Four-time champions Germany are in danger of exiting the World Cup in the group stage for the second tournament in a row after losing 2-1 to Japan in their opening game at Qatar 2022.

Germany – who finished bottom of their group in 2018, behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea – led Japan 1-nil at half-time in Group E opener courtesy of an Ilkay Gundogan penalty.

But the team 24th in the FIFA World Rankings stormed back after the interval thanks to goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano.

Germany now face Spain in Al Khor on Sunday. 

A loss to Luis Enrique’s side would likely result in elimination.

Meanwhile, Morocco held 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia to a nil-all draw as both teams took a point to open their Qatar campaigns