A shocking late comeback from Japan noticed four-time winners Germany fall to a shock defeat of their opening World Cup recreation in Qatar.
Germany dominated a frenetic match for giant spells however didn’t capitalise on their stress – earlier than Japan induced the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium to erupt into a mixture of celebration and shock.
Substitute Takuma Asano squeezed in a thumping strike from a good angle to make it 2-1 to Japan and ran over to the photographers within the nook of the stadium in sheer delight.
There was a collective pause within the enviornment because the ball rolled down from the roof of the online earlier than supporters realised it had gone in.
Manchester Metropolis’s Ilkay Gundogan had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot within the first half, earlier than Japan substitute Ritsu Doan equalised within the seventy fifth minute.
The equaliser got here after a string of beautiful saves at every finish – Japan’s Shuichi Gonda pulling off a double cease to disclaim Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann, earlier than Germany’s Manuel Neuer obtained his fingertips to Junya Ito’s effort.
Germany, who completed backside of their group in Russia in 2018, had missed a number of probabilities to increase their lead when the rating was 1-0.
They face stiff opposition in Group E with 2010 winners Spain to return on Sunday, then a last group recreation towards Costa Rica.
Earlier than kick-off, Germany’s gamers put their arms over their mouths throughout a group photograph and within the stands a German authorities minister, Nancy Faeser, wore the OneLove armband.
It comes after information the German soccer federation (DFB) is investigating whether or not it’s authorized for Fifa to threaten gamers with sanction for sporting the OneLove armband in Qatar.