Luis Fernando Suarez’s side will want to restore pride in the nation after their 7-0 defeat to Spain in their competition opener on Wednesday.
Ferran Torres scored twice for La Roja, while Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler, and Alvaro Morata also scored in Doha, with La Roja the much superior side.
On December 1, La Tricolor will face Germany in their final group match, and it could prove to be difficult seeing Los Ticos making an impression in this group, but they will be determined to give their fans something to cheer about against a red-hot Japan team.
Japan, on the other hand, could not be happier. Their superb win against a much-favoured Germany sees them go into a game where they are a win away from securing their place in the knockout stages for the fourth time. Most recently in 2018, when they finished second in Group H before losing to Belgium in a thrilling first-knockout round tie.
Hajime Moriyasu’s team will finish their campaign against Spain on December 1, so this match is crucial. Japan must not be complacent as Los Ticos will go into that match wanting to frustrate them.