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Germany’s nightmare returns as Japan outperform them on and off the pitch



Ilkay Gündoğan

If you love the rhythmic beat of a drum, you’ll love Japan fans. If you don’t, bad luck.

Only one group of fans was making all the noise inside the Khalifa International Stadium, and it wasn’t the German fans. For 90 minutes, most of which seemed like a desperate cause, they sang, they clapped, and most importantly, they banged that drum.