Bundesliga side Bochum apologise to Germany national team for celebrating former Arsenal man Takuma Asano’s World Cup goal in shock Japan win

    VFL Bochum put national allegiance to one side as they celebrated their star man’s winning goal at the World Cup.

    Takuma Asano bagged the winning goal to top off a major upset in Qatar as Japan came from a goal down to win 2-1 against Germany.

    Asano was the star of the show for Japan as he earned a shock winner against Germany

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    Asano was the star of the show for Japan as he earned a shock winner against Germany

    Asano converted with a wonderful finish past Manuel Neuer

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    Asano converted with a wonderful finish past Manuel Neuer

    Asano has been playing in the German Bundesliga for much of his career since heading to Europe in 2016.

    After a spell at Arsenal he played for Partizan Belgrade before joining Bochum back in the summer of 2021.

    But while the Bundesliga side will be disappointed to see their country fall short in their World Cup opener, they saw the positive side as they celebrated their star man’s match-winning moment.

    Along with a starry-eyed emoji next to Asano’s name, Bochum then said: “Sorry, @DFB_Team-En…”

    Of course Asano’s goal wouldn’t have meant as much if Japan hadn’t drawn level through Ritsu Doan 15 minutes from time.

    Doan is another member of the Japanese team who plays his football in the German top flight, this time with SC Freiburg.

    Asano was swamped by his teammates who couldn’t believe what he’d done

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    Asano was swamped by his teammates who couldn’t believe what he’d done

    Freiburg also took to social media, albeit with a more subdued message that simply translated to: “Congratulations to @doan_ritsu.”

    It’s been a huge day for both Doan and Asano, but they’ll no doubt be hoping that Germany have a successful competition too.

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