AL RAYYAN, November 23. /TASS/. Japan’s national football team defeated the national squad of Germany 2-1 in their group stage encounter on Wednesday at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The match was played at the Khalifa International Stadium in the city of Al Rayyan with a reported attendance of over 42,600 spectators.
The goals were scored by Japan’s Ritsu Doan (in the 75th minute of the match) and Takuma Asano (in the 83rd minute of the match).
Germany’s midfielder Ilkay Guendogan scored the lone goal for his team during the match, netting a ball on a penalty kick in the 33rd-minute of the game.
This was Japan’s first ever win over Germany. The two teams previously clashed on two separate occasions, namely in 2004, with Germany winning 3-0, and in 2006, when both teams enjoyed a 2-2 draw.
Japan and Germany play in Group E alongside Spain and Costa Rica, which are scheduled to play against each other later today.
2022 FIFA World Cup
Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 20 and December 18 at eight stadiums in five cities across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Al Rayyan.
The eight host stadiums are: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium.
The coveted World Cup Trophy will be hoisted by one of 32 teams divided into eight groups. The group stage matches run across numerous fields in Qatar between November 20 and December 2 with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoffs.
Qatar won the right to host matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010. The championship kicked off last Sunday with a picturesque ceremony and the subsequent opening match between host Qatar and Ecuador, which ended 2-0 in favor of Ecuador.
In March 2015, FIFA officially announced that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would be played in November and December of 2022, with the final match set for December 18, 2022, coinciding with - Qatar National Day. The objective, in principle, was to hold the tournament over 28 days.
The previous FIFA World Cup was hosted by Russia in 2018. The championship took place at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia, namely in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
On July 15, 2018, during an official ceremony in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed the baton for the FIFA World Cup’s host country to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.