Japan gets 2 late goals to upset Germany 2-1 at World Cup

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

Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals Wednesday as Japan got here from behind to upset Germany 2-1.

Both Doan and Asano play for German top-division golf equipment.

“I consider it is a historic second, a historic victory. If I take into consideration the event of Japanese soccer, considering of gamers, for them this was a giant shock,” mentioned Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu, who had 5 Germany-based gamers in his beginning lineup and three, together with the scorers, on the bench .

“They’re combating in a really sturdy, powerful, prestigious league. They’ve been build up their energy. In that context, we consider that these divisions (Bundesliga and second division) have been contributing to the event of Japanese gamers,” Moriyasu mentioned. “I’m very grateful for that.”

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

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

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

Germany outplayed Japan for a lot of Wednesday’s match with 24 makes an attempt on objective in contrast to Japan’s 11. Japan had simply 24% possession for the entire recreation.

“It’s brutally disappointing, not just for the gamers, but additionally the teaching workforce,” mentioned Germany coach Hansi Flick. “We deserved to go in entrance, it was greater than deserved. Then you’ve gotten to say that Japan gave us a lesson in effectivity.”

The match was performed a day after Argentina’s 2-1 upset loss to Saudi Arabia.

Before their recreation, Germany’s gamers coated their mouths in the course of the workforce picture to protest in opposition to FIFA following its resolution to cease plans to put on armbands that have been seen as protesting discrimination in host nation Qatar.

Nancy Faeser, Germany’s sports activities minister, attended the match at the Khalifa International Stadium and was sitting subsequent to FIFA president Gianni Infantino whereas sporting the identical “One Love” armband that FIFA had outlawed with its threats of penalties.

It was solely the third time Germany had misplaced its tournament-opening recreation after defeats in opposition to Algeria in 1982 and Mexico in 2018. In the opposite World Cup openers for Germany, the workforce had gained 13 matches and drawn 4.

Despite freely giving the penalty for a careless problem on left again David Raum, Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda made a string of saves and was participant of the sport.

“We fought as a workforce,” Gonda mentioned. “We have to be sure that we by no means cease.”

Japan subsequent performs Costa Rica, whereas Germany faces Spain on Sunday.

Germany’s buildup was fraught by protests and political statements due to Qatar’s human rights report and its remedy of migrant staff and members of the LGBTQ group.

Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich complained Tuesday that he had the sensation he wasn’t in a position to totally take pleasure in enjoying at the event due to all of the damaging protection.

Germany hoped to restore misplaced delight after its surprising group-stage exit as defending champion in 2018, whereas Japan is showing in its seventh straight World Cup and is trying to attain the quarterfinals for the primary time.

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