Japan's fans also won the hearts of the people, and cleaned the stadium after Germany's defeat; Videos
Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored goals as Japan came from behind to win 2-1 against Germany in yet another World Cup upset on Wednesday. After this victory, not only the players of Japan but also the fans who came to watch the match are being praised, who were seen cleaning the stadium after the match.
A video has been shared by FIFA on the official social media site Twitter, in which Japanese fans after the match were seen cleaning the part of the stadium where the spectators are seated. During this, the Japanese fans picked up cold drinks, cakes, etc., thrown by people around the seats. Sharing the video of Japanese fans cleaning the stadium, FIFA wrote, "Cleaning up after one of their biggest FIFA World Cup victories, huge respect for these Japanese fans."
Notably, Ilkay Gundogan had given four-time champions Germany the lead with a penalty in the first half. Japan, however, stunned the formidable European team by scoring two goals in seven minutes in the second half. Takumi Minamino's kick in the 76th minute was blocked by veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer but Doan, who plays for Team Freiburg in Germany's domestic league, converted it into a goal and the Japanese audience in the stadium began to dance.
Asano then gave Japan the lead in the 83rd minute with excellent ball control and a superb angle to beat Neuer. Asano's goal stunned the German players, coaches, and fans in the stadium. This was the first competitive match between the two teams. This is only the third time that the German team has lost its opening match of the World Cup. Earlier in 1982 against Algeria and in 2018 against Mexico, he had lost the opening match of the World Cup.
In the opening matches of the World Cup, Germany has won 13 matches while four matches have ended in a draw. Germany dominated the match with 24 attempts on goal compared to Japan's 11, but the Asian team's goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda made several excellent saves. Germany next faces Spain on Sunday, while Japan faces Costa Rica.