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World Cup in pictures: Japan beats Germany

Samurai Blue’s historic win in opening match

KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei Asia photo editor | Japan

DOHA -- Japan, ranked 24th in the world, defeated Germany, ranked 11th, 2-1 at the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday. Japan conceded a penalty kick in the first half but turned the tables in the second half with goals by Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano.

Antonio Ruediger of Germany jumps as Takuma Asano of Japan runs.   © Kyodo
Japan's Ritsu Doan scores their first goal.   © Reuters
Gonda saves a goal. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)
Asano scores Japan's second goal past Manuel Neuer of Germany. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)
Neuer goes forward for a corner kick. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)
Asano celebrates after the match.   © Reuters
Japan's players celebrate after winning.   © AP
Fans of the Japanese team celebrate. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)
People gather in Tokyo's Shibuya area in the early hours of Nov. 24 to celebrate Japan's 2-1 victory over Germany.   © Kyodo

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