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QATAR 2022: ANOTHER Shocker as Japan trounces German Machine 2-1

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JAPAN staged a comeback to devour Germany in the Qatar 2022 World Cup opener, with goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano seeing them win 2-1 at the Khalifa International Stadium.


Japan had never previously beaten their European opponents, but they capitalised on German errors and missed chances to secure a famous victory in the first game of Group E.



Japan had an early ‘goal’ from Daizen Maeda ruled out for offside too, but Hansi Flick’s side soon went ahead after a clumsy challenge from goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda on David Raum gave them a penalty and Ilkay Gundogan slotted home from the spot (33).

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Germany thought they had scored a second at the end of the first half, but Kai Havertz’s strike was also ruled out for offside.




The four-time World Cup winners continued to see chances come and go – Gundogan hitting the post on the hour – before Japan used their lightning quick attack to score twice late on.

Four minutes after coming on as a substitute, Doan (75) turned home from close range after a Manuel Neuer save. Germany were then caught out with a ball over the top, allowing Asano (83) to smuggle the ball home on a tight angle.

Each Japan goal was greeted with a team bundle at the corner flag, and there were joyous celebrations at full-time.

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For Germany, their poor World Cup form continues, having finished bottom of their group at the 2018 tournament, with Spain and Costa Rica yet to play in Group E.

Germany XI: Neuer, Muller, Gundogan, Rudiger, Sule, Gnabry, Kimmich, David Raum, Havertz, Nico Schlotterbeck, Jamal Musiala

Subs: Trapp, Gotze, Ter Stegen, Füllkrug, Hofmann, Goretzka, Ginter, Brandt, Günter, Kehrer, Sane, Klostermann, Karim Adeyemi, Bella-Kotchap, Youssoufa Moukoko

Japan XI: Shuichi Gonda, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Sakai, W. Endo, Junya Ito, Ko Itakura, Kamada, Daizen Maeda, Ao Tanaka, Takefusa Kubo

Subs: E. Kawashima, Shibasaki, Daniel Schmidt, Minamino, Asano, Shogo Taniguchi, Ritsu Doan, Tomiyasu, Miki Yamane, Hiroki Ito, Kaoru Mitoma, Hidemasa Morita, Shuto Machino, Ayase Ueda, Yuki Soma

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