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Japan wins against Germany 2-1 in World Cup 2022

DOHA: In a place brimming with painful memories and etched with footballing scars, there were no more tears.
Instead, it was sheer delight.
Japan notched a stunning upset in a World Cup of upsets as they came from behind to beat giants Germany 2-1 on Wednesday (Nov 23).
A first-half penalty from Ilkay Gundogan put the Germans ahead, before Japan substitute Ritsu Doan slammed home and Takuma Asano's late strike gave the Samurai Blue the victory.
Almost three decades ago, Japan came within seconds of qualifying for their first World Cup, only to concede a stoppage-time equaliser to Iraq which sent South Korea through instead. Head coach Hajime Moriyasu was part of that team.
"I want to achieve our goals here in Doha, this time as a manager, and turn it into the 'Joy of Doha'," he said at the World Cup draw in April.
And if his side play as they did on Wednesday, they could well do so.

GERMANY MAKE A STATEMENT​

Prior to the opening whistle, Hansi Flick’s men placed their hands over their mouths during a team photo.
All Germany players took part in the gesture in front of photographers on the pitch, after world soccer body FIFA had threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore the “OneLove” armband.
“We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we hold in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard,” said the team’s official English twitter account.
“It wasn’t about making a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. That should be taken for granted, but it still isn’t the case. That’s why this message is so important to us. Denying us the armband is the same as denying us a voice. We stand by our position.”
In front of a crowd of about 42,000, Japan kept their shape and continued to frustrate their higher-ranked opponents in the early exchanges. The Germans are ranked eleventh in the world, while Moriyasu’s men sit 13 spots below.
As the team’s main supporter group, the “Ultra’ Nippon” hammered the drums and found one voice, it was Daizen Maeda who would put the ball in the back of the net in the eighth minute. However, the Celtic man was offside.
Germany’s first chance came in the 16th minute as Real Madrid’s Antonio Rudiger’s header dropped just wide of Shuichi Gonda’s near post.
A combination of spirited defending and solid goalkeeping continued to keep the Germans out but the resistance would end in the 31st minute when Gonda brought down David Raum.
Gundogan stepped up to tuck home the spot kick, as Japan’s supporters were stunned into silence.
And as Japan struggled to find attacking impetus, Jamal Musiala came close to doubling Germany’s lead just before halftimes he cut inside a defender but could only fire high and wide.
Musiala was once again at the centre of all things good for Germany and he was part of a slick move that saw Kai Havertz tap home, only for the goal to be belatedly ruled offside.

A STUNNING WINNER​

As the Japanese fans continued in their vociferous form, Germany would mount a quick counter attack in the 46th minute. But Serge Gnabry’s shot would clip the outside of the crossbar.
Off a wasted Japan corner, Musiala would then weave his way into the box and bamboozle a number of Japanese defenders. But they would breathe a sigh of relief as his shot was wayward.
Moriyasu threw caution to the wind and two substitutes on as Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma and Vfl Bochum’s Takuma Asano. But it was Germany who came close again as a Gundogan effort rebounded off the post with Gonda beaten.
A swift Japanese counter-attack would next see Mitoma play Asano in on the right, but his shot was poor.
Gonda kept his team in the game will a brilliant double save in the 70th minute, as he pushed away a Gnabry header, before throwing his body at the follow-up.
The biggest save of the game looked to have been from German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who thrust a strong hand at an Asano shot which looked destined to go in, before the rebound was blazed over.
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Japan's Takuma Asano, right, scores is side second goal during the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) …see more
But Japan continued to push and Doan would send the Japanese fans into utter delirium and the ball into the back of the net in the 75th minute.
Then the stadium roared even louder minutes later as Asano controlled the ball superbly on the right and hammered a shot past Neuer.
As the Japanese squad sprinted to celebrate on the sidelines, Flick looked flummoxed.
Japan will next face Costa Rica on Sunday, while Germany will take on Spain.
Moriyasu had said before the tournament that the goal for Japan was to get beyond the last 16.
With this result against the Germans, his side are now one step closer to doing just that.
Holy crap, first Saudi Arabia victory against Argentina, now the Japanese have beaten Germany.

Asian football can no longer be considered inferior against S. American and European football.
 

tower9

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Recently, China imported a lot of football players from South America. Provide them with green cards, money, and women. Encourage them to marry Chinese women and have many mixed children. The same goes for other sports fields.

