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Germany stunned by Japanese comeback

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Doha. Japan stunned Germany 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Wednesday, punishing the four-time champions for not taking their chances after they dominated the first half. The German team covered their mouths for the team photo before the match in a powerful protest against FIFA’s decision to ban rainbow-themed armbands. Germany came to Qatar under huge pressure to avoid the disaster of 2018, when they failed to make it out of the group stage in Russia as World Cup holders. Hansi Flick’s side took the lead through a first-half penalty from Ilkay Gundogan and should have been out of sight after…

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