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 tweeted that human rights are “non-negotiable” and “we stand by our position”.
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- 21GundoganReplaced byGoretzkaat 67′protocol
- 10GnabryReplaced byMoukokoat 90′protocol
- 13millerReplaced byHofmannat 67′protocol
- 14MusialaReplaced byidolat 79′protocol
- 7HavertzReplaced byfilling jugat 79′protocol
- 9filling jug
- 16monastery man
- 22Ter Stegen
- 25Bella Kotchap
- 19H SakaiReplaced byMinaminoat 74′protocol
- 5NagatomoReplaced bymitomaat 57′protocol
- 17TanakaReplaced bydoanat 71′protocol
- 11kuboReplaced byTomiyasuat 45′protocol
- 25maedaReplaced byAsanoat 57′protocol
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Game ends, Germany 1, Japan 2.
End of the second half, Germany 1, Japan 2.
Corner, Germany. Cashed in by Wataru Endo.
attempt blocked. Niklas Süle (Germany) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Antonio Ruediger (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Takumi Minamino (Japan).
attempt failed. Leon Goretzka (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Mario Gotze (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Takuma Asano (Japan).
attempt failed. Antonio Rudiger (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nico Schlotterbeck.
attempt failed. Niclas Füllkrug (Germany) header from the center of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Götze with a cross.
Substitution Germany. Youssoufa Moukoko replaces Serge Gnabry.
David Raum (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wataru Endo (Japan).
Corner, Germany. Cashed in by Maya Yoshida.
David Raum (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Wataru Endo (Japan).
Goal! 1:Germany, 2:Japan. Takuma Asano (Japan) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box, top right corner. Assisted by Ko Itakura.
Foul by Nico Schlotterbeck (Germany).
Wataru Endo (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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