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 tweeted 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.
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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- 21GündoganSubstituted forGoretzkaat 67′minutes
- 10GnabrySubstituted forMoukokoat 90′minutes
- 13MüllerSubstituted forHofmannat 67′minutes
- 14MusialaSubstituted forGötzeat 79′minutes
- 7HavertzSubstituted forFüllkrugat 79′minutes
- 22ter Stegen
- 19H SakaiSubstituted forMinaminoat 74′minutes
- 5NagatomoSubstituted forMitomaat 57′minutes
- 17TanakaSubstituted forDoanat 71′minutes
- 11KuboSubstituted forTomiyasuat 45′minutes
- 25MaedaSubstituted forAsanoat 57′minutes
- Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros
Match ends, Germany 1, Japan 2.
Second Half ends, Germany 1, Japan 2.
Corner, Germany. Conceded by Wataru Endo.
Attempt blocked. Niklas Süle (Germany) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the six yard field is blocked.
Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) wins a free kick on the precise wing.
Foul by Takumi Minamino (Japan).
Attempt missed. Leon Goretzka (Germany) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the left.
Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Takuma Asano (Japan).
Attempt missed. Antonio Rüdiger (Germany) proper footed shot from outdoors the field misses to the left. Assisted by Nico Schlotterbeck.
Attempt missed. Niclas Füllkrug (Germany) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the precise. Assisted by Mario Götze with a cross.
Substitution, Germany. Youssoufa Moukoko replaces Serge Gnabry.
David Raum (Germany) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Wataru Endo (Japan).
Corner, Germany. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.
David Raum (Germany) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Wataru Endo (Japan).
Goal! Germany 1, Japan 2. Takuma Asano (Japan) proper footed shot from the precise aspect of the six yard field to the highest proper nook. Assisted by Ko Itakura.
Foul by Nico Schlotterbeck (Germany).
Wataru Endo (Japan) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
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