Japan beats Germany in World Cup upset

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DOHA, Qatar – A World Cup in a controversial place has begun compile some theater footballa performance that was amplified early Wednesday night, right around the time Japan’s reserves took to the pitch in their yellow vests for a frenzied victory celebration so giddy you might have wanted to join in if it hadn’t involved serious fouls .

Japanese 2-1 win over Germany from a 1-0 deficit was no match for the sprawling wonder of Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday, but it gave the WC another darling. It came after a scintillating first half gave way to a riveting second, decided by booming goals on 75 minutes and 83 minutes from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, who play their club football in Germany, as do six of their team-mates. And it brought the joy of an upset to a Japan that exited Russia 2018 in one of the nightmares sport can endure, a 2-0 lead in the round of 16 turned into a 3-2 expulsion against Belgium.

It also renewed the self-analysis of another team that knew bad dreams in 2018, namely Germany’s long-standing World Cup empire, the four-time winners whose dismissal in the group stage represented the worst World Cup showing in just eight decades.

Next, Germany will play Spain from a Group E position of zero points.

Fans of the German national soccer team were shocked on November 23 by Japan’s 2-1 comeback victory in the group stage of the Qatar World Cup 2022. (Video: Reuters)

“Yes, I think it’s historic,” said Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu, “a historic victory to say the least, if I may.” He saw his program as “reaching the global standard, and also Saudi Arabia, we are showing our ability in Asian football.” He spoke about the development of Japanese football by praising Germany’s Bundesliga, saying of his players based there: “They are fighting in a very strong, tough, prestigious league, so they have built up their strength. So in that context we believe that these leagues have contributed to the development of Japanese players, and I respect that.”

“This is our first step,” goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda said, soon adding, “I think Japan has our own character. We want to play together,” noting that “everyone got together and we could do it together.”

“Obviously a big disappointment,” said Germany manager Hansi Flick, who had managed just one defeat in 15 previous games since taking the job in August 2021. He said: “2018, I wasn’t part of that team and it does I don’t. I don’t care to be honest with you. I’m looking at the future…”

With the fresh sight of old faces like goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and ex-prodigy Thomas Muller, both in their fourth World Cups, and their status as a perennial threat even while a sixth and quiet bet here, the Germans began to make a gesture in the continuously global discussion on the human rights record of host Qatar. They posed for their team photo with hands covering their mouths, a comment re FIFA’s decision to ban rainbow armbands for captains as acts of protest. Your program tweeted it human rights were “non-negotiable”, and Flick later said: “It was a sign, a message that we wanted to send out to convey the message that FIFA is silencing us.”

Then they flashed their youth, such as 19-year-old budding star Jamal Musiala taking a 1-0 lead on 33 minutes. It happened on Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty after Gonda emerged from goal and bumped David Raum mildly in the box, decided it wasn’t enough and largely opted for a takedown.

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The 1-0 held for the rest of the first half and the first part of the second, all while the Khalifa International Stadium seemed relatively drowsy, but for a tireless block of Japanese fans with the durable lungs to sing the entire game from one corner, including .a. a song to the tune of “The Entertainer”. The rest of the stadium remained lethargic until the second half began to fill with spicy shots, long saves and clinking crosses. On 69 minutes, Germany lost a small barrage on the Japan goal, prompting Gonda to make four saves in a blur.

He made—god—four saves in a blur, and the booms started coming from the other side. Japan, its offense mostly toothless in its rare possessions through the early stages, had begun to hint that it might be capable of more. More came.

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No more than three minutes after Hiroki Sakai ran a roar across goal from wide in front, causing groans, Moriyasu’s substitutions began to light up the pitch with sparks.

Takumi Minamino, who came on in the 74th minute, barely had time to start sweating before directing a fine pass from well at the top of the box on 75 minutes down the left to Kaoru Mitoma, who had come on in the 57th minute. Mitoma sent a ball across the face of the goal which Neuer darted out to deflect with his left hand, leaving him prone as it flicked to Doan, who had come on after 71 minutes and now had a goal smashed at the top.

With that, momentum went from swaying to rising and Germany started to look uncertain and soon a long ball down the right went to Asano for some real trouble. Asano, who had come on after 57 minutes, raced into the box from the right in the 83rd minute with enough defending from Nico Schlotterbeck to make it look like something between dancing and wrestling. No matter, because Asano plowed on anyway until Neuer appeared in front of him and Schlotterbeck next to him to make it a wow when he reached the last possible angle from the right and knocked a beauty into the inside roof .

The stadium had woken up and the reserves were storming.

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