DOHA, Qatar (AP) — One other World Cup day, one other shock of the World Cup.

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

Doan and Asano each play for German Premier League golf equipment.

“I imagine this can be a historic second, a historic victory. If I take into consideration the event of Japanese soccer, fascinated about the gamers, it was a giant shock for them,” stated Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu, who had 5 Germany-based gamers in his beginning line-up and three, together with the scorers, on the bench. .

“They’re preventing in a really sturdy, powerful and prestigious league. They constructed their energy. On this context, we imagine that these divisions (Bundesliga and second division) have contributed to the event of Japanese gamers,” stated Moriyasu. “I am very grateful for that.”

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

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

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

Germany dominated Japan for a lot of Wednesday’s sport with 24 makes an attempt on aim to Japan’s 11. Japan solely had 24% possession for the entire sport.

“It is brutally disappointing, not just for the gamers, but in addition for the teaching workers,” stated German coach Hansi Flick. “We deserved to go forward, it was greater than deserved. Then, it have to be stated that Japan gave us a lesson in effectivity.

The sport was performed a day after Argentina misplaced 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.

Earlier than their match, the German gamers lined their mouths through the staff picture in protest towards FIFA following his resolution to halt plans to put on armbands seen as a protest towards discrimination in host nation Qatar.

Nancy Faeser, Germany’s sports activities minister, attended the match at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium and sat subsequent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino whereas carrying the identical “One Love” armband that FIFA had banned with its threats to penalties.

It was solely the third time Germany had misplaced their match opener after defeats to Algeria in 1982 and Mexico in 2018. Within the different World Cup openers for the Germany, the staff had received 13 matches and drawn 4.

Regardless of freely giving the penalty for a careless problem on left-back David Raum, Japan keeper Shuichi Gonda made a string of saves and was the participant of the match.

“We fought as a staff,” Gonda stated. “We have now to ensure we by no means cease.”

Japan subsequent tackle Costa Rica, whereas Germany tackle Spain on Sunday.

Germany’s rise has been marked by protests and political pronouncements because of Qatar’s human rights file and its therapy of migrant employees and members of the LGBTQ group.

German midfielder Joshua Kimmich complained on Tuesday that he felt he could not benefit from the full play the match due to all of the unfavorable protection.

Germany have been hoping to regain their misplaced delight after their shock exit from the group stage as defending champions in 2018, whereas Japan are of their seventh consecutive World Cup and search to succeed in the quarter-finals for the primary time. .


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