Germany v Japan LIVE - Qatar World Cup 2022 updates as Japan come back from behind to stun Germany
World Cup / Group Stage
Khalifa International Stadium / 23.11.2022
MATCH REPORT - GERMANY SUFFER SHOCK DEFEAT TO JAPAN
Seismic shock as Japan fight back to stun Germany
End of 2nd Half
Japan have done it! They've beaten Germany 2-1 in their opening game! A phenomenal second-half display earns them a precious three points in Group E as Germany suffer a second successive World Cup opening defeat.
NEUER IS UP FOR GERMANY
Kimmich delivers a free-kick into the danger zone and Neuer comes close to reaching it with his head, but it falls to Niklas Sule's feet at the back post who can't sort his feet out quick enough and sees his stabbed effort go behind for a corner.
GORETZKA COMES CLOSE TO AN EQULISER!
He meets the ball on the edge of the box and guides it a whisker wide of the post! Was that the chance?
RUDIGER SHOOTS FROM RANGE BUT GETS IT ALL WRONG
Japan will take that all day long. Germany are desperately trying to salvage an equaliser but Japan are holding firm.
INTO ADDED TIME
There will be seven minutes to be played at the end of the first half.
JAPAN MAKE A CHANGE
JAPAN LEAD WITH FIVE MINUTES TO GO
It all comes from one ball over the top from centre-back Ko Itakura. Asano brings the ball down superbly before driving toward the goal and beating Neuer at the near post. Germany are on their way to an opening day defeat for a second successive World Cup!
GOAL! GERMANY 1-2 JAPAN (ASANO)
WOW! Asano scores from the tightest of angles to put Japan ahead!
SUBSTITUTE DELIGHT FOR JAPAN!
Neuer pulls off another fabulous save to deny Takumi Minamino from a tight angle, who was brought on as a sub one minute earlier, but can only push the ball into the path of fellow substitute Ritsu Doan, who can make no mistake from close-range and fires the ball into an empty net to level the scores.
GOAL! GERMANY 1-1 JAPAN (DOAN)
The Freiberg man equalises for Japan! We're all level at the Khalifa International Stadium!
UNBELIEVABLE SAVE FROM NEUER!
The 36-year-old pulls out an unbelievable stop to deny Ito!
GONDA PRODUCES A FANTASTIC DOUBLE SAVE!
He actually makes four stops during a spell of brilliant football by the Germans. He denies Gnabry once before stopping the Bayern Munich man twice more at the back post to keep the deficit down to one.
GORETZKA REPLACES THE GOALSCORER
DOUBLE CHANGE FOR GERMANY
RUDIGER SHOWCASES SPEED TO SHUT OUT ITO
Ito tries to get the better of the defender on the outside, but once again Rudiger matches his pace to guard the ball as it trickles behind for a goal kick.
GUNDOGAN OFF THE POST!
Germany come so close to doubling their lead! Gundogan looks to slot an effort low to Gonda's left from the edge of the box, but the ball hits the foot of the post before going wide.
MUSIALA COMES CLOSE TO A SECOND FOR GERMANY
ASANO ALSO INTRODUCED
DOUBLE CHANGE FOR JAPAN