Germany started their World Cup campaign with an unexpected defeat.
Japan defeated Germany 2-1 in their World Cup match on Wednesday. A fantastic second-half display saw the Samurai Blues come back from behind to beat Germany.
A stunning comeback!
Germany started the game as the dominant side as they established control over the possession.
Die Mannschaft struggled to create enough serious chances but managed to finally open the scoring in the 33rd minute.
Following a foul on David Raum, the referee pointed to the penalty spot, with Ilkay Gundogan then converting the spot-kick.
Germany remained in control of the game for the rest of the first period. But Japan seemed much improved as soon as the second half started.
The four-time World Champions struggled to maintain control over the possession while Japan put pressure on their backline from both flanks.
The Asian giants finally scored their well-deserved equalizer in the 75th minute. Manuel Neuer deflected Takumi Minamino’s cross, only for Ritsu Doan to smash it behind the net from close range.
Germany went all-in with their attacks to restore their lead while Japan remained ready to conduct swift counter-attacks. Only eight minutes after their first goal, Japan stunned Germany by making it 2-1.
A brilliant through ball from Kou Itakura found Takuma Asano, who defeated Neuer from a tight angle.
Hansi Flick then brought in Mario Gotze and Youssoufa Moukoko for the final ten minutes. But that wasn’t enough to save them from the disappointing defeat.
On Sunday, Germany will face Spain in their next group-stage game while Japan take on Costa Rica.