Another World Cup match day, another World Cup upset. Japan came back from a goal down to defeat Germany 2-1 in their first match of Group E on Wednesday.
Two goals in the second half was enough for Japan to complete a comeback and shock the Germans in Qatar.
Germany looked like the obviously stronger side on paper but the Japanese players started the match on a strong foot with Celtic’s Daizen Maeda scoring a goal that was eventually ruled out for offside.
David Raum bursted into the box which forced Japan to conceding a penalty. Gundogan stepped up to play the penalty and slotted it right into the net to make it 1-0.
Joshua Kimmich did try to double the lead before halftime but his shot was parried away to the path of Gnabry who set up Kai Havertz for a goal which was eventually ruled out for offside.
Not long after firing a rebound over the bar, the ball was whipped into the box for Manuel Neuer to parry again. This time, the ball fell nicely to Ritsu Doan who fired into the net.
The Japanese would complete their comeback when a long ball was played towards the path of Takuma Asano who chased and bullied Nico Schlotterbeck to the ball and shot the ball beyond Manuel Neuer from tight angle.