Germany 1-2 Japan: Initial reactions and observations from a total disaster

First reactions and observations

Frankly, the result is a shock, but it’s no surprise. Germany had the upper hand for large parts of the game, but the defense was just awful and a ticking time bomb that couldn’t hold up. Honestly, you’re better off just listening to this podcast from earlier in the week because the problems were already known. That said, Flick’s substitutions were mind-boggling.


Full-time: Germany loses 2-1 to Japan.


83′ — Goal. Germany has been so bad. Asano makes it 2-1.


75′ — Goal. Japan equalizes through Ritsu Doan.


73′ — NEW SAVES! That was almost a catastrophe for Germany.


70′ — Shot after shot from Gnabry, but the keeper saves everything.


66′ — ​​Subs: Leon Goretzka and Jonas Hofmann for Thomas Muller and Ilkay Gundogan.


55′ — Yes, Germany really doesn’t do anything special.


45′ — The second half is about to start!


Half-time observations and analyses

  • Germany were dominant in possession, but refused to shoot from the right locations. Too many passes kill the attack.
  • Jamal Musiala has not been involved enough, Japan has done a lot to neutralize him.
  • Thomas Muller has been active, but a little absent.

Peace: Germany leads 1-0.


45′ + 4′ — Kai Havertz taps the ball in, but it was offside.


32′ — GOOOOOOOAL! David Raum was brought down in the penalty area. Gundogan converts from the spot!


27′ — It’s not looking good, guys. Germany has no penetration.


7′ — Germany averted disaster with the offside flag. Terrible start.


Kick-off: We are on the way!


One hour left until kick-off: We have setups! Hansi Flick plays Germany in a 4-2-3-1 with Thomas Muller returning to the lineup. Kai Havertz starts at the top and Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry are on the wings! Leon Goretzka has been omitted in favor of Ilkay Gündogan. No, Niclas Fullkrug is a bit of a surprise to be honest.


It’s finally here. Hansi Flick now has no excuses – if his new German side can’t take on the biggest stage against Japan then what was the point of hiring him? The Bayern Munich The contingent may be slightly reduced now after Leroy Sane’s untimely injury, but this team is still stacked.

With an attack featuring the likes of Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry, a midfield made up of Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, and a defense featuring… uh, uh… let’s not talk about the defense – Germany has all the the tools needed to go far in this World Cup. It would hardly be good to stumble at the very first step.

Time for the Germans to show what they’ve got.


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Competition information

Place: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar

Time: 4:00 PM local time, 8:00 AM EST

TV/Streaming: Fox Sports, Find your country

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