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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.

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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.

Line-ups
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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