Takuma Asano turned hero as Japan notched one of the biggest shocks in FIFA World Cup 2022. It defeated Germany 2-1 in its group E opener in World Cup. This happened for the first time since 1994 when Germany lost the World Cup match after scoring the opener. 

Meanwhile, Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening match of the tournament on Wednesday. The 2010 winners Spain registered their biggest-ever win at a World Cup. Gavi became the youngest goal-scorer for Spain at World Cup.

    

FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan shock Germany, hand former world champions 1-2 defeat

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Takuma Asano turned hero as Japan notched one of the biggest shocks in FIFA World Cup 2022 with a 2-1 win over Germany.

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The Germans had dominated the contest at the Khalifa International Stadium and took the lead with a 33rd-minute penalty from Ilkay Guendogan after Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda had fouled wing-back, David Raum.

However, the second goal never came for Germany despite being the better side in the first half, and Japan's incursions into the German half became more frequent, culminating in Ritsu Doan's equaliser and a brilliant finish from Takuma Asano eight minutes later.

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Meanwhile, Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening match of the tournament on Wednesday. The 2010 winners Spain registered their biggest-ever win at a World Cup. Gavi became the youngest goal-scorer for Spain at World Cup.