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World Cup 2022: Germany shocked by late Japan comeback

A surprising late comeback from Japan noticed four-time winners Germany fall to a shock defeat of their opening World Cup recreation in Qatar.

Germany dominated a frenetic match for giant spells however did not capitalise on their stress – earlier than Japan precipitated the Khalifa International Stadium to erupt into a mixture of celebration and shock.

Substitute Takuma Asano squeezed in a thumping strike from a good angle to make it 2-1 to Japan and ran over to the photographers within the nook of the stadium in sheer delight.

There was a collective pause within the area because the ball rolled down from the roof of the online earlier than supporters realised it had gone in.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot within the first half, earlier than Japan substitute Ritsu Doan equalised within the seventy fifth minute.

The equaliser got here after a string of beautiful saves at every finish – Japan’s Shuichi Gonda pulling off a double cease to disclaim Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann, earlier than Germany’s Manuel Neuer obtained his fingertips to Junya Ito’s effort.

Germany, who completed backside of their group in Russia in 2018, had missed a number of possibilities to increase their lead when the rating was 1-0.

They face stiff opposition in Group E with 2010 winners Spain to return on Sunday, then a remaining group recreation in opposition to Costa Rica.

Before kick-off, Germany’s gamers put their palms over their mouths throughout a crew photograph and within the stands a German authorities minister, Nancy Faeser, wore the OneLove armband.

It comes after information the German soccer federation is investigating whether or not it’s authorized for Fifa to threaten gamers with sanction for sporting the OneLove armband in Qatar.

The Germany crew later tweetedexternal-link that human rights are “non-negotiable” and “we stand by our position”.

Flashbacks for Germany as Japan have a good time memorable win

The distress of Germany’s early exit from the World Cup in Russia couldn’t be forgotten as Hansi Flick’s aspect trudged off the sphere at full-time having suffered defeat by the hands of Asian opposition once more.

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Their supporters had arrived in hope greater than expectation that their younger stars would lead them into a brand new period.

Japan had been relentless in vitality and refused to present in, regardless of Germany controlling giant spells.

There was a ripple of hysteria within the remaining moments from the Japan supporters on the reverse finish to Gonda’s aim as Germany’s Leon Goretzka struck huge and goalkeeper Neuer got here up for consecutive corners to attempt to salvage a dramatic equaliser.

However, Japan held on and, as the ultimate whistle went, the gamers within the dugout raced on to the pitch to have a good time and flags had been waved gleefully within the stands.

They had precipitated issues for Germany within the first half as Celtic ahead Daizen Maeda had a aim disallowed for offside, earlier than Germany’s Kai Havertz additionally one chalked off for a similar purpose.

Gundogan and Antonio Rudiger each missed the goal with first rate possibilities within the first half, whereas midfielder Joshua Kimmich was denied twice by Gonda.

Gundogan coolly slotted his penalty down the center after David Raum had been pushed down by Gonda to present Germany a deserved lead, however they had been made to pay for his or her missed possibilities.

Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala beat 4 gamers within the field solely to blast an effort over the bar early within the second half, earlier than Goretzka shot huge within the remaining moments.

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  1. Squad quantity1Player titleNeuer

  2. Squad quantity15Player titleSüle

  3. Squad quantity2Player titleRüdiger

  4. Squad quantity23Player titleSchlotterbeck

  5. Squad quantity3Player titleRaum

  6. Squad quantity6Player titleKimmich

  7. Squad quantity21Player titleGündogan

  8. Squad quantity10Player titleGnabry

  9. Squad quantity13Player titleMüller

  10. Squad quantity14Player titleMusiala

  11. Squad quantity7Player titleHavertz

  1. Squad quantity8Player titleGoretzka

  2. Squad quantity9Player titleFüllkrug

  3. Squad quantity11Player titleGötze

  4. Squad quantity18Player titleHofmann

  5. Squad quantity26Player titleMoukoko


  1. Squad quantity12Player titleGonda

  2. Squad quantity19Player titleH Sakai

  3. Squad quantity4Player titleItakura

  4. Squad quantity22Player titleYoshida

  5. Squad quantity5Player titleNagatomo

  6. Squad quantity6Player titleEndo

  7. Squad quantity17Player titleTanaka

  8. Squad quantity14Player titleIto

  9. Squad quantity15Player titleKamada

  10. Squad quantity11Player titleKubo

  11. Squad quantity25Player titleMaeda

  1. Squad quantity8Player titleDoan

  2. Squad quantity9Player titleMitoma

  3. Squad quantity10Player titleMinamino

  4. Squad quantity16Player titleTomiyasu

  5. Squad quantity18Player titleAsano



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 15Süle
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 23Schlotterbeck
  • 3Raum
  • 6Kimmich
  • 21GündoganSubstituted forGoretzkaat 67′minutes
  • 10GnabrySubstituted forMoukokoat 90′minutes
  • 13MüllerSubstituted forHofmannat 67′minutes
  • 14MusialaSubstituted forGötzeat 79′minutes
  • 7HavertzSubstituted forFüllkrugat 79′minutes


  • 4Ginter
  • 5Kehrer
  • 8Goretzka
  • 9Füllkrug
  • 11Götze
  • 12Trapp
  • 16Klostermann
  • 17Brandt
  • 18Hofmann
  • 19Sané
  • 20Günter
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 25Bella-Kotchap
  • 26Moukoko


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gonda
  • 19H SakaiSubstituted forMinaminoat 74′minutes
  • 4Itakura
  • 22Yoshida
  • 5NagatomoSubstituted forMitomaat 57′minutes
  • 6Endo
  • 17TanakaSubstituted forDoanat 71′minutes
  • 14Ito
  • 15Kamada
  • 11KuboSubstituted forTomiyasuat 45′minutes
  • 25MaedaSubstituted forAsanoat 57′minutes


  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Yamane
  • 3Taniguchi
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 8Doan
  • 9Mitoma
  • 10Minamino
  • 13Morita
  • 16Tomiyasu
  • 18Asano
  • 20Machino
  • 21Ueda
  • 23Schmidt
  • 24Soma
  • 26Ito

Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros


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