In echoes of Argentina’s humiliating defeat to Saudi Arabia simply over 24 hours earlier, Germany took the lead by a first-half penalty however a spirited fightback noticed the underdogs declare a well-known 2-1 victory.
Germany have now misplaced their opening match of their final three tournaments and didn’t make it out of the group stage in Russia in 2018 for the primary time of their historical past.
With Costa Rica and fellow World Cup holders Spain nonetheless to play, Germany now face one other uphill battle to flee the ‘Group of Demise’, and their followers and media are already savaging the superstars.
Bild branded the consequence a ‘debacle’ and mentioned the workforce ‘made a idiot of themselves’ whereas Die Welt accused the millionaire stars of being ‘frightened’.
The consequence sparked wild scenes of jubilation from Japan’s loyal travelling followers whereas Germany’s expectant followers might solely watch on as horror with their heads of their palms.
Japanese gamers run on to the pitch in celebration as the ultimate whistle blows confirming a well-known World Cup victory over Germany
Germany’s Serge Gnabry (left) buries his head within the grass after the embarrassing defeat whereas Joshua Kimmich appears emotional (Proper)
Two German followers, one carrying full package from shirt to socks, sit despondently within the stadium surrounded by discarded flags after full time
Germany followers watched in on horror on the remaining whistle after travelling to Doha to observe their workforce succumb to a 3rd successive match opening day defeat
A German fan again house on the Christmas market in Westfalenschaenke cries out in frustration as Germany miss one other golden likelihood
Japanese followers couldn’t comprise their feelings on the remaining whistle in one of many nation’s greatest ever outcomes
Jubilant followers have fun on the remaining whistle at a fanzone occasion in Tokyo as Japan claimed a well-known victory
Depressing German followers stand amongst Japanese supporters awaiting the ultimate whistle on the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar
Japan followers watching the sport from Tokyo cheer and wave their nation’s flag after scoring towards the Germans
Japanese substitutes run on to the pitch on the remaining whistle to have fun their well-known win over Germany
Japan’s midfielder Ritsu Doan celebrates together with his teammates after scoring his workforce’s opener
Agony and ecstasy: Japan’s Takuma Asano celebrates after Japan got here from 1-0 right down to beat four-time winners Germany whereas Ilkay Gundogan holds his head in his palms
Bild (pictured) branded the consequence a ‘debacle’ and mentioned the workforce ‘made a idiot of themselves’ whereas Die Welt accused the millionaire stars of being ‘frightened’
The Germans had dominated the competition on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium and brought the lead with a thirty third minute penalty from Manchester Metropolis’s Ilkay Guendogan after Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda had fouled wing again David Raum.
However a quick-fire double from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano inside eight minutes turned the tide and set the Samurai Blue on the right track for a historic win.
So as to add insult to damage, a lot of Japan’s workforce, together with their two goalscorers, ply their commerce in Germany’s Bundesliga, making all of them too acquainted to the heartbroken followers watching again house.
Germany are famed for his or her match prowess however they’ve now suffered three defeats within the opening video games of their final three tournaments.
At Euro 2020 they misplaced to France earlier than bowing out to England within the Spherical of 16, whereas they misplaced to Mexico on the 2018 World Cup and didn’t make it out of their group after dropping to South Korea.
It was the primary aggressive assembly between the 2 nations.
Earlier than the sport, Germany’s gamers lined their mouths throughout the workforce photograph in an obvious rebuke to FIFA following its choice to cease plans to put on armbands to protest discrimination in host nation Qatar.
The consequence sparked wild scenes of jubilation from Japan’s loyal travelling followers whereas Germany’s expectant followers might solely watch on as horror
Ritsu Doan of Japan celebrates after the 2-1 win throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match
Japan followers watching on from Tokyo cheers because the workforce takes a shock lead towards one of many match favourites
Kai Havertz of Germany reacts throughout the FIFA World Cup 2022 group E soccer match between Germany and Japan
Japan’s Takuma Asano celebrates after the match after his purpose secured a well-known win for the Samurai Blues
Gundogan cooly tucked house, with Japanese keeper Shuichi Gonda going the opposite method
German gamers cowl their mouths in FIFA protest
German gamers lined their mouths in a Qatari stadium at the moment forward of their World Cup conflict with Japan in protest of FIFA’s choice to ban an LGBTQ armband.
Their present of defiance within the Khalifa Stadium in Doha got here after the world soccer governing physique threatened sanctions towards groups and their captains in the event that they went forward with their plan to put on the ‘OneLove’ armband – which had been seen as a symbolic protest towards legal guidelines in Qatar, the place homosexuality is illegitimate.
All German gamers took half within the gesture in entrance of dozens of photographers on the pitch forward of their Group E match kickoff, which ended with the four-time winners losing 2-1 to their Japanese opponents in one other World Cup shock.
