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Disgrace for Germany – Japan sensationally turns the game

Germany made a fool of themselves against Japan and lost their World Cup opening game 1-2.

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Disgrace for Germany – Japan sensationally turns the game

Germany made a fool of themselves against Japan and lost their World Cup opening game 1-2. The Flick-Elf has the game under control for 70 minutes and then completely loses the thread. After Ilkay Gündogan's opening goal in the first half, the limited Japanese team turned the game around within nine minutes after the break. Nico Schlotterbeck cuts a very unfortunate figure when he conceded the second goal, and Manuel Neuer doesn't look good either.

As in 2018, Germany lost its World Cup opening game and now has its back to the wall. Everything is at stake on Sunday against Spain. Another defeat would mean the renewed elimination of the preliminary round.

Once again, the storm is the problem for the German national team: Kai Havertz, as a central offensive player, does not fire a shot on goal in 90 minutes, all chances are created by the midfielders. The defense is also extremely shaky in the last 25 minutes of the game and invites the Japanese to score.

90. 3 minutes: Germany acts completely headless. Rüdiger fritters away the ball on the center line, Kimmich loses a decisive duel and suddenly nothing works on the offensive. Rüdiger fires a desperate shot from 30 meters.

90 minutes: Last hope overtime. There are seven minutes.

88 minutes: The Germans can't think of anything. They have inexplicably given the game completely out of hand. The team has lost the thread and only hits high balls towards Japan's penalty area.

That's insane. Japan turns the game in eight minutes. Germany is threatened with embarrassment. Takuma Asano can take a long ball that feels like ten minutes in the air undisturbed. Schlotterbeck only accompanies the striker into the penalty area and lets him shoot from a tight angle. The VfL Bochum striker threw the ball towards the goal. Neuer no longer raises his arms and is defeated. The goalkeeper didn't cut a good figure either. Germany has ten minutes to go with their backs to the wall

80 minutes: The German usury of chances has taken its revenge. The Flick-Elf is far too careless with their many opportunities and gets the reward in the 75th minute. There were signs of equalization, Germany was no longer consistent in the duels in midfield. A completely unnecessary goal. Now it's up to Mario Götze, who came into play for Musiala.

Minamino plays a sharp pass into the six-yard box. Neuer goes down and hits it with his left arm. The goalkeeper unhappily deflects the ball forward. There stands Ritsu Doan and says thank you. He threw the ball into the goal to equalize.

73 minutes: Neuer saves with a great parade. The goalkeeper dives and scrapes a shot deflected by Rüdiger off the line.

71 minutes: That must be 2-0. Germany shoots three top chances within 60 seconds. First Hofmann fails free-standing against Japan's goalkeeper, then Serge Gnabry forgives twice.

67 minutes: A double change for the German national team: Hansi Flick takes Thomas Müller and Ilkay Gündogan off the field. Leon Goretzka and Jonas Hofmann come into play for them.

60 minutes: The 2-0 is in the air, but not yet. Gündogan only hits the post. The Manchester City midfielder has plenty of space in the centre. He takes a pass from Musiala and goes another three yards. Then he pulls away, but aims a little too imprecisely.

51 minutes: This is reminiscent of Jay-Jay Okocha against Oliver Kahn. Jamal Musiala dances through the Japanese penalty area and saves five opponents. The only difference to Okocha 1993: His shot doesn't land in the goal, but goes just over it.

48 minutes: Germany continues where it left off before the break. Müller starts to sprint in midfield and leaves three opponents standing. With his outside instep, he passes the ball to Gnabry, who pulls it off immediately. His shot from the right just barely goes over the goal.

46 minutes: It continues in Qatar. Hansi Flick made no changes during the half-time break. He has no reason for it either: Germany has delivered a convincing performance here so far. The national team is clearly superior to the field. The only drawback: she doesn't play her attacks to the end and thus misses many good chances. The numbers of the first half speak clearly for the DFB-Elf: 13 shots to 1, 76% ball possession, 411 to 47 passes.

Halftime: After 45 minutes and a long stoppage time, Germany leads well deserved 1-0 against Japan. After ten minutes, the national team got rid of their nervousness and got into the game better and better. With every minute, the Flick team got closer to the Japanese goal. The pressure was too great in the 31st minute when Japan goalkeeper Gonda fouled David Raum in the penalty area. Ilkay Gündogan confidently converted the penalty to take the lead.

After that, only Germany was in control and created more chances with great combinations. Musiala and Gnabry failed to raise before the half-time whistle. Kai Havertz's supposed 2-0 didn't count because he was offside. That's what the video images showed.

Japan just ran behind in the last quarter of an hour of the first half. In midfield, Joshua Kimmich is clearly the boss, he sets the pace on the pitch.

