Asian football’s great moment continues as Japan upset Germany at the World Cup

Asian football’s great moment continued at the World Cup after Japan sealed a surprise victory over Germany with a tremendous second-half comeback.

The Samurai Blue’s 2-1 win came two days after Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina by the same score.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: The Japan substitute scores the winning goal against Germany.

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Germany were in complete control, leading 1-0 at half-time – and still dominating possession up to full-time – but tactical changes and substitutions by Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu worked wonders.

Ritsu Doan equalized in the 75th minute before Takuma Asano scored the winner eight minutes later.

The victory was particularly sweet for the two goal scorers, both of whom practice their trade with German Bundesliga clubs.

Doan had come on just four minutes before his goal, while Asano came on in a double substitution in the 57th minute as the Japanese tried to revive their pressing game.

GAME CENTER: Relive all the stats and up-to-the-minute commentary from Japan’s surprise victory

Japan’s Germany-based stars scored in a 2-0 win over the World Cup star. Recognition: Getty

There’s more to come… Asian football’s great moment continues as Japan upset Germany at the World Cup

James Brien

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