After Argentina’s defeat against Saudi Arabia (1-2), the 2022 World Cup offered another big surprise on Wednesday. Germany lost to Japan (1-2).
Four years after its elimination from the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, Germany is still back to the wall. In search of a rebound, the 2014 world champions bit the dust for their entry into the running at the 2022 World Cup. This Wednesday, the Germans bowed to general surprise against Japan (1-2), in a Group E meeting .
Japan more efficient
Yet in the lead at the break on a penalty from Ilkay Gündogan (33rd), Hansi Flick’s Mannschaft cracked in the second half on goals from Ritsu Doan (75th) and Takuma Asano (83rd) and is already compromising its chances of qualification for the round of 16, before a highly anticipated clash against Spain on Sunday, a Roja on his imperial side against Costa Rica (7-0).
“We have the quality to beat Spain”
On the website of the German Football Federation, the German coach gave his feelings about the poor performance of Manuel Neuer’s partners. “We are brutally disappointed. Not only me, but also the technical staff and the players. We had 78% possession in the first half and deservedly took the lead. In a period when we were superior, we had a lot of chances to score, but we didn’t take them. Japan beat us in terms of efficiency today. The individual errors that we made in the second half must not happen to us (…) We will analyze the match and we have a lot to make up for. But we have the quality to beat Spain. That’s our goal now.” In the event of another defeat against the men of Luis Enrique, Germany will leave the competition prematurely.