Social media is awash with memes as football fans revel in Japan’s World Cup victory against Germany


Football fans around the globe reacted with glee to Japan‘s incredible win against Germany in the second stunning upset of the Qatar World Cup. 

In echoes of Argentina’s defeat to Saudi Arabia yesterday, Germany took the lead through a first-half penalty. But a spirited fightback saw underdogs Japan claim a 2-1 victory. 

Social media users joked that Germany’s fans will now have to seek advice from Argentina’s supporters with how to cope with a humiliating defeat after Lionel Messi‘s side lost 2-1 on Tuesday. 

One user posted a meme of Milhouse showing Bart Simpson a cave and saying: ‘This is where I come to cry.’ The caption read: ‘Argentina fans to German fans.’ 

In a similar vain, another football fan posted ‘Argentina fans to German fans right now’ above an image of actor James Franco in the film ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ with a noose around his neck asking another man set to be executed: ‘First time?’

After Argentina’s fans suffered yesterday, Germany’s football fans bore the brunt of the mockery today. Their team has won four World Cup titles – the most of any European team. 

Another meme showed an image of Germany’s players covering their mouths during the team photo in a snub at FIFA’s apparent attempts to silence them, but added the caption: ‘German fans right now’.

One Twitter user posted a meme of Jeff from the British sit-com Peep Show raising his middle finger to the character Mark with the caption: ‘The English fans consoling the German fans after their opening 2-1 loss to Japan.’ 

England has had a tendency to lose against Germany in major tournaments, with the German team beating the Three Lions at the World Cup in 1966, 1990 and 2010. 

Another meme showed an image of Germany’s players covering their mouths during the team photo in a snub at FIFA’s apparent attempts to silence them, but added the caption: ‘German fans right now’

A football fan posted 'Argentina fans to German fans right now' above an image of actor James Franco in the film 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' with a noose around his neck asking another man set to be executed: 'First time?'

A football fan posted ‘Argentina fans to German fans right now’ above an image of actor James Franco in the film ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ with a noose around his neck asking another man set to be executed: ‘First time?’

Social media users joked that Germany's fans will now have to seek advice from Argentina's supporters with how to cope with a humiliating defeat after Lionel Messi's side lost 2-1 on Tuesday. One user posted a meme of Milhouse showing Bart Simpson a cave and saying: 'This is where I come to cry.' The caption read: 'Argentina fans to German fans'

Social media users joked that Germany’s fans will now have to seek advice from Argentina’s supporters with how to cope with a humiliating defeat after Lionel Messi’s side lost 2-1 on Tuesday. One user posted a meme of Milhouse showing Bart Simpson a cave and saying: ‘This is where I come to cry.’ The caption read: ‘Argentina fans to German fans’

One Twitter user posted a meme of Jeff from the British sit-com Peep Show raising his middle finger to the character Mark with the caption: 'The English fans consoling the German fans after their opening 2-1 loss to Japan'

One Twitter user posted a meme of Jeff from the British sit-com Peep Show raising his middle finger to the character Mark with the caption: ‘The English fans consoling the German fans after their opening 2-1 loss to Japan’

Another showed American TV host Steve Harvey looking particularly serious, with the Twitter user adding the caption: 'German fans right now'

Another showed American TV host Steve Harvey looking particularly serious, with the Twitter user adding the caption: ‘German fans right now’

Japan players celebrate after the match against Germany in the World Cup on Wednesday

Japan players celebrate after the match against Germany in the World Cup on Wednesday 

Another showed American TV host Steve Harvey looking particularly serious, with the Twitter user adding the caption: ‘German fans right now.’

During the match, Japan’s substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals to secure their team’s 2-1 victory over Germany.

The shock result was a repeat of their 2018 World Cup nightmare when, as defending champions, they lost their opener to Mexico and, after another defeat by South Korea, were condemned to an unheard of group-stage exit. 

Ilkay Gundogan had given four-time champion Germany the lead with a first-half penalty.

And Germany looked in total command in the Group E clash but, with each missed chance, left the door open for Japan, who showed almost nothing in attack until a series of substitutions injected some energy in the second half. 

Football fans joked that Germany's supporters had spent a fortune to attend the World Cup match - only for their team to lose to underdogs Japan

Football fans joked that Germany’s supporters had spent a fortune to attend the World Cup match – only for their team to lose to underdogs Japan 

After Argentina's fans suffered yesterday, Germany's football fans bore the brunt of the mockery today. Their team has won four World Cup titles - the most of any European team

After Argentina’s fans suffered yesterday, Germany’s football fans bore the brunt of the mockery today. Their team has won four World Cup titles – the most of any European team

After Argentina's fans suffered yesterday, Germany's football fans bore the brunt of the mockery today

After Argentina’s fans suffered yesterday, Germany’s football fans bore the brunt of the mockery today

Football fans around the globe reacted with glee to Japan's incredible win against Germany in the second stunning upset of the Qatar World Cup

Football fans around the globe reacted with glee to Japan’s incredible win against Germany in the second stunning upset of the Qatar World Cup

After Argentina's fans suffered yesterday, Germany's football fans bore the brunt of the mockery today. Their team has won four World Cup titles - the most of any European team

After Argentina’s fans suffered yesterday, Germany’s football fans bore the brunt of the mockery today. Their team has won four World Cup titles – the most of any European team

Ilkay Gundogan of Germnay looks dejected during the match against Japan

Ilkay Gundogan of Germnay looks dejected during the match against Japan 

Japan fans celebrate at full time Germany v Japan on Wednesday

Japan fans celebrate at full time Germany v Japan on Wednesday

Doan, who plays for German team Freiburg, pounced on a rebound to equalize in the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot from Takumi Minamino.

Then Asano, who plays for German team Bochum, sprinted clear of Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd – causing an explosion of joy among the Japan bench.

It was a turnaround that looked scarcely believable as Japan struggled to get any foothold for most of the game.

It was the first competitive meeting between the two nations.

Before the game, Germany’s players covered their mouths during the team photo in an apparent rebuke to FIFA following its decision to stop plans to wear ‘OneLove’ armbands to protest discrimination in host nation Qatar.

The team lined up in the traditional formation before Wednesday’s game against Japan and each of the 11 players covered their mouth with their right hand.

It seemed to be a response to FIFA’s warning to the seven European federations, including Germany’s, that players would be penalized if they wore colorful ‘One Love’ armbands as a symbol for inclusion and diversity. The seven team captains had planned to wear the armbands.

Qatar has been under scrutiny for its human rights record and laws criminalizing homosexuality.

 



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