Another World Cup day, one other World Cup shock.
Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late targets Wednesday to offer Japan a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Germany.
Both Doan and Asano play for German golf equipment.
“They’re combating in a really robust, robust, prestigious league. They’ve been build up their power. In that context we imagine that these divisions [Bundesliga and second division] have been contributing to the event of Japanese gamers,” Moriyasu mentioned. “I’m very grateful for that.”
Ilkay Gundogan had given four-time champion Germany the lead with a first-half penalty. But Doan, who performs for Freiburg, pounced on a rebound to equalize within the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot from Takumi Minamino.
Then Asano, who performs for Bochum, sprinted away from Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a slim angle within the 83rd minute of the primary aggressive assembly between the 2 nations.
The match was performed a day after Argentina’s 2-1 upset loss to Saudi Arabia.
Germany outplayed Japan for a lot of the match with 24 makes an attempt on aim in comparison with Japan’s 11. Despite freely giving the penalty for a careless problem on left again David Raum, Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda made a string of saves and was participant of the sport.
“We fought as a workforce,” Gonda mentioned. “We have to ensure we by no means cease.”
Germany protests controversies surrounding Qatar
Germany’s gamers lined their mouths for his or her workforce photograph earlier than their opening World Cup match in an obvious rebuke of FIFA’s clampdown on plans to put on armbands to protest discrimination in host nation Qatar.
The workforce lined up within the conventional formation earlier than Wednesday’s recreation in opposition to Japan and every of the 11 gamers lined their mouth with their proper hand. It gave the impression to be a response to FIFA’s warning to the seven European federations that gamers could be penalized in the event that they wore vibrant “One Love” armbands as an emblem for inclusion and variety.
Qatar has been below scrutiny for its human rights report and legal guidelines criminalizing homosexuality.
Nancy Faeser, Germany’s sports activities minister, attended the match at the Khalifa International Stadium and was sitting beside FIFA president Gianni Infantino whereas carrying the identical “One Love” armband that FIFA had outlawed with its threats of penalties.
Germany was taking part in at the World Cup for the primary time since its shocking group-stage exit as defending champion in 2018, whereas Japan is showing in its seventh straight World Cup and is seeking to attain the quarterfinals for the primary time.
Japan subsequent performs Costa Rica, whereas Germany faces Spain on Sunday.