Japan beat Germany

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Germany, the team that has played the most finals in World Cup history, faced Japan in the first match of the 2022 World Cup Group E

In the first half of the match played at the International Khalifa Stadium, Germany took the lead with a penalty goal scored by İlkay Gündoğan and led 1-0 at half-time. Japan, who played a more superior game in the second half, found the goal they were looking for in the 75th minute with Ritsu Doan and the match was equalized. Japan increased its pressure after this minute and took a 2-1 lead with Takuma Asano in the 83rd minute. Even though Germany looked for a draw in the remaining minutes, Japan closed its goal.

Germany, the favorite in the World Cup, was defeated 2-1 in its first match.

Germany will face Spain in their second match in the group on Sunday, November 27. Japan will play Costa Rica on the same day.

Ilkay scored his 17th goal for the national team.


Germany: Neuer, Süle, Rüdiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum, Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Gnarby, Müller, Musiala, Havertz.

Japan: Gonda, Nagatomo, Yoshida, Sakai, It




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