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Germany ousted from World Cup by Japan

AFP · 9 Jul 2011, 22:45

Published: 09 Jul 2011 22:45 GMT+02:00

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The winning goal came in the 108th minute when Japan captain Homare Sawa put in a superb long-range pass and substitute Karina Maruyama drilled her shot past Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.

Having won both the 2003 and 2007 editions, this is the first time Germany have lost at a women's World Cup since they were beaten 3-2 by hosts the USA in the quarter-finals of the 1999 tournament.

Japan have now got beyond the quarter-finals for the first time, as their previous best performance was a last-eight appearance in 1995 in Sweden.

Japan will now face either Australia or Sweden, who meet on Sunday, in the semi-final in Frankfurt on Wednesday.

Having won Group A with three victories, Germany were bidding for a third consecutive title, while Japan came in as Group B runners-up after losing their final pool game to England.

Germany suffered an early setback when key midfielder Kim Kulig headed over the bar and limped off with a knee injury after an awkward landing on three minutes.

Coach Silvia Neid was forced into bringing on defender Bianca Schmidt and left-back Linda Bresonik pushed up into midfield.

It was predominantly German one-way traffic in the opening stages in front of a sold-out crowd of 26,067.

Powerful midfielder Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, who ran herself ragged over the course of the night, had a shot parried away by Japan's goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori on 13 minutes.

Captain Kerstin Garefrekes saw her effort fly across the face of the goal on 22 minutes.

Japan finally came into the match, and their clearest chance was when forward Yuki Nagasato fired wide with half an hour gone as the Germans dropped off their early pace.

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Mexico referee Quetzalli Alvarado finally showed the first of three second-half yellow cards in the 55th minute as the Japanese produced some loose tackles

Japan midfielder Aya Miyama fired over twice with two long-range efforts as normal time faded and Germany forward Inka Grings had an appeal for a penalty turned down in the final five minutes after she was shouldered off the ball.

After 10 minutes of extra time, Grings found the ball at her feet in the area but fired wide to make way for attacking dynamo Alexandra Popp.

The game was finally decided in the second period of extra time when Japan stunned the home crowd with the crucial goal to reach the last four.

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02:31 July 10, 2011 by german-guardian
Germany played her best and had a lot of fun. Even though we lost, we will come back stronger next world cup. Perhapse, For the European 2012 world cup Germany will win and for the world cup 2014 Germany will also win. Any strong and good athelete might lose, but the strong, proud and the champions learn how to pick themselves up and become better. Giving up over a loss is for the fools. The improtant thing was that we played our best and came this far and left our mark in the world cup, and we will win the next world cup, or the one after that. God bless all, and have a nice day.
06:14 July 10, 2011 by DOZ
:) :) :) :) :)
07:29 July 10, 2011 by marimay
Yay Japan!
07:37 July 10, 2011 by guerito
A well deserved victory for the Japanese girls. I really like to see more of this playful way of playing, I am looking forward to their next game. The fun moment, for me, was when the German moderator said, during the first 20 minutes, something about a plan to "tire them out", when it was already known that these short women are physically one of the best teams around. In the end it seemed that the Japanese had tired the Germans out. Congratulations Japan!
08:27 July 10, 2011 by ChrisRea
Japan was indeed the better team. The Germans are much taller, but they failed in taking advantage of that (even if they had plenty of corners). The Japanese were much more organised and had an incredible play of passes. They also ran a lot, both in defense and in attack. So a well deserved victory indeed.

It is funny to remember Germany's arrogant slogans (picking on their male team) - "Third place is for men, first place is for women", "Football is a game played by men and won by women", "Boys, we will revenge you".
09:13 July 10, 2011 by marimay
Those are some pathetic slogans. No doubt they were just trying to over hype the team so people would attend the games. I have noticed half empty stands in the games Germany doesn't play, perhaps it will be worse now?
12:26 July 10, 2011 by harcourt
In my part of Germany the german flags were brought out, on cars, out of windows and in gardens. I presume because they were pretty sure that this was a sport at which they would win the world cup. It's funny this morning they have all disappeared. Reminds me a bit of Operation Barbarossa !!
12:58 July 10, 2011 by elitemarine206
Boo Japan, coming off a loss to England and getting there second chance, boo boo boo.
14:13 July 10, 2011 by DinhoPilot
I went to MSN.de to see the pictures of the defeat and I got a warning that Internet Explorer closed the page because it could harm my computer. Was it that terrible?

Better luck next time. You can't win them all...
14:17 July 10, 2011 by Kazuo Seki
In my part of globe the game was not played until 45 minutes after 3 in the morning of Sunday. I saw the Nadeshiko (Japanese ladies)team was extremely lucky to win 1:0 when many here had hoped for a 0:0 tie. I am sorry the host team lost but I saw them played fair and graciously. In a one sided game with England Japanese must have learned quckly how to remain in the game against physically superior teams.
16:11 July 10, 2011 by FIUMAN
Will we get to see naked pictures of the Japanese team too? That DOES seem to be the rage these days....
22:28 July 10, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, sometimes the best person, or team will not win. Occasionally, influences that are greater than humans will alter the outcome of events on earth. There is nothing anyone can do about this. The nation of Japan has been through a lot.

Germany has won what?...two in a row, and three of the last four World Cup titles?

The players and the nation as a whole should be grateful for many things.
18:10 July 11, 2011 by Relaxed
Well Fiuman, I hope the Japanese team remains dignified and keeps well and truly covered up.
20:50 July 11, 2011 by Gabriel Grubb
Teach Germany to support France against England and laugh when England lost!! Who is laughing now?
02:46 July 12, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Gabriel Grubb

Who said, that Germany laughed. Obviosly England was no good enough to defeat France.

Laughing is for fools like you who don't get the reallity, they want to joke and make fun of everything. This is very oppostite to German character.

Anyway, Germany will win the next world cup
07:54 July 12, 2011 by marimay
Obviosly Germany was no good enough to defeat Japan.
11:24 July 12, 2011 by Gilly58
Did I miss something...I was busy in the next room watching some paint dry...I guess not.
13:03 July 12, 2011 by Al uk
Don't worry the real football season starts soon and the girls can go back to the kitchen, shopping, looking pretty etc

19:01 July 12, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Al uk

very nicely said man. Once the real football season starts, both Germany and England should do very well.
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