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Japan stuns Germany with late strikes at World Cup


FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Germany v Japan – Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar – November 23, 2022 Japan’s Maya Yoshida and Kou Itakura react REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

DOHA—Late targets by Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano gave Japan an unimaginable 2-1 comeback victory over Germany within the World Cup on Wednesday after the four-time champions had cruising to victory by way of an Ilkay Guendogan penalty however paid a deadly worth for lacking probabilities.

The shock outcome was a repeat of the Germans’ 2018 World Cup nightmare when, as defending champions, they misplaced their opener to Mexico and, after one other defeat by South Korea, had been condemned to an unheard of group-stage exit.

Germany appeared in whole command within the Group E conflict however, with every missed likelihood, left the door open for Japan, who confirmed virtually nothing in assault till a sequence of substitutions injected some power within the second half.

Doan equalized within the seventy fifth minute earlier than Asano confirmed pretty management and smashed the winner in from a good angle – inflicting an explosion of pleasure among the many Japan bench.

It was a turnaround that appeared scarcely plausible as Japan struggled to get any foothold for many of the sport.

Germany’s early dominance was rewarded when Joshua Kimmich picked out David Raum in acres of house within the field and goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda clumsily introduced him down as he turned, with Guendogan dispatching the penalty within the thirty third minute.

Kai Havertz turned in what he thought was a second in first-half stoppage time and though the assistant referee was about the one individual within the Khalifa Worldwide stadium to not discover he was a meter offside, VAR duly disallowed it.

There was initially little change to the sample within the second half as Jamal Musiala shot over after a penetrating run and Guendogan clipped a put up.

Gonda then made amends with 4 successive saves to disclaim Jonas Hofmann and Serge Gnabry, preserving his facet within the sport.

Manuel Neuer, showing in his fourth World Cup, was additionally alert to save lots of from Hiroki Sakai and did effectively once more quickly after to dam from Takumi Minamino, just for fellow substitute Doan to smash within the unfastened ball.

Instantly buoyed, Japan pushed on and Asano confirmed nice power to convey down a excessive free kick and maintain off defender Nico Schlotterbeck and unbelievable approach to hammer the ball into the smallest of areas.

Germany launched all-out assault from then on, to no avail, and now faces a doubtlessly must-win sport subsequent in opposition to Spain.

Japan subsequent faces Costa Rica and can already be dreaming of the final 16.

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