Takuma Asano scored an 83rd-minute winner as Japan shocked four-time world champions Germany 2-1 of their opening match of the World Cup 2022.
Germany led by way of Ilkay Gundogan’s Thirty third-minute penalty at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Japan hit again in fast succession, first by way of Ritsu Doan’s equaliser after which Asano’s late aim, to seal a historic win that got here only a day after Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina.
With the loss, Germany, who had been knocked out within the group phases in 2018 as reigning champions, should now worry a second straight early exit.
Japan go prime of Group E which additionally options Spain and Costa Rica who meet later on Wednesday.
Germany are backside for now. They misplaced their opener as in 2018 – 1-0 towards Mexico – and went on to exit within the group stage as title holders.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) November 23, 2022
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