Japan springs huge surprise, upset Germany 2-1 in World Cup

It was deja vu once more as followers had been handled to a different upset within the World Cup when 4-time Champions Germany succumbed to Japan 1-2 of their Group E encounter on Wednesday.

That is the punishment for an absence of killer intuition – a cost one can by no means lay on the door of the easiest German sides. Hansi Flick’s males ought to have been out of sight by the midway level of the second half, however weren’t ruthless sufficient. The longer it stayed 1-0, the longer Japan felt they might get one thing out of the sport. Quickly after their goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda made a number of saves to maintain his group within the recreation, Japan went to the opposite finish and examined Manuel Neuer. It was a warning Germany didn’t heed correctly as instantly afterwards, Arsenal’s Takumi Minamino’s shot was parried by the
German custodian, just for Ritsu Doan to slam house the rebound.

And the match turned on its head when Takuma Asano latched on to an extended ball from his personal half, and regardless of the eye of a close-marking defender, beat Neuer at his close to submit.

Japan floored Germany in essentially the most easiest of how. A protracted ball excessive discovered Asano with ample house, making many of the abysmal German offside entice. Asano cooly held off Sule and squeezed in a end previous the imposing Neuer on the first submit. Doesn’t maintain effectively for an skilled keeper like Neuer conceding on the close to submit.

For the primary objective, 4 minutes and 9 seconds since he got here on instead, Doan thundered house from shut vary to attract the sport. Mitoma started the assault down the left and crossed throughout objective. It’s palmed away tamely by the dominating Neuer however finds Doan who slots it in.

Earlier, Ilkay Gundogan had despatched Shuichi Gonda the flawed means to assist Germany take the lead. Kimmich sprayed a move deep into the penalty field for Raum, who reduce and appeared to be clipped by keeper Gonda. Then, within the act of getting again to his toes, Raum is tackled to the ground by the ‘keeper and the ref has no choice however to level to the spot.

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