DOHA: Hajime Moriyasu’s squad started this World Cup campaign brilliantly when they defeated the four-time champions, Germany with a 2-1 result in the group E action that took place at the Khalifa International Stadium just now.
The beginning of the game saw a balanced match when both teams had equal chances to score.
However, a mistake by Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda brought down David Raum in the penalty area and Ilkay Gundogan had no problem putting Germany 1-0 ahead in the 33rd minute.
The action in the second half became more lively when Japan was more aggressive and their efforts paid off when substitute player Ritsu Doan tied the score at 1-1 in the 75th minute.
Before Germany could adjust their strategy, Takuma Asano managed to carry the ball and shoot hard to beat Manuel Neuer in the 83rd minute and put Japan ahead with a 2-1 result, and the result remained until the end of the match.
This is the second surprise in this edition of the World Cup after Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina yesterday with a result of 2-1.
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