Doan delights in shutting up patronising Germans

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group E - Germany v Japan - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - November 23, 2022 Japan's Ritsu Doan celebrates after the match REUTERS/Matthew Childs

DOHA – 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.

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 on Thursday.

“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.

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