Germany 1-2 Japan: victory in Opening Group E game sees more World Cup 2022 shocks

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Four-time World Cup winners Germany shockingly fell to a 2-1 decision to Japan successful their opening Group E crippled astatine the Qatar 2022 World Cup 

The lucifer saw Japan assertion triumph implicit Germany for the archetypal clip successful the 2 teams’ history. 

It besides marks the 2nd clip successful a enactment that the second person mislaid their World Cup opening game. Fans volition retrieve that Germany mislaid 1-0 to Mexico successful the 2018 Russia World Cup.

First-half: Germany spell 1-0 up acknowledgment to VAR

The archetypal extremity of Japan and German’s opening radical E crippled came aft Shuichi Gonda of Japan fouled David Raum of Germany, resulting successful a punishment granted by VAR.

The determination saw Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan slotting the shot conscionable to the near of the centre successful the 33rd minute. 

Despite Germany’s aboriginal lead, Japan wasn’t disheartened. Junya Ito won a country down the close successful the 36th minute, which yet broke done Germany’s defence. However, Takefusa Kubo’s last shot was easy cleared by German goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer. 

Five minutes of added clip was played successful the archetypal fractional of the Germany vs Japan match, with the 4th seeing a extremity being tapped location by Chelsea’s Kai Havertz.

The extremity successful question nevertheless was yet disallowed aft a VAR determination deemed Hevertz to beryllium offside.

Germany ended the archetypal fractional of their opening Group E crippled 1-0 up.

In the opening   Group E crippled  against Germany and Japan, the second  clinched a daze  2-1 victory.Image credit: FIFA Sub changes astatine half-time saw a alteration successful Japan

While Germany didn’t marque immoderate changes astatine halftime, the Blue Samurai substituted Kubo for Takehiro Tomiyasu and besides changed the enactment to see 5 astatine the back. 

In the 57th, Japan besides subbed Yuto Nagatomo and Celtic’s Daizen Maeda, for Takuma Asano and Kaoru Mitoma. 

In the 68th, a treble sub came from the German camp. Gundogan, who scored Germany’s starring extremity and Thomas Muller were replaced by Leon Goretzka and Jonas Hofmann, respectively.

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Following the treble sub from Hajime Moriyasu, Japan was seemingly revitalised. They won a country successful the 69th, which saw the shot being dropped astatine the feet of Kou Itakura. However, the defender made the mistake of passing to Neuer alternatively of shooting himself. 

Before different failed effort astatine goal, Ao Tanaka was replaced by Ritsu Doan. Three minutes aboriginal Hiroki Sakai was subbed retired for Takumi Minamino.

Second-half:Japan people their goals of the game

Within seconds, Minamino rapidly sent the shot down the inside-left channel, wherever Neur passed to Doan. The second slotted the shot into Germany’s nett from the six-yard people successful the 73rd minute.

From then, it was Japan’s game. Germany frantically made a treble substitution successful Jamal Musiala and Hevertz for Niclas Fullkrug and Mario Gotze. However, it wasn’t capable to halt Japan from scoring again successful the 83rd. 

Asano hammered the shot location from an highly choky space astatine the right-hand of the six-yard box, scoring Japan’s 2nd extremity of the game. 

While Germany attempted to respond with adjacent calls successful the 7 minutes of added time, their shots came to nary avail. This is besides contempt them having 9 on-target shots passim the full game, and dominating with 74% of possession. 

The lucifer marks Germany’s archetypal nonaccomplishment astatine the 2022 World Cup. The lucifer against Japan is besides the archetypal clip the erstwhile has taken a nonaccomplishment erstwhile starring astatine half-time astatine a World Cup since 1974!

How does Group E of the 2022 World Cup look?

Victorious federation Japan present apical Group E with 3 points, portion Germany sits successful dormant past with 0 points. This is fantastic quality for the former, but not truthful overmuch for the second erstwhile their adjacent World Cup fixture is against Spain.

To enactment that into perspective, the past clip Germany and Spain met was successful November 2020. The lucifer saw Germany suffering a humiliating decision of 6-0 to Spain. 

Japan volition look Costa Rica connected Sunday November 27, portion Germany quadrate up against Spain astatine a aboriginal clip connected the aforesaid date. 

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