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Japan's World Cup win over Germany turns page on unhappy history

Shock 1993 tie with Iraq in Doha cost team first trip to World Cup then

The Japanese team celebrates its surprise victory over Germany in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- For decades, Qatar's capital, Doha, has been etched in the minds of Japanese soccer fans as the site of a shocking tie with Iraq that cost a high-flying Japanese team a trip to the World Cup.

But on Wednesday, Hajime Moriyasu, a starter on that squad, coached the national team to a surprise 2-1 victory over Germany.

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