Japan stuns Germany with late strikes in World Cup opener

Late goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano gave Japan an incredible 2-1 return win over Germany at the World Cup on Wednesday, another emotional gift for Asian football after Saudi Arabia’s shock victory over Argentina.

The four-time German champions were counting on a routine victory thanks to Ilkay Gündoğan’s first-half penalty, but paid a fatal price for extravagance in front of the net.

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