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SHOCKER! Japan Stun Germany With Late Strikes At World Cup

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• Disappointed German player…at the Khalifa International Stadium

After Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina in the group opening game in Qatar, late goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the last 15 minutes gave Japan a stunning 2-1 upset over four-times champions Germany in their World Cup Group E opener on Wednesday.

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The Germans had dominated the contest at the Khalifa International Stadium and taken the lead with a 33rd minute penalty from Ilkay Guendogan after Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda had fouled wing back David Raum.

The second goal never came, however, and Japan’s raids into the German half became more and more frequent, culminating in Doan’s equaliser and a brilliant finish from Asano eight minutes later.

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The defeat was the third in a row in the opening match of a major championship for Germany after a loss to Mexico at the 2018 World Cup, when they bowed out in the first round as champions, and to France at Euro 2020.

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Ronaldo stripped of his World Cup goal by FIFA

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Ronaldo thought he’d opened the scoring against Uruguay when he leapt into the air to nod home a Bruno Fernandes cross in the 54th minute of Monday night’s clash.

The former Manchester United star timed his run to perfection and instantly celebrated the goal with teammates. But the ball did not appear to change trajectory from the moment he met Fernandes’ cross in the air.

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Instant replays showed the ball having barely made contact with his head. Only a few strands of the icon’s hair appeared to be grazed as the ball flew past Sergio Rochet and into the net.

And after several checks, the 37-year-old’s goal was chalked off and awarded to ex-Red Devils teammate Fernandes, with whom he celebrated both after the goal and following the final whistle.

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Transfer:Osimhen’s €100m price tag ‘crazy’ – Man United

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Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, is interested in acquiring the services of Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen but the Red Devils have made it clear that they will not be meeting the €100m price tag that Napoli have slapped on their star striker.

Sky Germany reported that the English topflight club have made Osimhen one of their top targets, but they find the price tag Napoli have put on his head ‘crazy.’

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Osimhen is one of the most coveted forwards in Europe following his remarkable goalscoring exploits with Napoli over the past 18 months. The 23-year-old bagged 14 goals in 27 games last year and has already plundered nine goals in 11 matches this term for Luciano Spalletti’s side.

The Nigeria international contributed 18 goals in 32 games last season and Napoli can’t be blamed for demanding upwards of £80m for the 23-year-old.

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Osimhen has other admirers in the Premier League and there have been links to Tottenham Hotspur.

Italian transfer reporter Enrico De Lellis has told Calciomercato that Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is urging the club to sign Osimhen.

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It’s hard to imagine Tottenham spending £86m on a new striker, unless Harry Kane is on his way out, which is unlikely.

A number of Premier League sides were credited with an interest in Osimhen’s services in the summer, but United could firm up their interest in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s abrupt exit from the club last week.

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Transfer: RB Leipzig striker, Nkunku To Officially Join Chelsea Next Year

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RB Leipzig striker, Christopher Nkunku will officially join Premiership side, Chelsea in June 2023 after the Blues already completed the medicals for the Frenchman, paying his €60 million release clause.

The French player has agreed on a long-term deal with the five-time premier league winners Chelsea. Nkunku scored 20 goals and recorded 13 assists last season in the Bundesliga. He has continued his impressive scoring rate with 12 games in 14 starts this campaign.

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However, the Frenchman who was part of the Didier Deschamps’ squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup picked up an injury in training, which is now a big concern.

Meanwhile, Graham Potter is reported to have made the signing of Robert Sanchez a priority at Chelsea. Potter wants to reunite with the Spanish goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge as the English manager aims to bring reinforcements in that area.

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With Kepa struggling with injuries and Mendy falling down the pecking order, Potter needs a strong shot-stopper to fulfill the hopes of Todd Boehly.

In the same vein, Mason Mount has reportedly rejected a whopping offer of £200,000 a week from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

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According to the report, Mounts wants to garner a salary worth £300,000 a week, which is close to his England teammate Raheem Sterling.

The 23-year-old is one of the lowest earners at Chelsea and therefore his demands look understandable considering the growth in stature at the club.

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