World Cup 2022 – Germany 1-2 Japan: Late Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano goals earn shock victory

World Cup 2022 – Germany 1-2 Japan: Late Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano goals earn shock victory

With goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, Japan stunned Germany with a late comeback in their World Cup debut, winning 2-1 at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Japan had never defeated their European rivals before, but they took advantage of German mistakes and missed opportunities to earn a storied victory in Group E’s opening match.

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Hansi Flick’s team quickly took the lead when a clumsy challenge from goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda on David Raum resulted in a penalty and Ilkay Gundogan converted from the spot after Japan had an early ‘goal’ from Daizen Maeda thrown out for offside as well (33).

At the conclusion of the first half, Germany believed they had scored a second goal, but Kai Havertz’s effort was also disallowed for offside.

Gundogan hit the post on the hour, and the four-time World Cup champions continued to see opportunities come and go before Japan used their lightning-quick attack to score twice late on.

At the conclusion of the first half, Germany believed they had scored a second goal, but Kai Havertz’s effort was also disallowed for offside.

Gundogan hit the post on the hour, and the four-time World Cup champions continued to see opportunities come and go before Japan exploited their lightning-quick attack to score again late on.

Every goal scored by Japan was met with a team bundle at the corner flag, and there were happy celebrations at the end of the game. With Spain and Costa Rica still to play in Group E, Germany’s dismal World Cup performance continues. At the 2018 tournament, they placed last in their group.

source:nsemwokrom.com