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Japan beat Germany 2-1 in World Cup shock


Japan beat Germany 2-1 in a shock World Cup match on Wednesday when Takuma Asano’s 83rd-minute goal stunned the four-time champions.

The four-time German champion Ilkay Gündogan took the lead with a penalty in the first half. But Doan, who plays for Germany’s Freiburg, bounced to equalize in the 76th minute after German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked Takumi Minamino’s shot.

Then Asano, who plays for Germany’s Bochum team, edged past Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a tight angle in the 83rd minute.

It was the first competitive meeting between the two countries.

Before the match, the German players covered their mouths when taking pictures of their teammates as a clear rebuke to FIFA following the decision to suspend plans to wear the captain’s armband to protest discrimination in host country Qatar.

This shocking result echoes their 2018 World Cup nightmare as, as defending champions, they lost to Mexico in the opening match and after another defeat to South Korea they were eliminated from the round. board.

Germany looked to be dominating the clash in Group E, but with each missed opportunity leaving the door open for Japan, the team showed little in attack until a series of Energy substitutions in the second half.

Doan equalized in the 76th minute before Asano displayed lovely control and finished the decision from a tight angle – leaving the Japanese bench bursting with joy.

It was a change that seemed unbelievable as Japan struggled to gain any foothold for much of the match.

Germany’s early dominance paid off when Joshua Kimmich fouled David Raum in the wide open space of the box and goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda clumsily knocked him down as he turned, with Gundogan taking the ball. penalty in the 33rd minute.

Kai Havertz made what he thought was a second into first half stoppage time and although the assistant referee was the only one in the Khalifa International Stadium not noticing he was one meter offside. , VAR didn’t validly allow it.

Initially, the game changed slightly in the second half when Jamal Musiala went ahead after a run through and Gundogan cut the post.

Gonda then made amends with four consecutive saves to deny Jonas Hofmann and Serge Gnabry, helping his team keep going.

Manuel Neuer, making his fourth World Cup appearance, was also alert to save Hiroki Sakai and did well soon after to save Takumi Minamino, only for substitute Doan to loose the ball. .

Suddenly, Japan surged in and Asano showed great strength when he took a high free-kick and saved defender Nico Schlotterbeck as well as superb technique to get the ball into the smallest spaces.

Germany have launched an all-out attack since then to no avail, and now face a potentially must-win next game against Spain.

Japan next faces Costa Rica and will dream of the final round of 16.

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