Los Angeles Times

Japan scores ‘historic victory’ over Germany

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Another World Cup day, another World Cup shock.

Substitute­s Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals Wednesday as Japan came from behind to upset Germany 2-1.

Both Doan and Asano play for German top-division clubs.

“I believe it’s a historic moment, a historic victory. If I think about the developmen­t of Japanese soccer, thinking of players, for them this was a big surprise,” Japan coach Hajime

Moriyasu said.

Ilkay Gundogan had given four-time champion Germany the lead with a firsthalf penalty kick. But Doan, who plays for Freiburg, pounced on a rebound to equalize in the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot from Takumi Minamino.

Then Asano, who plays for Bochum, sprinted clear of Nico Schlotterb­eck and beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd minute of the first competitiv­e meeting between the two nations.

“It’s brutally disappoint­ing, not only for the players, but also the coaching team,” Germany coach Hansi Flick said.

Belgium 1, Canada 0:

Thibaut Courtois saved an early penalty by Canada’s Alphoso Davies, and Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal for Belgium, spoiling the North American team’s return to the tournament after 36 years.

The Canadians have yet to collect a point or even score a goal in four World Cup matches, which includes the three games from their debut in 1986.

Spain 7, Costa Rica 0:

Spain’s young squad got off to a high-flying start with Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres scoring a goal each in the first 31 minutes. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata added to the lead in the second half. It was the first time Spain has scored seven goals in a World Cup match.

Morocco 0, Croatia 0:

Morocco managed to stifle Luka Modric, who won the best player award at the last World Cup when he led his country to the final before losing to France.

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