In the second massive upset of the World Cup group stage, Japan knocked off powerhouse Germany, 2-1.
Saudia Arabia gave the 2022 World Cup one of the greatest upsets in tournament history on Tuesday, beating Leo Messi and Argentina 2-1. Just over 24 hours later, Japan produced a nearly as shocking result, beating Germany 2-1.
Ilkay Gündogan put Germany up 1-0 in the 33rd minute with a goal off a penalty. But deep in the second-half (75′), Ritsu Doan got the equalizer. Less than 10 minutes later (83′), Takuma Asano put the Blue Samurai ahead with a deep run. Japan was able to hold on through seven minutes of extra time to secure the win and secure the second-most shocking result of the tournament so far, stealing a match for the team that FiveThirtyEight’s prediction model gave the sixth-best chances of winning it all before the tournament started.