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Germany Was Stunned By Japan's Late Comeback Securing Victory At 2022 FIFA World Cup


Securing victory at 2022 FIFA World Cup, Germany was stunned by Japan's late comeback.

In the first game of the World Cup that Germany played in Qatar, they were defeated by a stunning late comeback by Japan. Germany had previously won the World Cup four times.

The Report

Before Japan caused the Khalifa International Stadium to erupt in a mix of celebration and surprise, Germany dominated a frenetic match for large spells but failed to capitalize on their pressure. Japan caused the stadium to erupt in a mix of celebration and surprise.

After scoring the goal that put Japan ahead 2-1, Takuma Asano ran over to the photographers in the far corner of the stadium to show his utter elation. He had just scored a thumping strike from a tight angle.

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Before the crowd realized that the ball had been scored on, there was a moment of silence as the ball rolled down from the top of the goal before it was realized that it had been scored.

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot in the first half, but Japan's substitute Ritsu Doan had equalized the score in the 75th minute.

A series of incredible saves were made at both ends of the field before the equalizer was scored. First, Japan's Shuichi Gonda pulled off a double save to deny Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann, and then Germany's Manuel Neuer got his fingertips on Junya Ito's effort.

When the score was 1-0, Germany had a number of opportunities to extend their lead, but they did not take advantage of any of them. As a result, Germany finished in last place in their group in Russia in 2018.

They will play the 2010 champions Spain on Sunday, followed by a match against Costa Rica in their final group game. They will face tough competition in Group E.

In a team photo taken prior to kickoff, Germany's players covered their mouths, and Nancy Faeser, a German government minister, wore the OneLove armband in the crowd.

It follows reports that the German Football Federation (DFB) is looking into the legality of Fifa's threat to punish players for donning the OneLove armband in Qatar.

The DFB later tweeted that human rights are “non-negotiable” and “we stand by our position”.

Japan's Win Gives Germany Flashbacks

The agony of Germany's early elimination from the World Cup in Russia could not be forgotten as Hansi Flick's side trudged off the field at full-time having been defeated by Asian opponents for the second time in a row.

Their fans showed up full of anticipation rather than certainty that their rising stars would usher in a new era for their team.

Even though Germany controlled large spells for the most part, Japan's energy play was relentless, and they refused to give in.

In the dying seconds of the match, the Japanese supporters who were located on the other end of the field from Gonda's goal began to show signs of unease.

This was because Germany's Leon Goretzka had just missed the target with a shot and Japan's goalkeeper Neuer had just come out for consecutive corners in an effort to prevent a dramatic tie.

Despite this, Japan was able to hold on, and as soon as the final whistle blew, the players in the dugout ran out onto the field to celebrate, and the fans in the stands waved their flags with great joy.

They had caused problems for Germany in the first half, with Celtic forward Daizen Maeda having a goal disallowed for offside and then Germany's Kai Havertz also having a goal disallowed for the same reason.

In the first half, Gundogan, Antonio Rudiger, and Joshua Kimmich all had decent chances, but none of them were able to score. Gonda was able to prevent both of Joshua Kimmich's attempts from scoring by making two saves.

After David Raum was brought to the ground by Gonda, Gundogan calmly placed his penalty kick down the middle of the goal to give Germany a lead that they deserved; however, they were forced to pay the price for their missed opportunities.

The young forward for Bayern Munich, Jamal Musiala, beat four defenders inside the penalty area but fired his shot high over the crossbar early in the second half. Goretzka then shot wide in the dying seconds of the match.

Final Words

Germany will compete in the World Cup for the twentieth time after qualifying for all tournaments except the 1930 and 1950 tournaments and winning the title four times, in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014.

While the Japanese national team competes in the 2022 World Cup for the seventh time in a row in a tournament held on its own soil and in front of its own fans.

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