Takuma Asano put in a great performance! Our attacking player decided the World Cup opener for the Japanese national team. Opponent of all countries, Germany...

Fifty-seven minutes had passed before Takuma Asano came on. At that point, Germany deserved to lead 1-0 thanks to a penalty goal by former Bochum player Ilkay Gündogan, and should have even led by more. The game remained open and the Japanese jokers stung. After the change of ends and the introduction of Asano and Doan, the tide would turn. The Freiburg player scored the equaliser (76th), then "Taku" made his big appearance. Asano took a long ball, left Dortmund's Schlotterbeck in his wake and finished from an acute angle to make it 2-1 (83rd). The reward for a strong performance, because Asano was involved in almost every successful offensive action of the "Samurai Blue" after his substitution.

Japan therefore start the World Cup with three points. The other group opponents for Asano and Co. are Spain and Costa Rica. The next match for "Taku" will be next Sunday at 11 am. Then surely in the starting eleven..