Japan pull off a shock win over Germany at the men’s World Cup

Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals to give Japan a 2-1 World Cup victory over Germany on Tuesday.

Ilkay Gundogan led four-time champion Germany with a penalty in the first half. However, Doan, who plays for Germany’s “Freiburg” team, equalized the score in the 76th minute after German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved Takumi Minamino’s shot.

Later, Asano, who played in the German “Bohum” team, beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd minute ahead of Nico Schlotterbeck.

It was the first competitive meeting between the two countries.

Before the game, Germany players kept their mouths shut during a team photo and publicly rebuked FIFA after it decided to suspend plans to wear armbands in protest against discrimination in host country Qatar.

More to come.