ANOTHER World Cup shock as Japan come back from a first half penalty to beat mighty Germany 2-1…just like Saudi Arabia did against Argentina
In echoes of Argentina’s humiliating defeat to Saudi Arabia yesterday, Germany took the lead through a first-half penalty but a spirited fightback saw the underdogs claim a famous 2-1 victory.
With Costa Rica and fellow World Cup holders Spain still to play, Germany now face an uphill battle to escape the Group of Death.
The result sparked wild scenes of jubilation from Japan’s loyal travelling fans while Germany’s expectant fans could only watch on as horror.
The Germans had dominated the contest at the Khalifa International Stadium and taken the lead with a 33rd minute penalty from Manchester City’s Ilkay Guendogan after Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda had fouled wing back David Raum.
But a quick-fire double from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano within eight minutes turned the tide and set the Samurai Blue on course for a historic win.
To add insult to injury, much of Japan’s team, including their two goalscorers, ply their trade in Germany’s Bundesliga, making them all too familiar to the heartbroken fans watching back home.
Germany are famed for their tournament prowess but they have now suffered three defeats in the opening games of their last three tournaments.
At Euro 2020 they lost to France before bowing out to England in the Round of 16, while they lost to Mexico at the 2018 World Cup and failed to make it out of their group after losing to South Korea.
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Japan’s midfielder Ritsu Doan celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s opener
Japan’s Takuma Asano celebrates after Japan came from 1-0 down to beat four-time winners Germany
Ilkay Gundogan holds his head in his hands as Germany struggled to stem the late Japan fightback
The result sparked wild scenes of jubilation from Japan’s loyal travelling fans while Germany’s expectant fans could only watch on as horror