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Japan scores 2 late goals to defeat Germany 2-1 in World Cup

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — One other World Cup day, one other World Cup shock.

Substitute Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late on Wednesday as Japan rallied to defeat Germany 2-1.

Each Doan and Asano play for top-flight German golf equipment.

“I believe it is a historic second, a historic victory. If I take into consideration the event of Japanese soccer, occupied with the gamers, for them this was a giant shock,” stated Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu, who had 5 Germany gamers within the beginning line-up and three, together with the highest scorers, on the bench.

“They’re preventing in a really sturdy, troublesome and prestigious league. They’re constructing their energy. On this context, we consider that these divisions (Bundesliga and second division) have contributed to the event of Japanese gamers”, stated Moriyasu. “I’m very grateful for that.”

Ilkay Gündogan had given four-time champions Germany the lead with a first-half penalty. However Doan, who performs for Freiburg, pounced on a rebound to equalize within the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot by Takumi Minamino.

Then Asano, who performs for Bochum, ran previous Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a good angle within the 83rd minute of the primary aggressive assembly between the 2 nations.

They’ve performed two friendlies earlier than, with Germany successful 3-0 in 2004 earlier than a 2-2 draw between the groups in 2006.

Germany outscored Japan for a lot of Wednesday’s match, taking 24 photographs on the right track to Japan’s 11. Japan solely had 24% possession for your entire recreation.

“It is a brutal disappointment, not only for the gamers but additionally for the teaching employees,” stated Germany coach Hansi Flick. “We deserved to go forward, it was greater than deserved. So it’s important to say that Japan gave us a lesson in effectivity.”

The match was performed a day after Argentina misplaced 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.

Earlier than the sport, Germany gamers lined their mouths throughout the staff photograph to protest towards FIFA after his resolution to cease plans to put on armbands which have been seen as a protest towards discrimination in host nation Qatar.

Nancy Faeser, Germany’s sports activities minister, watched the match on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium and was seated subsequent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino whereas sporting the identical “One Love” armband that FIFA banned with its threats of penalties.

It was solely the third time Germany had misplaced its opening recreation of the match after defeats to Algeria in 1982 and Mexico in 2018. In Germany’s different World Cup opening matches, the staff had received 13 matches and drawn 4.

Regardless of awarding the penalty for a slipshod problem by left-back David Raum, Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda made a sequence of saves and was participant of the sport.

“We combat as a staff,” stated Gonda. “We now have to verify we by no means cease.”

Subsequent, Japan play Costa Rica, whereas Germany tackle Spain on Sunday.

Constructing Germany was crammed with protests and political statements due to Qatar’s human rights document and its remedy of migrant staff and members of the LGBTQ neighborhood.

Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich complained on Tuesday that he had the sensation he wasn’t capable of benefit from enjoying within the match due to all of the unfavorable protection.

Germany have been hoping to revive misplaced satisfaction after their shock group stage exit as defending champions in 2018, whereas Japan are showing at their seventh consecutive World Cup and trying to attain the quarter-finals for the primary time.

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