45. 4 minutes: goal or not? The VAR checks German goals. Kai Havertz's goal doesn't count. He was just offside.

40 minutes: Germany has the game completely under control. The flick team lets the ball and opponents run. Japan has to put in a lot of effort to even get into the duels.

That's about to happen. What Gündogan has just overlooked, Kimmich makes perfect in the headquarters. He leverages the Japanese defense with a dream pass and plays the ball onto the open space. The left-back dribbles against Japan's goalkeeper. Gonda gets space from his legs - clear penalty. Gündogan sinks it confidently.

31 minutes: The German pressure is growing. First, the team finishes an attack badly. Gündogan has the ball 20 meters centrally in front of the goal and overlooks the completely blank David Raum on the left. Instead of using the left-back, he opts for a harmless flick. A minute later, the next attack rolls - Gnabry pulls from eleven meters, but at the last second a Japanese throws himself into the shot and prevents the 1-0.

25 minutes: That was to be expected. Japan allows Germany to get up to 30 meters in front of their own goal and then close the spaces. After winning the ball, as with an offside goal, the goal should be to move forward quickly. In the first 20 minutes, Germany has sold 200 passports, Japan only 20.

20 minutes: Germany is getting closer and closer to the goal. Kimmich pulls from 20 meters and forces Japan's goalkeeper Gonda to make a parade. Gündogan cannot use the rebound because he is offside.

17 minutes: The first chance for Germany. Antonio Rüdiger rises highest after a corner and prevails in the header. The ball lands just outside the goal.

14 minutes: Germany is trying again to calm the game. However, the Flick-Elf makes too many play errors in midfield. After these, Japan tries to make the game fast and succeed through counterattacks.

8 minutes: Gündogan fritters away the ball in midfield. Japan switch quickly and take David Raum by surprise at the German left-back. Maeda used the quick pass into the penalty area to put it 1-0 for Japan. The striker is a meter offside.

7 minutes: The game takes place exclusively in midfield. There are no clear actions yet.

3 minutes: Germany starts with a lot of possession. The team gains security by letting the ball run through their own ranks. It can already be seen that when Musiala is in action, things move forward quickly.

1st minute: Germany kicks off and starts the World Cup.

Here we go. Germany starts against Japan in the World Cup. National coach Hansi Flick builds on Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz on the offensive. Behind it, difference player Jamal Musiala should make the game with his outstanding technical skills. Müller is the only German player from the starting eleven who has scored at a World Cup so far.

Nico Schlotterbeck makes his World Cup debut on the defensive. In front of the central defender, Ilkay Gündogan is preferred to Leon Goretzka in defensive midfield. In addition to Schlotterbeck, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, David Raum and Musiala play their first World Cup game.

Europa League winner Daichi Kamada and four other Germany legionnaires are in the World Cup opener against Germany in the Japanese starting XI. Coach Hajime Moriyasu opted for Kamada from Eintracht Frankfurt in attacking midfield, as did Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart), Maya Yoshida from FC Schalke 04, Ko Itakura (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and second division professional Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Düsseldorf).

National coach Hansi Flick is happy when football is finally in the foreground. "When we play, the focus is absolutely on football," said Flick on ARD. He can only support his players on all the other issues: “We are here to play football. We want to show a nice and successful game." When asked if the team had come up with a form of protest, he smiled and said: "Let's see."

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf on ARD: "Fifa works with intimidation and pressure. The players are of course looking forward to the tournament. It's incredibly difficult to tell the players that we're going to take sanctions when we don't even know what they are. We are in opposition to Fifa. We have to consider what conclusions we can draw from this intolerable situation during a tournament. We don't get any specific information from Fifa, that's part of their agenda."

The countdown to the German World Cup opener against Japan is on. Fifa posted photos from the German dressing room on their Twitter account 90 minutes before kick-off. Among other things, you can see: Manuel Neuer's place. The captain's armband with which he is supposed to wear hangs over his jersey. On the white piece of fabric is written in black letters: NO DISCRIMINATION.

of the German national team for the game against Japan is here. National coach Hansi Flick builds on Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry (both FC Bayern) and Kai Havertz (FC Chelsea) on the offensive. Dortmund's Nico Schlotterbeck plays in central defense alongside defender Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea FC). David Raum (RB Leipzig) and Niklas Süle (Borussia Dortmund) run on the flanks.

Leon Goretzka, Bayern midfielder, initially only sits on the bench. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) takes his position in defensive midfield alongside Joshua Kimmich. Flick indicated yesterday that Müller would be in the starting XI: "Thomas is definitely an option. He did a very good job in training.”

