Qatar 2022: Wild Scenes in Tokyo As Japan Floored Germany in Stunning Comeback Victory

Qatar 2022: Wild Scenes in Tokyo As Japan Floored Germany in Stunning Comeback Victory

  • Japan began their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign on a high after shocking Germany with a 2-1 comeback victory
  • Takuma Asano's 83rd-minute winner stunned four-time world championsin their opening match of the 2022 World Cup
  • A win for the Samurai Blue against Costa Rica on November 27 will all but confirm their berth in the round-of-16 stage

The city of Shibuya in Tokyo was overwhelmed by excited supporters of Japan, as they sealed a historic victory against Germany.

For the second consecutive time, four-time world champions Die Mannschaft commenced the World Cup on a stuttering note, after suffering a similar fate against Mexico in Russia in 2018.

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Supporters of Japan in Shibuya, Tokyo took to the streets to celebrate wildly following their historic victory against Germany. Photo credit: @goal @ss_1_kk
Source: Twitter

Late goals by super-subs Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano gave Japan an incredible 2-1 comeback victory over the Germans in their 2022 World Cup opener, Al Jazeera reports.

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The stunning outcome of Japan's curtain-raiser sent the streets of Shibuya, Tokyo into a state of pandemonium.

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In a video posted on social media, seen by Sports Brief, fans of Japan rushed onto the streets after the referee blew his whistle for the end of the encounter.

Numbering hundreds, the supporters could not hide their joy as they witnessed a historic moment unfold before their eyes.

Below is the video:

Japan seal historic win

Japan stunned Germany 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Wednesday, punishing the four-time champions for not taking their chances, Sports Brief also reported.

The German team covered their mouths for the team photo before the match, in a powerful protest against FIFA's decision to ban rainbow-themed armbands.

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Hansi Flick's team came to Qatar under huge pressure to avoid the disaster of 2018, when they failed to make it out of the group stage in Russia as defending champion.

Fans react after Japan victory

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Japan took a leaf from the book of Saudi Arabia to shock the four-time worl champions on November 23 at the Khalifa International Stadium.

A spirited second-half display from the Asian powerhouse turned the game on its head, after going down to an Ilkay Gundogan in the first 45.

Solitary strikes from substitutes Doan and Asano ensured the Samurai Blue got their World Cup off to a winning star.