World Cup 2022: Germany 1-2 Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu hails 'historic victory'

By Rek Hanibal Published on November 24, 2022
World Cup 2022: Germany 1-2 Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu hails 'historic victory'

Football has a funny way of bringing up narratives, and two Japanese players who play their club football in Germany  conspired to score the goals that defeated the Europeans 2-1 at the World Cup.

After Saudi Arabia's seismic victory over Argentina on Tuesday, this was another huge shock in Qatar.

It left Germany's players silently slipping away from Khalifa International Stadium at full-time, and the Japan squad celebrating in front of their ecstatic following.

"It is a dream come true," winning goalscorer Takuma Asano. "We knew we could do it, we had a dream like this.

"We watched the Saudi game and thought we can do it - then we just did it today."

Skipper and former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida said: "Big win, massive win. But it is still tough to go through. It is absolutely amazing though, we have to be humble and very careful. 

"We present Asia and many supporters from Asia supporting us today. This is the beauty of football."

Rek Hanibal

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