Football

Japan's Doan delights in shutting up patronising Germans

November 25, 2022 8:07 am

Japan striker Ritsu Doan [Source: Reuters]

Japan striker Ritsu Doan said he was particularly delighted with their stunning victory over Germany at the World Cup after being forced to endure patronising comments before he headed to Qatar.

Eight members of the Japan squad play their club football in Germany and it was goals from Freiburg’s Doan and VfL Bochum’s Takuma Asano that gave them the shock come-from-behind victory at Khalifa International Stadium.

Japan striker Ritsu Doan said he was particularly delighted with Wednesday’s stunning victory over Germany at the World Cup after being forced to endure patronising comments before he headed to Qatar.

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Eight members of the Japan squad play their club football in Germany and it was goals from Freiburg’s Doan and VfL Bochum’s Takuma Asano that gave them the shock come-from-behind victory at Khalifa International Stadium.

“Before I came to the World Cup, people in Germany were saying it would be an easy game against Japan,” Doan told reporters.

“I gave them a bitter smile while hearing this and I thought ‘don’t be silly’. As a man, I think the best way to shut them up is with such a result so I’m pleased it turned out that way.”

Japan arrived in Qatar determined to improve on their best previous World Cup campaigns by reaching at least the quarter-finals.

Doan said that while the players had enjoyed the victory, they had already turned their minds to their next Group E match against Costa Rica on Sunday.

“Of course, I was very excited. We haven’t changed history, but I think it’s a historic victory,” he added.

“Yesterday my team mates and I were very happy. But starting today, we will put it behind us and prepare for the game against Costa Rica without being complacent.”