Japan stuns protesting Germany with ‘cruelly disappointing’ comeback victory

Key points
  • Germany’s players covered their mouths in support of diversity and tolerance.
  • German Interior Minister Nancy Faezer wore an armband as she chatted with the football administrator.
Late goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano gave Japan an incredible 2-1 comeback victory over Germany. on Wednesday.
The four-time champions hoped victory would come from Ilkay Gündoğan’s penalty, but they paid a fatal price for missed chances.

The shocking result was a repeat of their 2018 World Cup nightmare when, as defending champions, they lost their opening match to Mexico and were doomed to elimination from the group stage after another loss to South Korea.

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Japan celebrates Takuma Asano’s goal during the World Cup Group E football match between Germany and Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Source: AARP / AP

“It’s a huge disappointment and disappointment,” said Germany captain Manuel Neuer.

“We have made the opponent strong. The last wish played a decisive role. Japan believed they could win, and we thought we could keep the lead.”

“Time to dance”

Coach Hansi Flick said: “This is a severe disappointment. We are annoyed that we lost the game because we had chances. We must look ahead. We have a chance to score six points.”
“I think this is a historic moment, a historic victory,” said Japanese manager Hajime Moriyasu.

Japanese Maya Yoshida said: “This is the beauty of football, sometimes it happens! Now all the attention is on our side, it’s time to dance.”

Ahead of the game against Japan, German players lined up for a pre-match photo with their hands over their mouths as the dispute over FIFA’s threat of sanctions over the “OneLove” armband continued.

All German players took part in the gesture in front of dozens of photographers on the pitch before the start of a match after world football organization FIFA threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore an armband symbolizing diversity and tolerance.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faezer, seated next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the stands, wore an armband as she chatted with the football administrator.
She previously criticized FIFA, saying that the threat of sanctions was a mistake and unacceptable behavior.

“It’s not normal for federations to come under pressure,” Ms Faezer said while attending a German football association event in Doha before the game.

“In today’s time, it is incomprehensible that FIFA does not want people to openly speak out for tolerance and against discrimination. It doesn’t fit in with our times and it doesn’t fit with people.”

The German Football Association (DFB) said in a statement: “We wanted to use our captaincy to stand up for the values ​​we share in the German national team: diversity and mutual respect. Together with other countries, we wanted our voice to be heard

“It was not a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. This should be taken for granted, but it is still not the case. That’s why this message is so important to us. Removing the armband is the same as taking away our right to vote. We stand our ground.”

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