After the protest and because the match kicked off, the German Soccer Affiliation (DFB) launched an assertion emphatically supporting its workforce, saying: ‘To ban the armband is like banning our proper to talk.’
In the meantime, watching from the stands, Germany’s Inside Minister Nancy Faeser wore the armband as an alternative. She had hidden it beneath a pink blazer, which she took off as the sport started – revealing the band and its heart-shaped emblem.
Germany’s gamers positioned their palms over their mouths throughout a workforce photograph forward of their recreation towards Japan in a World Cup Group E match on Wednesday in protest. Pictured, prime row (left-to-right): David Raum, captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Antonio Rüdiger, Kay Havertz, Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck. Backside-row, left-to-right: Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller and İlkay Gündoğan
After surviving an early scare when Japan got here near taking the lead, Germany dominated the primary half.
Gundogan of Metropolis and Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich have been the driving forces behind the German superiority, transferring the ball usually to the left facet the place the advancing David Laum was a persistent hazard from left-back.
Former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, now of Actual Madrid, was the primary to threaten, heading narrowly extensive from a nook. Then Kimmich noticed a robust shot saved and Gundogan lifted the rebound over the bar when actually he ought to have scored.
Japan have been organised throughout their again 4 and have been in a position to prohibit Germany to photographs from distance on the entire. However they have been persistently dropping floor in midfield and this enabled the Germans to maintain pushing relentlessly till one thing gave.
Gundogan was twice extra denied – as soon as by goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda and as soon as by the leg of former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida – earlier than he was ultimately given a possibility from the penalty spot.
Once more it was a run from Laum down the left that triggered Japan their drawback. The 24-year-old was in yards of area and as he turned again inside to evaluate his choices, goalkeeper Gonda fouled him twice as he bundled him to the bottom.
The choice was subjected to a VAR journey however there was little doubt about it and Gundogan ambled as much as stroke a penalty to the goalkeeper’s proper within the thirty third minute.
Now that the Japanese defence had been breached, Germany started to play with extra fluency and confidence and their opponents have been hanging on a bit bit as half-time neared.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz popped in a move throughout purpose in first half added time however VAR confirmed him to be a yard offside. Then on the different finish Japan briefly rallied to threaten as Daeda headed a cross narrowly extensive. Previous to all that, although, Kimmich labored Gonda from distance and much-talked about teenager Jamal Musiala swept one in all his personal over the bar.
Japan’s change at half-time noticed Arsenal’s defender Takehiro Tomiyasu come on however nothing modified by way of the circulation
of the play. Certainly, inside a minute of the sport restarting, Serge Gnabry overlapped on the appropriate and kissed the highest of the bar with an angle shot. After which, within the fiftieth minute, Musiala nearly scored one of many objectives of the match thus far, promoting a succession of dummies as he eased throughout the penalty space earlier than taking pictures over the bar together with his proper foot.
This was a World Cup debut for the Bayern Munich participant who attended an English faculty and as time went on he grew more and more influential. And when he minimize inside from the left within the sixtieth minute to feed Gundogan, his team-mate ought to have achieved higher than plant a shot towards the skin of the publish.
The shock defeat was the second main upset of the match after Lionel Messi’s Argentina misplaced to Saudi Arabia yesterday
Saudi followers celebrated wildly within the stands after their workforce fended off one of many match favourites Argentina yesterday earlier than Germany suffered the same defeat at the moment
Argentine followers appeared completely dejected following the match by which their workforce strayed offside six instances and noticed three objectives disallowed
There continued to be sporadic threats from Japan. Within the 67th minute, for instance, defender Ko Itakura met a nook on the far publish and headed dangerously throughout purpose. Then, quickly after, one other nook triggered a little bit of panic within the German penalty space.
Among the many small however persistently noisy group of Japanese followers behind the purpose at that finish, there was a rising sense that one thing could also be potential. And when goalkeeper Gonda made 4 saves within the area of 1 minute – three of them alone have been from Gnabry – Japan remained very a lot within the recreation.
Gonda had made up for the error that conceded the penalty after which some. The save of the match then got here from Germany’s Neuer – the veteran palming away a cross shot from Daichi Kamada – however a minute later the 2014 champions’ defence was lastly breached.
A cross shot from the left from substitute Takumi Minamino was pushed away once more by Neuer however this time the rebound ran to Doan and he rammed the ball in to the empty internet.
Germany have been paying the worth for not killing the sport however Japan’s self-belief and braveness had performed an element within the comeback too. A draw checked out that stage as if it will signify an excellent consequence for the underdogs however they weren’t completed and so they surprised Germany with a second purpose with seven minutes left.
The lengthy free-kick ahead from Itakura, caught Nico Schlotterbeck sleeping and when Asano managed the ball fantastically he was in a position to maintain off his opponent’s problem and beat Neuer excessive at his close to publish.
What a turnaround this had been. Germany had managed this recreation however all of a sudden, with the clock counting down, they have been dealing with one of many greatest embarrassments of their historical past.