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It simply needed to be them, did not it?
It was one other huge shock in Qatar after Saudi Arabia’s shock victory over Argentina on Tuesday.
It noticed Germany’s gamers quietly slip out of the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium at full-time, and Japan’s squad celebrating in entrance of their adoring following.
“It is a dream come true,” profitable goalscorer Takuma Asano advised BBC Radio 5 Reside. “We knew we might do it, we dreamed it.
“We noticed the Saudi sport and thought we might do it – then we did it right this moment.”
Captain and former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida stated: “Massive win, large win. But it surely’s nonetheless exhausting to come back by means of. Despite the fact that it is completely wonderful, we now have to be humble and really cautious.
“We symbolize Asia and lots of Asian supporters are supporting us right this moment. That is the fantastic thing about soccer.”
‘We’re reaching international requirements’
Japan followers had been in good voice earlier than, throughout and after the sport.
On the metro to the stadium, Japan supporter Teck advised BBC Sport that his group would win 2-1. There was no actual conviction in his assertion, however how true he was.
Samurai Blue supporters had been bouncing across the Sport Metropolis cease exterior the bottom, with pockets of followers close to the ‘Extremely Nippon’ flag chanting, chanting and drumming all through the sport.
The German followers had been outnumbered and desperately disenchanted, their actual pleasure coming when Alke Gundogan scored from the penalty spot to make it 1-0 at half-time.
Japan didn’t get a shot on the right track within the opening interval, however accomplished a outstanding turnaround by scoring on two of their three makes an attempt within the second interval.
“It felt like a house sport,” a supporter from close to Nagoya advised BBC Sport afterwards. “We confirmed our true preventing spirit.”
Japan boss Hajime Moriasu, who spoke to his gamers in a huddle on the pitch after the match in a spirited group, additionally praised his gamers’ preventing expertise.
He stated that we’re reaching international requirements. “We’re exhibiting our capacity in Asian soccer. They’ve an ideal goalkeeper however our gamers had been very clever.
“After we conceded a objective, we stored going. It’s important to keep robust, then you possibly can go. Our group fought actually exhausting, we have to keep robust till the final minute after which we took the second. can catch
“Perhaps we are able to present that Japanese gamers are creating their true potential.”
Former England striker Chris Sutton stated on BBC Radio 5 Reside: “What a wierd World Cup, what a wierd sport.
“Within the first half, Japan weren’t in it – Germany had been controlling it. Then immediately Japan confirmed they may play. Then Asano, with an excellent end, put the ball previous Manuel Neuer into the roof of the online. gave
“Japan competed and this group is actually attention-grabbing. Japan have made their mark now and the Germans have work to do. This group is now broad open.”
‘A Historic Second’
5 of Japan’s beginning XI in Germany, in addition to Freiburg’s Ritsu Doan and Bochum’s Asano, who each got here off the bench to attain their targets.
An odd trade might occur if their nation progress to the final 16 and ship the four-time champions residence on the first hurdle for a second World Cup in a row.
This time was to be totally different for Germany.
A bunch stage exit on the World Cup in 2018, shocked by one more Asian opposition in South Korea, was a shot at redemption for Hansi Flick and his males.
However Japan soaked up the strain and conceded simply 26 % possession at hand Germany their first defeat in 26 video games since scoring the opening objective in World Cup matches stretching again to 1994.
Moriasu added: “I imagine it is a historic second and a victory to say the least. If I am desirous about the event of Japanese soccer, we’re creating and gamers are going abroad. .
“We imagine that these leagues have contributed to the caliber of our Japanese gamers, so we’re very grateful and respectful. However whoever the opponent is, we go for the win.”
“Many German folks and lots of fantastic gamers and trainers helped and supported us in Japanese soccer. Japan received right this moment. Nonetheless, Japan desires to proceed to be taught to play from Germany and the world. That’s our imaginative and prescient for the long run. Is.”
With a heavyweight conflict in opposition to Spain subsequent and a round-off in opposition to Costa Rica, Germany have only a 37% likelihood of reaching the following spherical, in line with Stats Opta.
The outcome additionally meant Germany misplaced a World Cup sport after main at half-time for the primary time since June 1978.
A disenchanted Flick stated: “In fact with this defeat and 0 factors we’re underneath strain. There isn’t any query about that.
“We will solely blame ourselves. We’ve to ensure we come out of it and be courageous and decisive.”
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