A shocking late comeback from Japan noticed four-time winners Germany fall to a shock defeat of their opening World Cup game in Qatar.
Germany dominated a frenetic match for giant spells however failed to capitalise on their pressure – before Japan induced the Khalifa International Stadium to erupt into a mixture of combined celebration and shock.
Substitute Takuma Asano squeezed in a thumping strike from a decent angle to make it 2-1 to Japan and ran over to the photographers within the corner of the stadium in sheer delight.
There was a collective pause within the area because the ball rolled down from the roof of the net before supporters realised it had gone in.
Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot within the first half, before Japan substitute Ritsu Doan equalised within the seventy fifth minute.
The equaliser got here after a string of gorgeous saves at each finish – Japan’s Shuichi Gonda pulling off a double cease to deny Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann, before Germany’s Manuel Neuer acquired his fingertips to Junya Ito’s effort.
Germany, who completed backside of their group in Russia in 2018, had missed a number of chances to lengthen their lead when the score was 1-0.
They face stiff opposition in Group E with 2010 winners Spain to come on Sunday, then a ultimate group game against Costa Rica.
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