Japan took a shocking 2-1 lead over Germany late in the second half of their World Cup match on Wednesday, a game that began with a protest by Germany’s entire starting lineup over armband.
Takuma Asano picked up a long ball in the 84th minute, and all by himself in the German box deked a defender and slotted home a shot from close range.
Ritsu Doan had poked in a loose ball to bring Japan level at 1-1, with 75 minutes played.
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Takumi Minamino sent in a wicked cross that German keeper, Manuel Neuer, parried. But Doan was in the right place and easily scored. Both Minamino and Doan had just been subbed into the game.
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Earlier, a penalty kick by Ilkay Gündogan had given Germany a 1-0 after Japan goalkeeper, Shuichi Gonda, brought down David Raum, leading to Gündogan’s penalty in the 33rd minute.