Twenty four hours after Saudi Arabia silenced fancied and star studded Argentina, Japan caused another huge upset at the 2022 World Cup as a thrilling comeback saw them stun Germany 2-1 in Qatar on Wednesday, November 23, 2022
With Spain also in Group E, Germany are now at serious risk of missing out on the knockouts again.
The loss handed Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring from the spot for Germany after 30 minutes.
German Bundesliga wingers Ritsu Doan of Freiburg winger and VFl Bochum’s Takuma Asano scored second-half goals to earn Japan a memorable victory at the Khalifa International Stadium for Hansi Flick’s side suffer a second successive World Cup opening defeat.
Japan had the ball in the net after eight minutes, but the goal scored by German second tier league side Fortuna Düsseldorf midfielder Ao Tanaka was ruled out for offside.
Former Chelsea forward Kai Havertz thought he had doubled Germany’s lead when he tapped in a close-range effort, but the goal was ruled out after a quick VAR check.