Japan stun wasteful Germany in dramatic World Cup comeback



Japan surprised Germany 2-1 of their World Cup opener on Wednesday, punishing the four-time champions for not taking their possibilities after they dominated the primary half.

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The German crew coated their mouths for the crew photograph earlier than the match in a strong protest in opposition to FIFA’s determination to ban rainbow-themed armbands.

Hansi Flick’s crew got here to Qatar underneath enormous stress to keep away from the catastrophe of 2018, after they didn’t make it out of the group stage in Russia as holders.

They took the lead by a first-half penalty from Ilkay Gundogan and will have been out of sight after creating a bunch of possibilities.

However Japan held on and equalised by substitute Ritsu Doan within the seventy fifth minute.

Takuma Asano then accomplished a exceptional turnaround eight minutes later, smashing the ball dwelling to ship the boisterous Japanese followers wild.

Germany’s World Cup future is now on the road, with video games to return in Group E in opposition to Spain and Costa Rica.

Japan are eyeing a spot within the knockout spherical after a dramatic comeback that scarcely seemed doable on the finish of the primary half.

The Blue Samurai made a constructive begin, with Daizen Maeda placing the ball within the web as early because the eighth minute just for the linesman to flag for offside.

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However it was to show a false daybreak for Japan as Antonio Rudiger headed previous the put up from a nook, earlier than Joshua Kimmich examined goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda, with Gundogan blasting the rebound over the bar.

Gundogan peppered the Japan purpose with photographs, with Gonda conserving him out earlier than Maya Yoshida threw his physique in the best way of one other effort.

Gundogan put the Germans forward after they had been awarded a penalty when Gonda tripped David Raum, coolly slotting his kick down the center.

Jamal Musiala give a glimpse of his immense expertise when he turned and flashed a shot over the bar on the stroke of half-time.

There was simply sufficient time for Kai Havertz to place the ball within the web earlier than the interval, just for VAR to rule the purpose out for offside.

Musiala returned to torment Japan after the break, skipping by the defence earlier than blazing over.

The 19-year-old then turned supplier, laying the ball off for Gundogan to lash in opposition to the put up.

Japan introduced on livewire forwards Asano and Kaoru Mitoma to attempt to inject some vitality into the four-times Asian champions.

However Germany saved up their stress and solely a string of last-ditch saves from Gonda prevented Japan from falling additional behind.

Hiroki Sakai had a golden likelihood to equalise however blazed wildly over the bar after Manuel Neuer had parried the ball into his path.

Doan confirmed him the way it was performed simply minutes later, changing after Neuer had palmed away Takumi Minamino’s effort.

Asano then put the Japanese followers in dreamland, racing away into the field earlier than lashing dwelling a shot that Neuer was powerless to cease.

Germany threw everybody ahead in a determined seek for an equaliser but it surely was too little to late.