Japan’s Bundesliga stars give Germany a surprising defeat at the start of the World Cup

Japan’s No.18 forward Takuma Asano (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during their group E soccer match of the 2022 World Cup Qatar at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 23, 2022 at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha Has. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

By Emmanuel Okogba

Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, who ply their trade in the German Bundesliga, scored within eight minutes of Wednesday’s World Cup opener to shock favorites Germany after losing a goal in the first half.

İlkay Gündoğan put the 2014 winner ahead with a penalty in the 33rd minute.

The loss was a back-to-back loss in the World Cup opening game for Germany, who also lost 1-0 to Mexico in the 2018 edition.

While Ritsu Doan, who plays for FC Freiburg, equalized in the 75th minute, VfL Bochum’s Takuma Asano put the final nail in Germany’s ‘coffin’ in the 83rd minute, beating Neuer from the near post.

Japan’s win will sort of calm the way they fell in a similar fashion in the 2018 edition, losing 2-3 after leading Belgium 2-0 by the 69th minute.

Japan will now go into their next group game against Costa Rica knowing that victory will see them advance to the next round of the competition. It won’t be any easier for Germany in the next game against Spain.

The shock defeat of the Japanese Bundesliga stars against Germany at the World Cup opener first appeared on Vanguard News.

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