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World Cup: Japan fight back to stun Germany



Japan came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in a thrilling group clash at the 2022 FIFA World Cup holding in Qatar.

Japan caused the Khalifa International Stadium to erupt into a mix of celebration and surprise in the final minutes of the game with two late goals.

It was Germany who dominated the game for large spells but failed to capitalise on their pressure.

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Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had given Germany the lead from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute as the Germans kept seeking to double up.

But substitute Ritsu Doan equalized in the 75th minute before substitute Takuma Asano squeezed in a thumping strike from a tight angle to make it 2-1 just seven minutes to time.

Germany, who finished bottom of their group in Russia in 2018, will face Spain in their next Group E game on Sunday, then a final group game against Costa Rica.

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