Gundogan’s goal not enough as Germany lose to Japan

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Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty wasn’t enough as a second-half Japan comeback consigned Germany to a 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener.

Gundogan scored a 33rd minute penalty to give Germany the lead after David Raum was felled by Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda just after the half hour mark.

Gundogan had a chance to double Germany’s lead, hitting the post shortly after the break before his eventual substitution in the 67th minute.

Japan equalised in the 75th minute 75th minute through Freiburg winger Doan before VfL Bochum forward Asano scored the winner for Japan in the 83rd minute.

Gundogan’s Germany side are next in action on Sunday, when they face a Spain squad that includes City men Aymeric Laporte and Rodrigo.

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