Simply wait, thought Ritsu Doan. Simply wait.
The Japan midfielder, who performs for German staff Freiburg, needed to grit his enamel when he heard folks saying his staff can be a straightforward opponent for Germany on the World Cup.
“I listened to their talks with a pretend smile on my face and in my coronary heart,” the 24-year-old Doan stated Thursday after sparking a outstanding comeback and arguably the most important lead to Japan’s World Cup historical past the night time earlier than.
After getting into within the 71st minute, Doan solely wanted 4 minutes to cancel Ilkay Gündogan’s first-half penalty with the equalizer, then he watched as fellow substitute Takuma Asano bagged the winner within the 83rd for Japan’s 2-1 win.
“I believed it was the best factor I might do as a person to close them up by profitable, so I’m glad I received and so might do this,” Doan stated.
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The shock win over the four-time champion set off wild celebrations from the sizeable contingent of Japanese followers on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium and prompted outpourings of pleasure from followers watching the objectives on massive screens at dwelling.
“I believe that the entire of Japan was very excited,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated. “I used to be capable of watch the sport on TV and it was an awesome victory.”
Kishida paid tribute to the “staff energy, particular person energy and the path of the coach.”
Japan ahead Daizen Maeda stated it was “the happiest second I’ve ever had in my soccer profession.”
Whereas Japan celebrated what coach Hajime Moriyasu known as a “a historic second, a historic victory” instantly after the sport, the previous midfielder struck a extra cautious word the subsequent day as he tried to refocus the aspect for the subsequent match in opposition to Costa Rica on Sunday.
“I maintain saying that we shouldn’t be too completely satisfied or unhappy concerning the outcomes,” the coach stated Thursday. “The outcome in opposition to Germany is already prior to now, so we’ll do our greatest to arrange ourselves to win the subsequent match. We’ll do what we have now all the time been doing and be prepared for the subsequent recreation.”
Costa Rica’s marketing campaign on the World Cup began with a 7-0 thrashing from Spain.
Japan can theoretically even ebook its place within the second spherical with a win on Sunday, relying on a favor from Spain in opposition to Germany.
Japan is taking part in in its seventh straight World Cup and Moriyasu beforehand stated the staff’s purpose is to achieve the quarterfinals for the primary time.
Even Doan has toned down his pleasure as he appears ahead to the challenges forward.
“We haven’t modified historical past but, however I believe it was a historic match, so I celebrated with all my teammates yesterday,” Doan stated. “However from at present, I actually modified my thoughts and am getting ready for the Costa Rica recreation, so I will likely be cautious to not be big-headed.”
Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo obtained a flood of calls and emails from family and friends after the sport.
“So I actually really feel that this was a historic victory,” Nagatomo stated. “I will likely be completely satisfied if this may assist brighten up soccer once more and enhance the recognition of the game. We’ve solely received one recreation, so I need to give attention to the subsequent recreation.”
No matter occurs for the remainder of the match, Nagatomo stated the win over Germany was “among the finest experiences in my soccer profession.”