A double save saw Japan turn around and beat Germany 2-1 in the World Cup in Qatar.
"The players came together as a team", says Japan's the national team captain Hajime Moriyasu.
"We made it too easy for Japan", says Ilkay Gündogan.
Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano both started on the bench against Germany before the duo was swapped into the 71st and 57th match minutes respectively.
They would turn out to be successful substitutions.
Just five minutes after his jump-in, Doan made a return and shaved the receipt to 1-1.
Eight minutes later Asano tore up in the penitentiary and pushed 2-1 into the net roof.
Germany, whose goal was dotted in by Ilkay Gündogan at penalty in the first half, did what they could to at least bring a draw into the premiere, but in vain. The Japanese resisted and won narrated by 2-1.
"We prepared well and that's what led us to the victory", says Japan's the national team captain Hajime Moriyasu according to AFP.
Gündogan to German ARD:
"We made it too easy for Japan, this must not happen to us", he says and gets the support of Manuel Neuer.
"This is a great disappointment. We helped to make the opponent stronger", says Neuer.
Japan's victory was the second big sensation of the tournament after Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina with 2-1 on Tuesday.
For Germany, the World Cup premiere was a great disappointment, especially because the Germans are after revenge when the World Cup in Russia last ended already in the group game.
Spain and Costa Rica also belong to the group.