Gary Lineker’s famous quote, “Football is a sport that is played 11 against 11, and in the end, Germany wins”, would she have lead in the wing? Revanchists after their elimination from the group stage of the last World Cup in Russia, the Germans lost again for their first match of the World Cup in Qatar, Wednesday, November 23, in Doha, against Japan (1-2) .
Their lack of efficiency was punished by the Japanese awakening at the end of the match, when the match had started with a show of support for human rights from the German national team.
A square on the way back from the locker room, a post on the hour mark, a quadruple save from Schuichi Gonda a few minutes later… The Germans are going to have nightmares. While they had outrageously dominated the first period, settling in the Japanese camp, with 70% possession of the ball, Hans-Dieter Flick’s men will be able to harbor regrets as they have created opportunities. Ilkay Gündogan, who opened the scoring with a penalty (33e), will remain the only German goalscorer against Japan.
Germany punished by home goalscorers
The Samurai Blue, they had only shot once before the break. To remedy this, the Japanese coach, Hajime Moriyasu, made changes to return from the locker room with a decidedly more attacking team. Choices that paid off with goals from Ritsu Doan (75e) and Takuma Asano (83e), substitutes at the start of the meeting and which sounded the awakening of the Japanese. Cruel for Germany, which sees these two scorers evolve in its championship every weekend, while Doan wears the Freiburg jersey, and Asano that of Bochum.
“It shouldn’t be like this, we are at the World Cup. I think we dominated the game as a whole, we had a lot of chances, but we gave them too many chances at the end of the game., reacted Ilkay Gündogan to the microphone of beIN sports after the meeting. Eliminated in the group stage in Russia in 2018, Germany already has no room for error in Group E when it faces Spain on Sunday.
Present at the press conference of the France team, Ousmane Dembélé learned this result from the mouth of a journalist, and did not hide his surprise: ” Oh ! Oh yes ? This is proof that there are no more small nations. As soon as you lower the intensity, you are surprised. » After the defeats of Argentina against Saudi Arabia, and that of Germany against Japan, the other favorite selections for the final victory are therefore prevented.