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Players for Japan celebrate their 2-1 victory over Germany in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 23.   © Getty Images

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.

The Japanese team poses for a photo before its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match against Germany at Khalifa International Stadium on Nov. 23.   © Getty Images
Germany's players hold their hands over their mouths during a team photo ahead of their game against Japan as the dispute over FIFA's threat of sanctions over the "One Love" armband continued. All of the team's players took part in the gesture in front of dozens of photographers after the world soccer body threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore the armband symbolizing diversity and tolerance.   © Getty Images
Japanese fans at Khalifa International Stadium.   © Getty Images
David Raum of Germany goes up for a header with Hiroki Sakai of Japan.   © Getty Images
Ilkay Guendogan of Germany scores the team's first goal via a penalty past Shuichi Gonda of Japan.   © Getty Images
Antonio Ruediger of Germany jumps as Takuma Asano of Japan runs.   © Kyodo
Japan's Ritsu Doan scores their first goal.   © Reuters
Doan celebrates scoring his side's first goal with head coach Hajime Moriyasu.   © Getty Images
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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