Germany vs. Japan – Football Match Report – November 23, 2022

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Japan scored two late goals to come from behind and stun Germany in their World Cup Group E opener on Wednesday.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan gave Germany the lead with a penalty on 33 minutes at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, and forward Kai Havertz had the ball in the back of the net just ahead of half-time but the goal was ruled out for offside.

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However, Japan hit back with goals from striker Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the final 15 minutes to claim their first ever win over Germany and cause an early tournament upset.

Hansi Flick is leading Germany at his first World Cup as manager, with the side seeking redemption after a surprise group-stage exit at Russia 2018.

Germany players placed their hands over their mouths during their prematch team photo, while the country’s interior minister Nancy Faeser sat next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino wearing the “OneLove” armband as FIFA’s threat of sanctions over protest continued.

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