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Two targets in 2 minutes assist Japan beat Costa Rica at Women’s World Cup

Hikaru Naomoto and Aoba Fujino scored two minutes aside within the first half to steer Japan to a 2-0 Women’s World Cup victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday, and the Japanese certified for the knockout stage later when Spain beat Zambia.

Japan and Spain — 5-0 winners over Zambia — have been the primary groups within the match to maneuver on to the spherical of 16. They are tied for the highest spot in Group C with six factors every, and seeding will probably be decided by the result of their Monday match.

Japan and Costa Rica kicked off in entrance of a sparse crowd of 6,992 at Dunedin Stadium, an enormous differential from the document gross sales of over 1.5 million tickets for this yr’s match. High fan turnout in Auckland and Sydney — there have been 117,000 mixed at opening evening in these cities — have been partly offset by a lot smaller crowds in Dunedin, the place attendance has dropped with every match from an preliminary excessive of 13,711.
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