The reason Japan defeated Germany 2-1 in today’s World Cup match in Qatar, according to coach Hajime Moriyasu, was that his players were very educated and constantly played effectively against Hansi Flick’s team.
During the game, IIkay Gundogan did score a penalty for Germany.
Moriyasu said the following during the press conference he held following the game:
I believe it’s a historic moment. It is a big surprise, and we are now reaching the global standard.
“We saw Saudi Arabia with a surprise win [beating Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday], so we’re showing our capability of Asian football.
“From the start, we decided to be aggressive; however, Germany’s aggression was higher.
This was no surprise for us. They’ve a wonderful goalkeeper, Mr [Manuel] Neuer. However, our squad were very intelligent, they were smart and played well persistently. They fought really hard.