FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan surprises Germany (2-1)
Dominating, the Mannschaft failed to capitalize on its many opportunities and ended up losing to the Japanese who believed in it until the end.
German players celebrate victory over Germany
Japan signed one of the exploits of this World Cup
Germany can only blame themselves following this 2-1 defeat against a Japanese team yet within their reach. After the opening of the score on penalty in the 33rd minute of play by Ilkay Gündogan, the players of Hansi Flick created many clear chances without scoring.
On the hour mark, Japan took advantage of the Germans’ slowdown and their frustration to start pushing. The German defensive base did not hold up: Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano (who both play in the Bundesliga) took advantage of his mistakes to score two goals which propelled their team to the top of Group E.
“This must not happen to us”
For Ilkay Gündogan, very upset after the match, this defeat is to be put down to the defense, but not only.
” I don’t know if such an easy goal has ever been scored in the World Cup. It must not happen,” he told ARD.
” We dominated most of the game, Manuel Neuer saved us once, that’s why he’s there. Up front, we had an incredible number of chances but we didn’t score. Then we conceded two goals too easily in the space of eight minutes. This must not happen to us .”
The second Japanese goal signed by Takuma Asano
The second Japanese goal is partly due to an error by Nico Schlotterbeck
Eliminated in the first round in 2018 when it was defending champion, Germany wanted this 2022 World Cup to be that of redemption. But with a first defeat on the counter against Japan, the situation is complicated. The next game for Germany will be Sunday against Spain, favorite team of the group.
Players protest against FIFA
Note that before the start of this meeting, the German players covered their mouths with their hands. According to the German football association, this decision is a consequence of the ban on wearing the One Love armband by FIFA.
German Players Cover Their Mouths With One Hand In Protest
Manuel Neuer has long insisted on wearing the One Love armband in the colors of the rainbow
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