Another shocking upset in the World Cup group stages as Japan come from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 in Qatar.
Japan staged a sensational fightback to deal Germany a shock 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener.
Bundesliga players Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano came off the bench to stun the four-time World Champions.
This was the second upset in the ongoing World Cup in Qatar after Saudi Arabia fight back to defeat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 in the opening match.
Germany made headlines by covering their mouths in a pre-match protest against FIFA’s decision to ban Manuel Neuer from wearing the OneLove armband, and they looked set to make a positive start in Group E when Ilkay Gundogan converted a first-half penalty.
Hansi Flick’s side then squandered several golden opportunities to put the game to bed before Freiburg forward Doan made them pay from a rebound 15 minutes from time.
With Germany chasing a winner, there was to be one final twist as Asano raced onto a long ball before firing beyond Neuer, leaving Die Mannschaft under huge pressure ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Spain.
Germany’s loss was their first after building a half-time lead at the World Cup since 1978 (a 3-2 loss to Austria), snapping a run of 21 such games without defeat.
Flick’s team also became the first side since records began to lose a World Cup game when accumulating over three expected goals (xG).
Watch the highlights of the match below;
Key Opta Facts:
– Japan picked up their first victory against Germany (D1 L1), with nine of the 10 total goals in this fixture being scored in the second half.
– Germany have lost a World Cup game in which they led at half time for the first time since 1978 (2-3 vs Austria), having gone unbeaten in their previous 21 such matches before today.
– Japan came from behind to win a World Cup match for the very first time, having drawn two and lost 11 of their 13 matches when they had trailed before today.
– Having lost their opening game at just one of their first 18 World Cup tournaments (W13 D4), Germany have lost their first game at each of the last two World Cups.
Germany will be playing against Spain on Sunday 27 November at 20:00, while Costa Rica will face Japan on the same at 11:00.