FIFA World Cup 2022: File photo of Naomi Osaka© AFP
Football fans around the world witnessed a jaw-dropping match in the FIFA World Cup 2022 where Japan beat Germany 2-1 to register victory in their opening Group E clash. Leading 1-0 after the penalty goal ilke gundoganGermany could not capitalize on fresh chances as Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano came from behind to score twice for Japan in the second half. After the win, reactions poured in for Japan from around the world as fans were stunned by the Asian side’s miraculous victory.
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka took to Instagram and shared a quirky tweet from a fan after Japan defeated Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2022 clash. Before the match a fan of Team Japan wrote, “Japan will beat you and clean up the whole place, leaving the crime scene with no evidence.”
Osaka shared the fan’s post and captioned it with “lol” and added some crying emojis to it.
Coming into the match, the German team covered their faces for the team photo before the match, a powerful protest against FIFA’s decision to ban rainbow-themed armbands.
Hansi Flick’s team came to Qatar under immense pressure to avoid the disaster of 2018, when they failed to make it out of the group stage in Russia as holders. They took the lead through a first-half penalty from Ilkay Gundogan and after creating several chances they should have gone out of sight.
But Japan held on and equalized through substitute Ritsu Doan in the 75th minute. Takuma Asano then completed a remarkable turnaround eight minutes later, slotting the ball home to drive the boisterous Japanese fans into a frenzy.
Germany’s World Cup future is now in jeopardy with games against Spain and Costa Rica coming up in Group E. Japan are eyeing a place in the knockout rounds after a dramatic comeback which looked unlikely at the end of the first half.
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