The German team took advantage of Japan, on the first date of Group E, and missed chances to increase the score, which ended up paying dearly. After several offensive attempts, the Asian team overcame history: Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano overcame Manuel Neuer’s resistance.
Shuichi Gonda, the Japanese goalkeeper, had become a figure, containing the advance of Kai Havertz, Serge Gnabry and company. In this context, the coach Hajime Moriyasu took the opportunity to make some modifications in the attack, understanding that the opponent was beginning to leave spaces.
And the fruits began to fall before 74 ‘. Kaoru Mitoma enabled Takumi Minamino (both entered at 57’), who took a powerful shot that Manuel Neuer contained in the first instance. On the rebound, Ritsu Doan, with only four minutes on the pitch at the Khalifa International Stadium, inflated the nets.
Then, at 83′, Ko Itakura assisted Takuma Asano (he entered at 57′), with a long delivery, and the finish was brilliant: the striker withstood Nico Schlotterbeck’s onslaught, reached the area and defined the upper part from the goal Immediately, the entire squad of the Japan team was intertwined in a fraternal hug, since it is a historic result.
Fixture of Japan in the World Cup Qatar 2022
The Japanese team was located in Group E of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, along with Spain, Costa Rica and Germany.
Wednesday, November 23
FT: Germany 1-2 Japan -Khalifa International Stadium
Sunday November 27 (5:00 am Peruvian time)
– Date 2: Japan vs. Costa Rica – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Thursday December 1 (2:00 pm Peruvian time)
– Date 3: Japan vs. Spain – Khalifa International Stadium
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