Japan shock Spain in controversial style to send Germany tumbling out | World Cup 2022

Not content with one jaw-dropping shock, beating Germany in their first game, Japan managed a second in feverish conditions here to beat a multitalented Spain side and claim another place for Asia in the last 16 of this increasingly unpredictable World Cup. Two goals in quick succession after half-time from Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka shocked Spain cold, taking their metronomic rhythms and throwing them into a bin bag that was then politely disposed of.

The Europeans still qualified for the knockout stages, in second place on goal difference ahead of Germany, but, if this was a deliberate…

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