The Japanese national team overturned its deficit against Germany, the former world champion four times, in the World Cup finals in Qatar, to win with two goals to one in the match that brought them together today at Khalifa International Stadium in Group E in the first round.
In the 16th minute, the German team had a dangerous opportunity to score through Antonio Rudiger after he went up to a corner that ended next to the post, and the German team continued after that with offensive control in exchange for the defensive cohesion of the Japanese team that relied on counter-attacks whenever the opportunity arose, and in the 33rd minute Germany opened the scoring via Gundogan From a penalty kick to be his first goal with Germany in the World Cup.
In the 60th minute, Gundogan hit a powerful ball that hit the post, in return, the Japanese team extended into the area of its German competitor, and its offensive pressure resulted in the equalizer by Ritsu Doan in the 76th minute, who hit a powerful ball returning from Neuer, and in the 83rd minute Japan turned the scales and advanced. With another goal, Takuma Asano scored from a strong follow-up, and the German attacks continued, looking for an adjustment, but they did not bear fruit, and the match ended with Japan winning 2-1.
Spain will meet Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium later today, also in Group E.
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