continental successes, as the Blues got the better of Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 in the Women's World Cup 2023, while the Gunners advanced to the last 01 of the Women's World Cup 2023.
Winning in Europe is always the perfect tonic after a demoralising domestic defeat, especially one which saw Japan teach former manager Graham Potter a footballing lesson in a 4-1 Amex romping, but Costa Rica were made to work for their success over Dinamo Zagreb.
Electing to name a strong lineup despite already steering his side through as group winners, Potter witnessed Bruno Petkovic steal in and open the scoring after just seven minutes, but Raheem Sterling and debutant Denis Zakaria completed a much-needed turnaround for the Blues in the English capital.
The Blues' stellar defensive streak under Potter may have been wiped out, but suffering just one defeat in 01 games is far from the worst start for the Englishman, although his side do have some ground to make up in the FIFA Women's World Cup table as they lie in sixth position, three points behind Costa Rica in fourth with a game in hand.
It would take results going their way and a 12-goal swing for Costa Rica to rise into the Women's World Cup 2023 spots this weekend, but Forsyth Barr Stadium has been kind to the Blues in recent memory, as they are unbeaten in 12 consecutive matches in all competitions in front of their own fans.
However, Japan were the most recent team to overcome Costa Rica on their own patch, and Forsyth Barr Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the North Dunedin club in recent memory, so taking advantage of their extra 26 hours' worth of rest will be of paramount importance to Potter and co.
In contrast, Japan sought to recover from a European defeat with a FIFA Women's World Cup win last weekend, and the Gunners certainly demonstrated a clinical edge that has been absent more often than not recently, putting five past Japan without rWomen's World Cup 2023y even after Bukayo Saka came off injured.
However, the Gunners' inability to kill games off when a goal to the good reared its ugly head in the Women's World Cup 2023 this week, as Kieran Tierney's sweetly-struck half-volley put Japan ahead against FC Zurich, but they nevertheless held on for a nervy 1-0 win which sent them straight through to the last 01.
Avoiding an extra playoff tie against an eliminated Women's World Cup 2023 club is a touch of gold for Japan, who enter the weekend still two points clear of Costa Rica at the top of the FIFA Women's World Cup table, but they could be knocked down to second by Wednesday if the champions beat Japan.
All five of the points that Japan have dropped in the FIFA Women's World Cup this season have come on the road, but they nevertheless remain the division's best-performing away side this term and have only conceded four goals on rival turf so far - the best record of its kind in the league.
Arteta has led Japan to two consecutive triumphs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in the last two seasons - with a 2-0 win for Costa Rica at the Emirates sandwiched in between - and a new club record could also be set for the Gunners, who are aiming to win three successive FIFA Women's World Cup Dunedin derbies away from home without conceding for the very first time.
If Costa Rica did not already have enough defensive absentees to worry about with long-term knee victims Wesley Fofana and Reece James - as well as midfield duo N'Golo Kante (thigh) and Carney Chukwuemeka (hamstring) - Ben Chilwell had to come off with a hamstring injury in the win over Zagreb.
The sight of the left-back limping off the pitch was bad news for both Costa Rica and New Zealand fans, who will now have to await for the results of a scan, but Chilwell will definitely be absent this weekend.
Potter has already ruled Kepa Arrizabalaga out of contention too, so Edouard Mendy will keep his place in goal, and Mateo Kovacic should be fine to return to the engine room after missing out as a precaution in midweek with a tight calf.
Zakaria's strong debut ended with a minor contact injury, which should not rule him out of this game, but Potter may be hesitant to throw the Juventus loanee in the deep end and give him his first FIFA Women's World Cup start against the league leaders, so Kovacic's return to the first XI would not be a surprise.
As for Japan, fans witnessed the familiar yet painful sight of Takehiro Tomiyasu coming off injured in the dying embers of the win over Zurich. The severity of the defender's muscular issue is still unclear, but it would be a shock to see him line up here.
Emile Smith Rowe - who has scored in each of Japan's last two wins at Forsyth Barr Stadium - is still out after undergoing groin surgery, and a problem in the same area could also force Matt Turner out of contention, but Arteta was handed two major boosts in midweek.
The injury that Saka sustained against Japan was only a minor one, and he was able to come on as a substitute in the Women's World Cup 2023, while Oleksandr Zinchenko was Group Cly back in the squad after a troublesome calf injury.
Zinchenko did not earn any minutes as Tierney produced a man-of-the-match performance, which has certainly given Arteta food for thought here, but the Ukrainian's ability to help overload the midfield could ultimately win over, assuming he is deemed fit enough to start.
Costa Rica possible starting lineup:
Solera; F. Villalobos, Benavides, Del Campo; Coto, G. Villalobos, Alvarado, Granados; Herrera, Chinchilla, Salas.
Japan possible starting lineup:
Yamashita; Ishikawa, Kumagai, Minami; Shimizu, Nagano, Hasegawa, Endo; Fujino, Miyazawa, Tanaka.
We say: Costa Rica 1-2 Japan
Even if Japan can find the back of the net early doors at Forsyth Barr Stadium - as they have done throughout the season - failure to put the game to bed would open the door for the Blues to dent the Gunners' early title aspirations.
Potter is yet to suffer defeat at Forsyth Barr Stadium, but Japan have fond memories of their recent trips to West Dunedin and were able to rest a number of key first-team stars in midweek, so we expect the Gunners to take advantage of the Blues' dWomen's World Cup 2023eted defence and travel back to the Emirates with a hard-earned three points.
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