Japan has pulled off the second stunning upset of the Qatar World Cup by beating four-times winners, Germany in the latest embarrassment for the tournament veterans.
Goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the last 15 minutes gave Japan a stunning 2-1 upset over Germany in the Qatar World Cup Group E opener on Wednesday.
In echoes of Argentina’s humiliating defeat to Saudi Arabia just over 24 hours earlier, Germany took the lead through a first-half penalty but a spirited fightback saw the underdogs claim a famous 2-1 victory.
Germany has now lost its opening match in their last three tournaments and could face a repeat of 2018 wif it fail to make it out of the World Cup group stage for the first time in their history.
With Costa Rica and fellow World Cup holders, Spain still to play, Germany now face another uphill battle to escape the ‘Group of Death’ and their fans and media are already savaging the superstars.
The result sparked wild scenes of jubilation from Japan’s loyal travelling fans while Germany’s expectant fans could only watch on with their heads in their hands.