China is trying to improve the country's sporting record. In the coming time, China will win more gold medals.
That’s honestly quite pathetic. Why can’t it just produce winners like kr jp

It's not an excuse. China has only 8,000 registered football players. Japan has 500,000. Even Vietnam has 50,000

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That just shows how unbalanced and autistic Chinese society is. Way too focused on nerdy shit with no emphasis on athletic skills or social skills.
 

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China has 1.4 billion people. Japan and Korea with far less people and a similarly competitive society are sending teams to the World Cup. Don’t make excuses about being nerds and dorks with no athletic skills. It’s nothing to be proud of.

China women team is world class team
 

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That just shows how unbalanced and autistic Chinese society is. Way too focused on nerdy shit with no emphasis on athletic skills or social skills.
On the contary. It shows China is a fair and progressing society. If China has millions of people living in slums, it would have a much better football team.

By the way, Japan made progress in football after it adopted "happy education" mode.
 

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On the contary. It shows China is a fair and progressing society. If China has millions of people living in slums, it would have a much better football team.

By the way, Japan made progress in football after it adopted "happy education" mode.
Holy shit the amount of COPE here. Ok Don Quixote, China sucks in soccer cuz it’s such a just and fair society lmao

China women team is world class team
No one gives a **** about womens sports. Only China does cuz it’s mens team sucks ***. Lmao
 

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South American countries have better football records than China. Except for football and some sports fields, the rest is garbage
Football(male) is unlike any other sports. It is most common sport in the world. Which means tradtional training way for other sports can not guarantee good result.
 

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Congratulations japan!

On behalf of your victory, I'm going to go watch some Speed Racer.
 

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China doesn't have a good and consistent coach yet, that's the biggest issue.
Vietnam football starts to get its shit together when we hire Mr. Park.
 

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Congratulations to Japan and Saudi Arabia for their underdog wins.

This reminds me, why does China’s soccer team suck *** even though China has 1.4 billion and a lot of money?
If you only want to know the superficial reason, the answer is: because the youth training system of Chinese football is very poor.

China has a population of 1.4 billion, but there are only 8000 professional football players in China. Let's compare, Vietnam has 50000 professional football players.



If you want to know the deep reason, the answer is: the Chinese government is betting on STEM profession and manufacturing.

The Chinese government does not want the education system to favor entertainment and sports. All football association officials who want to touch the field of youth education will be dismissed.
 

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Germany national team now seen as clown. Early they protest against Qatar in support for diversity. Now as a loser, they become a joker.


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Japanese fans impress the world by cleaning up the stadium after the march, Qatari fans were very surprised and even joined in the cleaning:

I hope every fans act like this everywhere, no more trash.
 

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Football is a total waste of money and resources in China. I'd love to China disband the national football team,their existence is all but pointless

That’s honestly quite pathetic. Why can’t it just produce winners like kr jp


That just shows how unbalanced and autistic Chinese society is. Way too focused on nerdy shit with no emphasis on athletic skills or social skills.
 

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Imagine how many people bet A LOT of money on good teams....and end up losing it.

Argentina-Saudi Arabia,Germany-Japan,Morocco-Croatia...
 

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Nah. I think Chinese sucks at football because China has a fair and universal compulsory education system. The results are: 1,Chinese parents see gaining high score in Gaokao as the safest way to have a good future for their kids. 2, Fair and univeral education lead to intense competition between all kids. They don't have much time to spend on sports. And Chinese parents don't encourage their kids to engage in sports unless they don't believe their kids can compete with others in Gaokao.

China has 1.4 billion people. Japan and Korea with far less people and a similarly competitive society are sending teams to the World Cup. Don’t make excuses about being nerds and dorks with no athletic skills. It’s nothing to be proud of.

Massive copium inhaled by @kankan326 as always.

Covid lockdowns: "Giving up zero Covid policy is the easiest thing for a government. Chinese government choosing hard mode is another example of good governance."

Poor football performance: "Chinese sucks at football because China has a fair and universal compulsory education system. ... If China has millions of people living in slums, it would have a much better football team."

And many more I'm lazy to dig. He really reminds me of the story of Ah Q. All sorts of mental gymnastics exercised to rationalize any failure faced and turned it into a psychological triumph. Or what the Chinese say nowadays, 意淫.

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He will sing a different tune if China's football is as great as their table tennis.

Holy shit the amount of COPE here. Ok Don Quixote, China sucks in soccer cuz it’s such a just and fair society lmao

Exactly lmao.
 

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