Japan defeated today’s opponent for the first time in history and provided the second big surprise at the expense of one of the favorites of the tournament. Already on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2:1.
The four-time world champions, the Germans, did not manage to enter the tournament, just like in 2018, when they were not good enough for Mexico at the start. In the end, they did not advance from the group at the championship in Russia. In the second round, they will face the Spaniards on Sunday. Japan takes on Costa Rica.
The German team drew attention to themselves even before the opening whistle, because the players covered their mouths during the team photo. The gesture was a response to a ban by FIFA, which disallowed rainbow captain’s armbands in support of an anti-discrimination campaign.
The favorite dominated from the beginning of the match, in the first half he had the ball on his boots for 72 percent of the playing time, and even scored the leading goal under pressure. After half an hour, the Japanese goalkeeper Gonda tripped and then fell in Rauma’s goal, and Gündogan easily scored the 17th goal for the national team from the penalty spot.
After changing sides, he could have put Musial up after a great individual move, but after weaving through the defense, he shot over from an ideal position. Gündogan had an even better chance after an hour of the game, who hit the post with a technical attack. In the 70th minute, Gonda also shone, taking four great chances in short succession.
But the Japanese came to life after several substitutions and it was the new players on the pitch who secured the equaliser. In the 73rd minute, Neuer reflexively eliminated Asana’s spot-on shot, but a moment later, Minamin’s cross attempted only for Doan, who comfortably finished it into an empty net. The Freiburg midfielder scored his fourth goal for the national team.
The second goal and turnover was also arranged by a player from the Bundesliga. Bochum striker Asano handled Itakura’s long kick behind the defense, made his way past Schlotterbeck in front of the goal and shot past Neuer from a wide angle under the crossbar. Asana’s eighth international goal equaled the balance between the two teams and was only Germany’s second defeat in 17 games under coach Flick.
|FIFA World Cup Qatar – Group E (Doha, Khalifa International):|
|Germany – Japan 1:2 (1:0)|
|Goals: 33. Gündogan from pen. – 75. Doan, 83. Asano. Referees: Barton – Morán (both Salv.), Zeegelaar (Sur.) – Vigliano (video, Arg.). Spectators: 42,608.|
|Germany: Neuer – Süle, Rüdiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum – Gündogan (67. Goretzka), Kimmich – Gnabry (90. Moukoko), Müller (67. Hofmann), Musiala (79. Götze) – Havertz (79. Füllkrug). Coach: Flick.|
|Japonsko: Gonda – Sakai (75. Minamino), Itakura, Jošida, Nagatomo (57. Mitoma) – Endo, Tanaka (71. Doan) – J. Ito, Kamada, Kubo (46. Tomijasu) – Maeda (57. Asano) Trenér: Morijasu.|