World Cup 2022: Japan’s late comeback shocks Germany

Japan celebrates
Four of Takuma Asano’s eight goals for Japan came on as substitutes

An impressive late comeback by Japan saw four-time winners Germany suffer a shock defeat in their World Cup opener in Qatar.

Germany dominated a frenetic game for a long time but failed to capitalize on their pressure – before Japan unleashed a mixture of cheers and surprise at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Substitute Takuma Asano shot Japan from a tight angle to make it 2-1 and happily ran to the photographers in the corner of the stadium.

There was a collective pause in the arena as the ball rolled off the roof of the net before fans realized it had gone inside.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan put Germany ahead with a first-half penalty before Japanese substitute Ritsu Doan equalized in the 75th minute.

The equalizer came after a series of stunning saves from both ends – Japan’s Shuichi Gonda double-stopped to thwart Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann before Germany’s Manuel Neuer finger-tipped Junya Ito’s shot.

Germany, bottom of the group in Russia 2018, had missed several chances to extend their lead when they were 1-0 up.

They meet tough opponents in Group E, with Spain, the 2010 winners, on Sunday and then a final group game against Costa Rica.

Before kick-off, Germany’s players covered their mouths for a team photo and Federal Minister Nancy Faeser wore the OneLove armband in the stands.

It comes after news from the German Football Association checks if it’s legal for Fifa too are threatening players with sanctions for wearing the OneLove armband in Qatar.

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


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