Japan come from behind to beat Germany with two late goals


Japan scored two late goals to come from behind and stun Germany in their World Cup Group E opener on Wednesday.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan gave Germany the lead with a penalty on 33 minutes at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, and forward Kai Havertz had the ball in the back of the net just ahead of half-time but the goal was ruled out for offside.

However, Japan hit back with goals from striker Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the final 15 minutes to claim their first ever win over Germany and cause an early tournament upset.

Hansi Flick is leading Germany at his first World Cup as manager, with the side seeking redemption after a surprise group-stage exit at Russia 2018.

In the pre-game team photo, Germany’s players had their hands over their mouths, and interior minister Nancy Faeser was seated next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino wearing the “OneLove” armband as FIFA threatened to impose sanctions due to the protest.



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