The ban on the "One Love" captain's armband continues to be the dominant topic ahead of Germany's opening game against Japan. In the opinion of the DFB director, the discussion burdens the preparation of the national team. The 54-year-old spoke of the timing of the Fifa dictate of a special pressure that would be exposed to the players who wanted to focus on their sporting tasks.

“Our players are concerned with the reactions in Germany. Of course you know what's going on at home. You always get criticism,” said DFB director Oliver Bierhoff on ARD. When asked if there would be any action by the team, he replied meaningfully: "We'll see."

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has criticized the Qatari authorities for their handling of rainbow badges at the World Cup in Qatar. "I'm very disappointed," said the SPD politician about the case of a German fan who had an armband and a rainbow-colored sweatband removed. "That's not how I understand the security guarantees that the Interior Minister gave me." Prime Minister and Interior Minister Chalid bin Chalifa Al-Thani assured Faeser in Qatar at the beginning of November that everyone was welcome to the World Cup.

During the conversation at the DFB's mobile fan embassy, ​​DFB President Bernd Neuendorf reported that he was in contact with other European associations. "We've had word from different teams that rainbow ties have been taken down," he said, echoing the words of Fifa President Gianni Infantino, who also said "everyone" is welcome in Qatar. "This is not a sign of welcome for us," said Neuendorf.

Before Thomas Meunier joined Borussia Dortmund, the Belgian played for Paris St. Germain. In the French newspaper L'Equipe, the defender takes a critical look at his time at the French club: "I can't say now: the Qataris are assholes. I played for PSG for four years. I was aware of everything that was happening here. You could also say I supported that by agreeing to play for a Qatari state club.”

From soccer player to TV commentator – and now onto the World Cup stage: Christina Graf is the first woman to commentate on a game at a men’s World Cup for ARD in Qatar.

Lars Klingbeil sharply criticized FIFA in the debate about banning the "One Love" captain's armband at the World Cup in Qatar. "Fifa is destroying our football and that must have consequences," said the co-chairman of the SPD on RTL. At the same time, he welcomed the fact that the DFB was considering a complaint before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Klingbeil protected the players of the German national team. "The fact that many sports officials have done a lot wrong in the last twelve years cannot be blamed on the players," he said.

In terms of sport, the start of the World Cup against Australia was successful. But the French threaten to run out of players. Now Bayern's Lucas Hernandez has the worst possible diagnosis. It is the fourth failure of a top performer.

According to English media reports, England captain Harry Kane will undergo an examination of his right ankle before the next World Cup game. The top scorer was hit on the ankle in the second half of Monday's opening win against Iran (6-2).

The investigation should determine the extent of the problem before the game against the USA on Friday (8 p.m. / ARD and MagentaTV), the BBC reported, among other things. Kane was substituted against Iran in the 75th minute.

Fifa has ordered: No "One Love" bandage at the World Cup, otherwise there will be a penalty. But which set of rules does the world association refer to? And what legal options does the DFB have? Martin Nolte is a professor of sports law and knows the answers.

If Lothar Matthäus were the coach of a selection of the best World Cup players, only Joshua Kimmich would get a place in his starting XI from the German team. "I really had a hard time tinkering, I had to decide against one or the other world-class player. I think I've found a good mix of young and more experienced players," wrote the record German international in SPORT BILD.

In goal, Matthäus chose Belgian Thibaut Courtois, his offensive three-man line consists of Brazilian Vinícius Júnior, Poland's Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappé from France. Behind him, Matthäus chose the combination of Kimmich with Belgian Kevin De Bruyne and Lionel Messi from Argentina. His preferred back four consists of Canadian Alphonso Davies, Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, Argentina's Cristian Romero and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi.

In the dispute over the "One Love" captain's armband, Thomas Müller defended his teammates. "Anyone who expects us footballers to completely leave our path as athletes and give up our sporting dreams, for which we have worked all our football life, in order to position ourselves even more politically, will be disappointed," Müller wrote on Instagram the World Cup opener against Japan on Wednesday (2 p.m. / ARD and MagentaTV).

At the same time, the professional from Bayern Munich expressed a lack of understanding for the approach of the world association: "The position of Fifa as well as the way of communicating about the ban on pads is in no way understandable for us."

"The unrest surrounding the events leading up to the World Cup tournament in Qatar, the ban on the One Love bandage and other strange actions and statements by Fifa are of concern to us players and the entire team," said Müller. The team and the German Football Association (DFB) are socially committed, the 33-year-old wrote: "With our team foundation, we have launched various initiatives not only in connection with the tournament in Qatar, but also throughout Germany. "

The World Cup tournament in Qatar continues to attract comparatively few viewers in front of the TV sets. ZDF is the main one to suffer from this. Even in the opening game, the market share was rather small.

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