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Asia on the march as Japan come from behind to stun Germany 2-1

  • Japan secures second stunning Asian World Cup victory after Saudi Arabia
  • Doan and Asano score after Germany dominate the first hour
  • Both scorers play in the German Bundesliga
  • ‘Ridiculous loss’ says German striker Muller

DOHA (Reuters) – Second-half goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano gave Japan a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Germany in the World Cup on Wednesday as Saudi Arabia delivered a shock victory over Argentina. After collecting, it brought a new impression to the Asian football world.

Four-time champions Germany appeared to be cruising for a regular victory after Ilkay Gendogan’s penalty in the first half, but they paid a deadly price for their indulgence in front of goal.

The shocking result was a repeat of the 2018 World Cup nightmare. As defending champions he was sentenced to an unprecedented group stage elimination after losing in the opener to Mexico and then losing again to South Korea.

Half of the Asian teams, who play club football in Germany, have shown little in attack but have done a lot to develop their game in Japan after a series of substitutions in the second half. I put energy into the first official match against the country I went to. Mid 20th century.

Doan equalized in the 75th minute, and Asano defeated the winner in the 83rd minute, showing a stunning come-from-behind play.

“We wanted to play aggressively. We wanted to dominate the game,” said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu. “But Germany is very strong, so we had to defend tenaciously and seize our chances.”

Japan has qualified for seven consecutive World Cups and never qualified for it until 1998, but never before has it claimed such a high-profile scalp. “This is a big surprise. We saw Saudi Arabia beat Argentina. Asian countries are up to global standards,” added Moriyasu.

Had Germany’s captain Manuel Neuer donned the ‘OneLove’ armband, it would have been an extremely unlikely outcome as Japan struggled to gain a foothold in most of the match against the backdrop of threats of FIFA sanctions. . In response to the protest being effectively banned, the German team covered its mouth in a “silence” gesture for a picture of the team.

early domination

It was certainly a calm atmosphere on the ground until Gendouan scored a penalty in the 33rd minute, as Joshua Kimmich picked off David Raum in a wide space in the box and goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda clumsily beat him down. .

Kai Havertz knocked in what appeared to be a second in injury time in the first half, but was ruled out for offside, much like Japan’s Daizen Maeda’s early try.

There was little change in the pattern in the second half at first, as Jamal Musiara shot after a sharp run and Gendogan hit the post where he should have scored.

Then a thrilling spell happened when Gonda fixed it by making four straight quickfire saves to hold off Jonas Hoffmann and Serge Gnabry and keep his side in the game.

Neuer, in his fourth World Cup appearance, had barely touched the ball before having to save from Hiroki Sakai as Japan finally found the spark of attack. He blocked again from Takumi Minamino and his fellow substitute Doan happily knocked in a loose ball.

Japan continued to attack, and Asano was left behind by Antonio Rudiger, but had a great touch of the ball to score a free-kick for Wataru Itakura. He then held off defender Nico Schlotterbeck and smashed the ball into the smallest space.

Germany has since launched an all-out attack to no avail and may face a must-win game against Spain next.

“We’ve had a good game for a long time, but the possibility of a goal is also a hallmark of the game,” said German striker Thomas Müller after his team had 76.8 per cent possession of the ball. “It’s ridiculous that we’re here defeated.”

“Frustrated and angry,” Neuer said, “we lacked a bit of urgency in our effort to score the second goal, so we sent Japan back into the game. After half-time, we had the same confidence.” I couldn’t play it,” he said.

Japan will face Costa Rica next, dreaming of at least the last 16 for the second tournament in a row.

In the classic football villain-to-hero scenario, goalkeeper Gonda was named Most Valuable Player. “The submarine came and revitalized the team,” he said.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips, Editing by Christian Rudnage

Our criteria: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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