World Cup 2022: Reactions to Japan’s 2-1 win over Germany
Here are some reactions following Japan’s 2-1 victory over Germany.
The World Cup keeps delivering unexpected twists, and Wednesday was no exception as Japan stunned Germany with a 2-1 win.
Though it first appeared to be going according to plan for the 2014 winners, Germany and Japan gave us to a truly fascinating show after Croatia and Morocco’s snooze-fest.
This isn’t the first surprise of the World Cup. Argentina was stunned by Saudi Arabia after taking a 1-0 lead, as a second-half comeback saw Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari hit in short succession to cancel out Lionel Messi’s penalty.
Germany seemed uneasy in the group stage after their elimination at the same point in 2018, but Japan’s victory over Germany leaves Group E wide open before Spain’s match with Costa Rica.
With talents like Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller, and Antonio Rudiger in the lineup, Hansi Flick’s team was anticipated to see out the match and score their first points thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan penalty.
Fans and football lovers have some comments to make about the match after Germany’s second-half collapse and some excellent substitutions by Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu turned the game around.
What a goal that was from Japan. An exquisite first touch from Asano who finished it off beautifully.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) November 23, 2022
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 23, 2022
ANOTHER World Cup shock! 😳
FT: Germany 1-2 Japan ⏱️ pic.twitter.com/vnZhaQwEO4
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 23, 2022
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Japan against Germany pic.twitter.com/4F1PRescDL
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 23, 2022
Another powerhouse goes down in their first game as Japan come from behind to beat Germany 2-1.
Terrific second-half performance from Japan, with their substitutes proving pivotal.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) November 23, 2022
Japan in the second-half pic.twitter.com/a9sqVA4El5
— 433 (@433) November 23, 2022
Huge storylines already and great fuel for Canada to be the next statement vs Belgium. #FIFAWorldCup
— Emily Wilson (@wilson_emt) November 23, 2022
The World Cup's throwing up some surprises eh?!
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) November 23, 2022
— FotMob (@FotMob) November 23, 2022
Ritsu Doan, a substitute, ultimately defeated Manuel Neuer, who had previously made a number of saves to maintain his team ahead.
Ritsu Doan has now equalled Wayne Rooney's WC goals record
— CR7 Rap Rhymes (@cr7raprhymes) November 23, 2022
What a moment for Japan! Ritsu Dōan, who plays in Germany for Freiburg, grabs the equaliser.🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/Bsey6XRANM
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) November 23, 2022
Just seven minutes after Doan’s 75th-minute attempt, Takuma Asano, another substitute off the bench, received a pass from Ko Itakura and beat Neuer at his near post to complete the Samurai Blue’s miraculous comeback.
Takuma Asano's game by numbers vs Germany:
33 minutes played
5 touches in opp. box
1 chance created
1 final third entry
Match winner. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/wTP5O01WOX
— Squawka (@Squawka) November 23, 2022
Just to say I always knew Takuma Asano was that good 😉
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) November 23, 2022