The German national team botches the World Cup opener and loses with 1:2 against Japan despite the interim lead. On Sunday, it’s all or nothing against Spain.
Al-Rayyan – Make a mark – that’s the wording of these days. The German national team only succeeded in a purely moral way in Doha on Wednesday. From a sporting point of view, it was a shock experience. After the lead through Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty goal, the Japanese turned the game around and won 2:1 thanks to the goals of Doan and Asano. Thus, the worst case for the DFB team occurred right at the start.
Due to the bankruptcy, the black opening series from the last two banked tournaments continued in Hansi Flick’s first game as the responsible head coach at a tournament. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia (0:1 against Mexico) and at the European Championship last year (0:1 against France), the first group game went wrong in each case, so there was immediate pressure in terms of scoring. Same with Spain on Sunday. In the event of another defeat, the premature end of the World Cup threatens.
DFB-Elf sets signs against Fifa before World Cup kick-off
- 1 DFB-Elf sets signs against Fifa before World Cup kick-off
- 2 Gündogan takes the lead – but Germany misses the preliminary decision
- 3 Nico Schlotterbeck is complicit in the 1:2
Before kick-off, there were several tangible surprises. At the team photo, the German national players demonstratively held their mouths shut with their hands. A demonstrative reaction to the ban of the “OneLove” bandage on the part of Fifa. The DFB tweeted: “Banning the bandage is like banning the mouth. Our attitude stands.” In the stands, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser watched the game with a “OneLove” armband.
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Notes on Germany vs Japan: Not suitable for the World Cup!
There are also surprises in the lineup. After the loss of Leroy Sané, Thomas Müller moved into the starting line-up, although his last appearance in the Bayern jersey dates from 30 September. A point landing, after the 33-year-old had only been able to get into the team training on Saturday. Next to sixer Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan acted, and not Leon Goretzka.
Gündogan takes the lead – but Germany misses the preliminary decision
Nico Schlotterbeck received the preference over Thilo Kehrer in the four-man defense chain, Niklas Süle defended on the right side as he did at BVB last time. He had the defensive part, on the other hand, left-back David Raum acted like a left-winger in possession of the ball. And in the role, the Leipzig, widely advanced, received an excellent flank from Kimmich, who saw the free space. He hit a hook and was laid by Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda. Clear penalty. It was not Müller, but Gundogan who converted (33rd) – as well as all his six eleven players in the DFB jersey before. In total, his 17th goal in the 64th DFB-Bet.
Hand in front of mouth during team photo: DFB players set signs against Fifa
Until the 60th minute, the team of national coach Hansi Flick dominated the game with a lot of caution in the build-up of the game in order to be able to prevent the Japanese counterattacks. But with their own chances, the Khalifa International Stadium, the only one of the eight World Cup arenas that had not been built specifically for the final round, was too wasteful.
Nico Schlotterbeck is complicit in the 1:2
Several times, DFB keeper Manuel Neuer was able to save, but then Ritsu Doan from SC Freiburg scored an equalizer (75th) after a challenge from Minamino, which the captain could only clap forward. More and more, the physically fitter Japanese took over the scenery, pressed on the pace. Bochum’s Takuma Asano ran away from Schlotterbeck and scored for 2:1. Again, these frightening gaps in the defensive!
The last time a German team lost after halftime at a World Cup was in Argentina in 1978, in the legendary 2:3 bust against Austria. Then we went home. Soon this time too?