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Four of Takuma Asano’s eight goals for Japan have been as a substitute

A stunning late comeback from Japan saw four-time winners Germany fall to a shock defeat in their opening World Cup game in Qatar.

Germany dominated a frenetic match for large spells but failed to capitalise on their pressure – before Japan caused the Khalifa International Stadium to erupt into a mix of mixed celebration and surprise.

Substitute Takuma Asano squeezed in a thumping strike from a tight angle to make it 2-1 to Japan and ran over to the photographers in the corner of the stadium in sheer delight.

There was a collective pause in the arena as the ball rolled down from the roof of the net before supporters realised it had gone in.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot in the first half, before Japan substitute Ritsu Doan equalised in the 75th minute.

The equaliser came after a string of stunning saves at each end – Japan’s Shuichi Gonda pulling off a double stop to deny Serge Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann, before Germany’s Manuel Neuer got his fingertips to Junya Ito’s effort.

Germany, who finished bottom of their group in Russia in 2018, had missed several chances to extend their lead when the score was 1-0.

They face stiff opposition in Group E with 2010 winners Spain to come on Sunday, then a final group game against Costa Rica.

Before kick-off, Germany’s players put their hands over their mouths during a team photo and in the stands a German government minister, Nancy Faeser, wore the OneLove armband.

It comes after news the German football federation is investigating whether it is legal for Fifa to threaten players with sanction for wearing the OneLove armband in Qatar.

The Germany team later tweetedexternal-link that human rights are “non-negotiable” and “we stand by our position”.

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Germany

  1. Squad number1Player nameNeuer

  2. Squad number15Player nameSüle

  3. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  4. Squad number23Player nameSchlotterbeck

  5. Squad number3Player nameRaum

  6. Squad number6Player nameKimmich

  7. Squad number21Player nameGündogan

  8. Squad number10Player nameGnabry

  9. Squad number13Player nameMüller

  10. Squad number14Player nameMusiala

  11. Squad number7Player nameHavertz

  1. Squad number8Player nameGoretzka

  2. Squad number9Player nameFüllkrug

  3. Squad number11Player nameGötze

  4. Squad number18Player nameHofmann

  5. Squad number26Player nameMoukoko

Japan

  1. Squad number12Player nameGonda

  2. Squad number19Player nameH Sakai

  3. Squad number4Player nameItakura

  4. Squad number22Player nameYoshida

  5. Squad number5Player nameNagatomo

  6. Squad number6Player nameEndo

  7. Squad number17Player nameTanaka

  8. Squad number14Player nameIto

  9. Squad number15Player nameKamada

  10. Squad number11Player nameKubo

  11. Squad number25Player nameMaeda

  1. Squad number8Player nameDoan

  2. Squad number9Player nameMitoma

  3. Squad number10Player nameMinamino

  4. Squad number16Player nameTomiyasu

  5. Squad number18Player nameAsano

Line-ups

Germany

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 15Süle
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 23Schlotterbeck
  • 3Raum
  • 6Kimmich
  • 21GündoganSubstituted forGoretzkaat 67′minutes
  • 10GnabrySubstituted forMoukokoat 90′minutes
  • 13MüllerSubstituted forHofmannat 67′minutes
  • 14MusialaSubstituted forGötzeat 79′minutes
  • 7HavertzSubstituted forFüllkrugat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ginter
  • 5Kehrer
  • 8Goretzka
  • 9Füllkrug
  • 11Götze
  • 12Trapp
  • 16Klostermann
  • 17Brandt
  • 18Hofmann
  • 19Sané
  • 20Günter
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 25Bella-Kotchap
  • 26Moukoko

Japan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gonda
  • 19H SakaiSubstituted forMinaminoat 74′minutes
  • 4Itakura
  • 22Yoshida
  • 5NagatomoSubstituted forMitomaat 57′minutes
  • 6Endo
  • 17TanakaSubstituted forDoanat 71′minutes
  • 14Ito
  • 15Kamada
  • 11KuboSubstituted forTomiyasuat 45′minutes
  • 25MaedaSubstituted forAsanoat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Yamane
  • 3Taniguchi
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 8Doan
  • 9Mitoma
  • 10Minamino
  • 13Morita
  • 16Tomiyasu
  • 18Asano
  • 20Machino
  • 21Ueda
  • 23Schmidt
  • 24Soma
  • 26Ito

Referee:
Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros

Attendance:
42,608

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