Japan stun Germany 2-1 in comeback victory at World Cup

23/11/2022 6:15:00 PM

Japan stun Germany with late strikes at World Cup

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Japan stun Germany with late strikes at World Cup

DOHA: In a place brimming with painful memories and etched with footballing scars, there were no more tears. Instead, it was sheer delight. Japan notched a stunning upset in a World Cup of upsets as they came from behind to beat giants Germany 2-1 on Wednesday (Nov 23). A first-hal

A first-half penalty from Ilkay Gundogan put the Germans ahead, before Japan substitute Ritsu Doan slammed home and Takuma Asano's late strike gave the Samurai Blue the victory.And if his side play as they did on Wednesday, they could well do so.Prior to the opening whistle, Hansi Flick’s men placed their hands over their mouths during a team photo.

“It wasn’t about making a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. That should be taken for granted, but it still isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so important to us. Denying us the armband is the same as denying us a voice. We stand by our position.”

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DOHA: In a place brimming with painful memories and etched with footballing scars, there were no more tears.The shock result was a repeat of their 2018 World Cup nightmare when, as defending champions, they lost their opener to Mexico and, after another defeat by South Korea, were condemned to an unheard of group-stage exit.World Cup: The best timing is my timing, says Ronaldo about his interview "At times we may have been too rushed and tried to force things," said Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk.Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.

Instead, it was sheer delight. Japan notched a stunning upset in a World Cup of upsets as they came from behind to beat giants Germany 2-1 on Wednesday (Nov 23). Doan equalised in the 75th minute before Asano showed lovely control and smashed the winner in from a tight angle — causing an explosion of joy among the Japan bench. A first-half penalty from Ilkay Gundogan put the Germans ahead, before Japan substitute Ritsu Doan slammed home and Takuma Asano's late strike gave the Samurai Blue the victory. That has to be better because Ecuador also have the speed that can hurt you on the counter. Almost three decades ago, Japan came within seconds of qualifying for their first World Cup, only to concede a stoppage-time equaliser to Iraq which sent South Korea through instead. Germany's early dominance was rewarded when Joshua Kimmich picked out David Raum in acres of space in the box and goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda clumsily brought him down as he turned, with Guendogan dispatching the penalty in the 33rd minute. Head coach Hajime Moriyasu was part of that team. Footage of the Japanese doing their thing was shot by influencer Omar Al-Farooq from Bahrain.

"I want to achieve our goals here in Doha, this time as a manager, and turn it into the 'Joy of Doha'," he said at the World Cup draw in April. There was initially little change to the pattern in the second half as Jamal Musiala shot over after a penetrating run and Guendogan clipped a post. FIRST OPPORTUNITY The 23-year-old Gakpo, who has now scored three times in his last four internationals, had the Netherlands' first opportunity after four minutes but tried to square the ball to Steven Bergwijn instead of going for goal. And if his side play as they did on Wednesday, they could well do so. Germany's players cover their mouths as they pose for a picture before their World Cup opener. Manuel Neuer, appearing in his fourth World Cup, was also alert to save from Hiroki Sakai and did well again soon after to block from Takumi Minamino, only for fellow substitute Doan to smash in the loose ball. (Photo: AFP/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT) GERMANY MAKE A STATEMENT Prior to the opening whistle, Hansi Flick’s men placed their hands over their mouths during a team photo. The African champions were badly missing injured talisman Sadio Mane and did not manage a shot on target until the 65th minute when Boulaye Dia tried to sneak one past goalkeeper Andries Noppert, making his Dutch debut, from a tight angle. All Germany players took part in the gesture in front of photographers on the pitch, after world soccer body FIFA had threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore the “OneLove” armband. Germany launched all-out attack from then on, to no avail, and now face a potentially must-win game next against Spain.

“We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we hold in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard,” said the team’s official English twitter account. REUTERS Related topics. Klaassen made sure of the points with a tap-in in stoppage time after Mendy palmed a Memphis Depay shot into his path. “It wasn’t about making a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. That should be taken for granted, but it still isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so important to us.

Denying us the armband is the same as denying us a voice. We stand by our position.” In front of a crowd of about 42,000, Japan kept their shape and continued to frustrate their higher-ranked opponents in the early exchanges. The Germans are ranked eleventh in the world, while Moriyasu’s men sit 13 spots below. As the team’s main supporter group, the “Ultra’ Nippon” hammered the drums and found one voice, it was Daizen Maeda who would put the ball in the back of the net in the eighth minute.

However, the Celtic man was offside. Germany’s first chance came in the 16th minute as Real Madrid’s Antonio Rudiger’s header dropped just wide of Shuichi Gonda’s near post. A combination of spirited defending and solid goalkeeping continued to keep the Germans out but the resistance would end in the 31st minute when Gonda brought down David Raum. Gundogan stepped up to tuck home the spot kick, as Japan’s supporters were stunned into silence. And as Japan struggled to find attacking impetus, Jamal Musiala came close to doubling Germany’s lead just before halftimes he cut inside a defender but could only fire high and wide.

Musiala was once again at the centre of all things good for Germany and he was part of a slick move that saw Kai Havertz tap home, only for the goal to be belatedly ruled offside. A STUNNING WINNER As the Japanese fans continued in their vociferous form, Germany would mount a quick counter attack in the 46th minute. But Serge Gnabry’s shot would clip the outside of the crossbar. Off a wasted Japan corner, Musiala would then weave his way into the box and bamboozle a number of Japanese defenders. But they would breathe a sigh of relief as his shot was wayward.

Moriyasu threw caution to the wind and two substitutes on as Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma and Vfl Bochum’s Takuma Asano. But it was Germany who came close again as a Gundogan effort rebounded off the post with Gonda beaten. A swift Japanese counter-attack would next see Mitoma play Asano in on the right, but his shot was poor. Gonda kept his team in the game will a brilliant double save in the 70th minute, as he pushed away a Gnabry header, before throwing his body at the follow-up. The biggest save of the game looked to have been from German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who thrust a strong hand at an Asano shot which looked destined to go in, before the rebound was blazed over.

Japan's Takuma Asano, right, scores his side's second goal during the World Cup group E match between Germany and Japan, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) But Japan continued to push and Doan would send the Japanese fans into utter delirium and the ball into the back of the net in the 75th minute. Then the stadium roared even louder minutes later as Asano controlled the ball superbly on the right and hammered a shot past Neuer. As the Japanese squad sprinted to celebrate on the sidelines, Flick looked flummoxed. Japan will next face Costa Rica on Sunday, while Germany will take on Spain.

Moriyasu had said before the tournament that the goal for Japan was to get beyond the last 16. With this result, which was also Japan's first-ever win over Germany, his side are now one step closer to doing just that. Watch all 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ LIVE on meWATCH. Visit .