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. The German staff coated their mouths for the staff picture earlier than the match in a strong protest in opposition to FIFA’s determination to ban rainbow-themed armbands. Hansi Flick’s staff got here to Qatar beneath large strain 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 via a first-half penalty from Ilkay Gundogan and will have been out of sight after creating a number of possibilities.
However Japan held on and equalised via substitute Ritsu Doan within the seventy fifth minute.
Takuma Asano then accomplished a outstanding 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 come back 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 appeared doable on the finish of the primary half.
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The Blue Samurai made a optimistic begin, with Daizen Maeda placing the ball within the internet as early because the eighth minute just for the linesman to flag for offside.
Nevertheless 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 objective with pictures, with Gonda conserving him out earlier than Maya Yoshida threw his physique in the way in which 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 internet earlier than the interval, just for VAR to rule the objective out for offside.
Musiala returned to torment Japan after the break, skipping via 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 stored up their strain and solely a string of last-ditch saves from Gonda prevented Japan from falling additional behind.
Doan confirmed him the way it was executed 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 nevertheless it was too little to late.
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