Germany 1 – Japan 2 : Japan’s change of system in the second half favors the comeback
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Japan got a key win to put their qualification on track
Tough defeat for Germany that must now win its next matches
Spain and Costa Rica complete Group E
Germany 1-2 Japan
Ilkai Gundogan (penalty) 33′, Ritsu Doan 75′, Takuma Asano 83′
In the first minutes, the Japanese team hurt Germany and reached goal position, but the linesman annulled the play due to an advanced position.
The European team was also in danger with shots from medium distance and became strong on the set piece with Antonio Rudiger’s header.
At 33 minutes, the Japanese goalkeeper committed a penalty and Gundogan changed it for a goal.
After taking the lead, Germany managed the game and had a few chances to widen the gap.
In the plugin, the Asians went in search of the epic and they got it.
At minute 75, after a good collective play, Neuer gave a rebound to the midfielder that Ritsu Doan took advantage of to tie the game
. And a few moments later, after a long pitch, Asano controlled the ball well and made it 2-1 after a good finish.
Key moment of the match
In just eight minutes, Japan took the lead.
First it was with a good collective play on the left side, which ended with a cross and a short rebound from Manuel Neuer, who was captured by Ritsu Doan to seal the partial tie.
And a few moments later, after a long ball and better control from Takuma Asano, both brought on from the substitute bench, he made the game 2-1 to unleash the joy of the Japanese people.
As in the title year 2014: Germany started the finals with a converted penalty
As in the 2018 World Cup and the 2020 Euro Cup: for the third time in a row, Germany suffered a defeat at the start of the tournament