World Cup 2022: Germany shocked by late Japan comeback

World Cup 2022: Germany shocked by late Japan comeback

A surprising late comeback from Japan noticed four-time winners Germany fall to a shock defeat of their opening World Cup recreation in Qatar.

Germany dominated a frenetic match for big spells however didn’t capitalise on their strain – earlier than Japan induced the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium to erupt into a mixture of celebration and shock.

Substitute Takuma Asano squeezed in a thumping strike from a decent angle to make it 2-1 to Japan and ran over to the photographers within the nook of the stadium in sheer delight.

There was a collective pause within the enviornment because the ball rolled down from the roof of the online earlier than supporters realised it had gone in.

Manchester Metropolis’s Ilkay Gundogan had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot within the first half, earlier than Japan substitute Ritsu Doan equalised within the seventy fifth minute.

The equaliser got here after a string of gorgeous saves at every finish – Japan’s Shuichi Gonda pulling off a double cease to disclaim Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann, earlier than Germany’s Manuel Neuer received his fingertips to Junya Ito’s effort.

Germany, who completed backside of their group in Russia in 2018, had missed a number of possibilities to increase their lead when the rating was 1-0.

They face stiff opposition in Group E with 2010 winners Spain to return on Sunday, then a closing group recreation in opposition to Costa Rica.

Earlier than kick-off, Germany’s gamers put their fingers over their mouths throughout a workforce photograph and within the stands a German authorities minister, Nancy Faeser, wore the OneLove armband.

It comes after information the German soccer federation (DFB) is investigating whether or not it’s authorized for Fifa to threaten gamers with sanction for carrying the OneLove armband in Qatar.

The DFB later tweetedexternal-link that human rights are “non-negotiable” and “we stand by our place”.

Flashbacks for Germany as Japan have a good time memorable win

The distress of Germany’s early exit from the World Cup in Russia couldn’t be forgotten as Hansi Flick’s facet trudged off the sphere at full-time having suffered defeat by the hands of Asian opposition once more.

Their supporters had arrived in hope greater than expectation that their younger stars would lead them into a brand new period.

Japan have been relentless in power and refused to present in, regardless of Germany controlling massive spells.

There was a ripple of tension within the closing moments from the Japan supporters on the reverse finish to Gonda’s aim as Germany’s Leon Goretzka struck vast and goalkeeper Neuer got here up for consecutive corners to attempt to salvage a dramatic equaliser.

Nonetheless, Japan held on and, as the ultimate whistle went, the gamers within the dugout raced on to the pitch to have a good time and flags have been waved gleefully within the stands.

That they had induced issues for Germany within the first half as Celtic ahead Daizen Maeda had a aim disallowed for offside, earlier than Germany’s Kai Havertz additionally one chalked off for a similar purpose.

Gundogan and Antonio Rudiger each missed the goal with first rate possibilities within the first half, whereas midfielder Joshua Kimmich was denied twice by Gonda.

Gundogan coolly slotted his penalty down the center after David Raum had been pushed down by Gonda to present Germany a deserved lead, however they have been made to pay for his or her missed possibilities.

Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala beat 4 gamers within the field solely to blast an effort over the bar early within the second half, earlier than Goretzka shot vast within the closing moments.

Participant of the match

MitomaKaoru Mitoma


  1. Squad quantity21Participant titleGündogan

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleNeuer

  3. Squad quantity14Participant titleMusiala

  4. Squad quantity2Participant titleRüdiger

  5. Squad quantity13Participant titleMüller

  6. Squad quantity10Participant titleGnabry

  7. Squad quantity7Participant titleHavertz

  8. Squad quantity15Participant titleSüle

  9. Squad quantity6Participant titleKimmich

  10. Squad quantity3Participant titleRaum

  11. Squad quantity23Participant titleSchlotterbeck

  12. Squad quantity8Participant titleGoretzka

  13. Squad quantity26Participant titleMoukoko

  14. Squad quantity11Participant titleGötze

  15. Squad quantity18Participant titleHofmann

  16. Squad quantity9Participant titleFüllkrug


  1. Squad quantity9Participant titleMitoma

  2. Squad quantity8Participant titleDoan

  3. Squad quantity16Participant titleTomiyasu

  4. Squad quantity18Participant titleAsano

  5. Squad quantity25Participant titleMaeda

  6. Squad quantity6Participant titleEndo

  7. Squad quantity10Participant titleMinamino

  8. Squad quantity12Participant titleGonda

  9. Squad quantity14Participant titleIto

  10. Squad quantity4Participant titleItakura

  11. Squad quantity22Participant titleYoshida

  12. Squad quantity15Participant titleKamada

  13. Squad quantity17Participant titleTanaka

  14. Squad quantity5Participant titleNagatomo

  15. Squad quantity19Participant titleH Sakai

  16. Squad quantity11Participant titleKubo



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 15Süle
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 23Schlotterbeck
  • 3Raum
  • 6Kimmich
  • 21GündoganSubstituted forGoretzkaat 67′minutes
  • 10GnabrySubstituted forMoukokoat 90′minutes
  • 13MüllerSubstituted forHofmannat 67′minutes
  • 14MusialaSubstituted forGötzeat 79′minutes
  • 7HavertzSubstituted forFüllkrugat 79′minutes


  • 4Ginter
  • 5Kehrer
  • 8Goretzka
  • 9Füllkrug
  • 11Götze
  • 12Trapp
  • 16Klostermann
  • 17Brandt
  • 18Hofmann
  • 19Sané
  • 20Günter
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 25Bella-Kotchap
  • 26Moukoko


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gonda
  • 19H SakaiSubstituted forMinaminoat 74′minutes
  • 4Itakura
  • 22Yoshida
  • 5NagatomoSubstituted forMitomaat 57′minutes
  • 6Endo
  • 17TanakaSubstituted forDoanat 71′minutes
  • 14Ito
  • 15Kamada
  • 11KuboSubstituted forTomiyasuat 45′minutes
  • 25MaedaSubstituted forAsanoat 57′minutes


  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Yamane
  • 3Taniguchi
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 8Doan
  • 9Mitoma
  • 10Minamino
  • 13Morita
  • 16Tomiyasu
  • 18Asano
  • 20Machino
  • 21Ueda
  • 23Schmidt
  • 24Soma
  • 26Ito

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