DOHA, Qatar (AP) — One other World Cup day, one other World Cup shock.
Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late targets Wednesday as Japan got here from behind to upset Germany 2-1.
Each Doan and Asano play for German top-division golf equipment.
“I consider it’s a historic second, a historic victory. If I take into consideration the event of Japanese soccer, pondering of gamers, for them this was an enormous shock,” stated 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 preventing in a really robust, powerful, prestigious league. They’ve been increase their energy. In that context we consider that these divisions (Bundesliga and second division) have been contributing to the event of Japanese gamers,” Moriyasu stated. “I’m very grateful for that.”
Ilkay Gündogan had given four-time champion Germany the lead with a first-half penalty. However 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 successful 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 purpose in comparison with 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 staff,” stated Germany coach Hansi Flick. “We deserved to go in entrance, it was greater than deserved. Then you must 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.
Earlier than their recreation, Germany’s gamers coated their mouths through the staff photograph to protest towards 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 on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium and was sitting beside FIFA president Gianni Infantino whereas carrying 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 towards Algeria in 1982 and Mexico in 2018. Within the different World Cup openers for Germany, the staff had gained 13 matches and drawn 4.
Regardless of 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 staff,” Gonda stated. “We have now to verify 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 document 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 absolutely take pleasure in taking part in on the event due to all of the unfavourable protection.
Germany hoped to revive misplaced pleasure 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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