Japan’s late comeback surprises Germany

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Four of Takuma Asano’s eight goals for Japan have come as a substitute

A stunning late comeback by Japan saw four-time winners Germany slump to a shock defeat in their World Cup opener in Qatar.

Germany dominated a frantic game for large periods but failed to capitalize on their pressure, before Japan had the Khalifa International Stadium erupt in a mixture of celebration and surprise.

Substitute Takuma Asano struck hard from a tight angle to make it 2-1 to Japan and ran towards the photographers in the corner of the stadium in great delight.

There was a collective pause in the arena as the ball descended from the roof of the net before the fans realized it had gone in.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot in the first half, before Japanese substitute Ritsu Doan equalized in the 75th minute.

The tie came after a string of impressive saves at each end – Japan’s Shuichi Gonda made a double save to deny Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann, before Germany’s Manuel Neuer turned in Junya Ito’s effort .

Germany, who finished top of their group in Russia 2018, had missed several chances to extend their lead when the score was 1-0.

They face tough opposition in Group E with 2010 winners Spain coming up on Sunday, followed by a final game against Costa Rica.

Before kick-off, the German players put their hands over their mouths during a team photo and in the stands a German government minister, Nancy Faeser, wore a OneLove bracelet.

It comes after news from the German football federation is investigating if it is legal for FIFA they threaten players with penalties for wearing the OneLove armband in Qatar

The German team he later tweetedexternal link that human rights are “non-negotiable” and “we stand our ground”.

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  1. Template number1Player NameNeuer

  2. Template number15Player NameSüle

  3. Template number2Player NameRüdiger

  4. Template number23Player NameSchlotterbeck

  5. Template number3Player NameRaum

  6. Template number6Player NameKimmich

  7. Template number21Player NameGundogan

  8. Template number10Player NameGnabry

  9. Template number13Player NameMuller

  10. Template number14Player NameMusiala

  11. Template number7Player Namehavertz

  1. Template number8Player NameGoretzka

  2. Template number9Player NameFüllkrug

  3. Template number11Player NameGötze

  4. Template number18Player NameHofmann

  5. Template number26Player NameMoukoko


  1. Template number12Player NameGonda

  2. Template number19Player NameH Sakai

  3. Template number4Player NameItakura

  4. Template number22Player NameYoshida

  5. Template number5Player NameNagatomo

  6. Template number6Player NameI go

  7. Template number17Player NameTanaka

  8. Template number14Player NameIto

  9. Template number15Player NameKamada

  10. Template number11Player NameKubo

  11. Template number25Player NameMaeda

  1. Template number8Player Namedonate

  2. Template number9Player NameMyth

  3. Template number10Player NameMine

  4. Template number16Player NameTomiyasu

  5. Template number18Player Nameasana



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 15Süle
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 23Schlotterbeck
  • 3Raum
  • 6Kimmich
  • 21GundoganReplaced byGoretzkaat 67′minutes
  • 10GnabryReplaced byMoukokoat 90′minutes
  • 13MullerReplaced byHofmannat 67′minutes
  • 14MusialaReplaced byGötzeat 79′minutes
  • 7havertzReplaced byFüllkrugat 79′minutes


  • 4Ginter
  • 5Kehrer
  • 8Goretzka
  • 9Füllkrug
  • 11Götze
  • 12trap
  • 16Klostermann
  • 17Brandt
  • 18Hofmann
  • 19healthy
  • 20Günter
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 25Bella-Kotchap
  • 26Moukoko


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gonda
  • 19H SakaiReplaced byMineat 74′minutes
  • 4Itakura
  • 22Yoshida
  • 5NagatomoReplaced byMythat 57′minutes
  • 6I go
  • 17TanakaReplaced bydonateat 71′minutes
  • 14Ito
  • 15Kamada
  • 11KuboReplaced byTomiyasuat 45′minutes
  • 25MaedaReplaced byasanaat 57′minutes


  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Yamane
  • 3Taniguchi
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 8donate
  • 9Myth
  • 10Mine
  • 13Morita
  • 16Tomiyasu
  • 18asana
  • 20Machine
  • 21Ueda
  • 23Schmidt
  • 24soma
  • 26Ito

Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros


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