Doha, Qatar – After Takuma Asano scored Japan’s moment objective towards Germany of their International Cup opener, there used to be a short lived second of silence within Khalifa World Stadium.
The surprised German enthusiasts may now not consider what had simply took place. The affected person Jap have been ready to peer if an offside can be known as.
Then, after the objective stood, it used to be bedlam.
“I used to be leaping. I used to be screaming. I fell and harm myself, however I don’t care,” Kayde, a 13-year-old Jap fan, advised Al Jazeera outdoor the stadium after the fit ended.
Japan got here from a objective down to overcome Germany 2-1 within the first recreation of Staff E in Doha on Wednesday, following within the footsteps of Saudi Arabia’s surprise win over Argentina with the similar scoreline on Tuesday.
Germany had taken the lead within the thirty third minute when İlkay Gündoğan netted a penalty to cap a dominant efficiency. However they then did not convert a number of possibilities and have been made to pay by way of two second-half objectives within the house of 8 mins from Ritsu Doan (75′) and Asano (83′).
Kayde and his father Takashi flew into Qatar from the USA to fortify the nationwide group in their nation of start.
“It used to be incredible. When Japan scored the primary objective, we have been frightened since the Germans all the time come again more potent – however they didn’t,” mentioned Takashi.
His nervousness didn’t finish there. “When added time used to be proven at the display, I set a timer on my telephone and saved looking at it till the referee blew his whistle.”
Any other Japan fan, Knichi, who has travelled to Qatar on his personal, mentioned he wanted a second to absorb what had simply took place.
“Possibly I will be able to pass to the FIFA Fan Pageant and to find some Jap enthusiasts to have fun with, however I desire a breather. My middle goes up and down,” he mentioned, his arms shifting in a wave.
Japan made its International Cup debut in 1998 however used to be not able to head previous the primary spherical. It crossed that hurdle when it co-hosted the match with South Korea in 2002, and on the other hand in 2010 and 2018.
The overriding feeling a number of the enthusiasts of the Blue Samurai used to be that of disbelief, and Knichi mentioned the win towards the 2014 international champions will pass down as Japan’s very best within the match’s historical past.
“In the event you requested me for a prediction prior to the fit, I’d have mentioned Japan will lose. At very best, a draw. A win? Now not taking place.”
A public vacation?
Kosuke, some other Jap, mentioned his compatriots again house can be up all night time.
“They are going to be gazing, partying after which looking ahead to day after today to be introduced as a time without work, similar to Saudi Arabia,” he mentioned in a nod to the Saudi executive’s choice to claim Wednesday a public vacation after their dissatisfied win over Argentina.
The Jap enthusiasts who travelled to Qatar from their house nation and different portions of the sector were given their cash’s price on Wednesday, and now can’t look ahead to Japan’s subsequent recreation towards Costa Rica on Sunday.
Germany, in the meantime, will face Spain, who afterward Wednesday thumped Costa Rica 7-0.
The defeat to Japan introduced painful flashbacks in their closing International Cup marketing campaign 4 years in the past in Russia, when they didn’t make it previous the primary spherical.
“The whole thing that might pass unsuitable, went unsuitable for us,” Thomas, a German fan, advised Al Jazeera, as extra of his fellow enthusiasts trudged off in silence with drooped shoulders and flags folded away.