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'Japan does a Saudi Arabia': Twitter goes berserk over Germany's FIFA World Cup loss

'Japan does a Saudi Arabia': Twitter goes berserk over Germany's FIFA World Cup loss

Goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the last 15 minutes gave Japan a stunning 2-1 upset over four-time champions Germany in their World Cup Group E opener

Japan's Ritsu Doan and Shuichi Gonda celebrate after the match with Germany Japan's Ritsu Doan and Shuichi Gonda celebrate after the match with Germany

FIFA World Cup 2022 saw the second big upset of the tournament when Germany lost 2-1 to Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Wednesday.

Goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the last 15 minutes gave Japan a stunning 2-1 upset over four-time champions Germany in their World Cup Group E opener.

The Germans had dominated the contest by taking the lead with a 33rd minute penalty from Ilkay Guendogan after Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda had fouled wing back David Raum but the second goal never came.

Twitter users couldn't contain their joy at the upset and hailed the Asian nation for "pulling off a Saudi Arabia".

"These world leaders in football are just getting their heads scalped by supposed minnows. First it was Argentina with Messi that got whooped by lowly Saudi Arabia. Now 4-time champions just got trashed by Japan. This is a World Cup like no other," tweeted a Twitter user.

The defeat was the third in a row in the opening match of a major championship for Germany after a loss to Mexico at the 2018 World Cup, when they bowed out in the first round as champions, and to France at Euro 2020.

Germany looked in total command in the Group E clash but, with each missed chance, left the door open for Japan, who showed almost nothing in attack until a series of substitutions injected some energy in the second half.

Doan equalised in the 75th minute before Asano showed lovely control and smashed the winner in from a tight angle - causing an explosion of joy among the Japan bench.

It was a turnaround that looked scarcely believable as Japan struggled to get any foothold for most of the game.

Germany launched all-out attack from then on, to no avail, and now face a potentially must-win game next against Spain.

"We played a good game over long periods of time but a game is also marked by the chances that you convert into goals," said Germany striker Thomas Mueller after his team had enjoyed 76.8% possession. "It is ludicrous that we are here with a defeat."

Japan next face Costa Rica and, for the second tournament in a row, will be dreaming of the last 16 - at least.

Published on: Nov 23, 2022, 8:41 PM IST
Posted by: Jamma Jagannath, Nov 23, 2022, 8:38 PM IST
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