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FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan Stun Four-Time Champions Germany With Late Comeback

FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan Stun Four-Time Champions Germany With Late Comeback

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Japan defeated Germany 2-1 in their opening encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Wednesday, November 23, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha thanks to a goal from substitute Takuma Asano in the 83rd minute.

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The co-hosts of the 2002 World Cup, the Asian giants, dealt the competition another setback by defeating its illustrious European adversaries on the second day in a row.

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In the incidental match on Tuesday, Argentina's first-half goals came via penalties.

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And on Wednesday, Ilkay Gundogan's 33rd-minute penalty gave Germany the advantage.

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Ritsu Doan, however, assisted by Samurai Blue, scored two late goals in the 75th and Asano.

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their first victory over reigning champions in 26 games; they previously won the championship in 2014.

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Japan is trying to get to the tournament's final eight.

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was compelled to take a back seat to his more well-known rivals.

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but came back strongly to breach the spine of the German defense in the second half.