‘Just like them we were able to achieve a great comeback!’: Japan players credit Saudi Arabia for shock Germany victory after their Asian rivals also came from behind to beat Argentina
- Japan stars Hiroki Sakai and Takefusa Kubo have paid credit to Saudi Arabia
- The duo’s side came from 1-0 down to beat Germany 2-1 in the World Cup today
- They thanked Saudi Arabia for inspiring their comeback after they did the same
- The Asian side came from one down to beat Argentina in another huge shock
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Japan players Hiroki Sakai and Takefusa Kubo have credited Saudi Arabia for inspiring their side to come from behind and cause another World Cup shock on Wednesday.
The Samurai Blue came from 1-0 down to beat Germany in arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, prompting jubilant scenes from the players and staff at full time.
Saudi Arabi also came from one down to defeat Argentina on Tuesday, and Sakai, via beIN SPORTS, praised his side’s Asian rivals for helping his team believe in themselves.
Japan caused a major World Cup shock by beating Germany 2-1 In Group E on Wednesday
Hiroki Sakai (left) and Takefusa Kubo (right) credited Saudi Arabia for inspiration for the result
The 32-year-old said: ‘Yesterday Saudi Arabia showed us a very valuable game against Argentina. We all thought, if we can just keep the deficit to one, you never know what could happen next.’
Midfielder Kubo added: ‘We were down 1-0 at half-time just like Saudi Arabia, and just like them we were able to achieve a great comeback victory.’
Japan will now fancy their chances of qualifying from Group E, with Spain favourites to win the opening stage.
A win against Costa Rica should ensure qualification, but they will be pleased to have their fate in their own hands.
They will play Costa Rica on Sunday before taking on Spain in their final game of the group.
Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina to win their opening World Cup game 2-1 on Tuesday
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