DOHA, Qatar — Following Saudi Arabia’s victory in the match against Argentina, Qatar 2022 saw not only another upset but also saw another come-from-behind snub, with the presumed minnow overcoming the most popular team.
Germany was ahead in the first half of Wednesday with an Ilkay Gundogan penalty. However, substitutions Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored in the final 15 minutes to put the tie around.
The victory for Japan, 2-1, shows how fragile this German team is, especially when they seem to be in control.
Japan Vs Germany FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights
1. Japan subs make a massive impact
In 2004, Japan was on the edge of eliminating Belgium and progressing toward the World Cup quarterfinals. The second time around, they started with arguably the most shocking result they’ve ever had in their four-time World Cup champions Germany. The 2-1 victory is due much to the team’s ability to keep their cool and make changes that can alter the game.
After going down a goal following goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda giving away a silly penalty in the opening period that saw Germany score only a few goals, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu was able to nail all his substitutions. Kaoru Mitoma was a source of creativity and innovation on the left. Takuma Asano provided a burst of precision and energy. Takehiro Tomiyasu offered the kind of stability in the back, which allowed Japan to play more aggressively. Takumi Minamino (in his own, sometimes unprofessional manner) was an intelligent player and an integral part of the goal equalizer.
Japan moved away from the counter-attacking game of the opening half to an intensive press game at midfield and the hit-in-transition technique that caused a stir in Germany. I’m not sure they would have turned the game around without those five substitutions.
2. Germany’s aggressive and lopsided approach is a failure
Germany completed the game playing with Mario Gotze, Youssoufa Moukoko, and Niclas Fullkrug in the front. This is a one-time star who was dismissed three years ago, who has only recently made an appearance as a player who had just been 18 when it was announced that the World Cup started, and one who won (at the age of 29) just his third Germany cap.
Coach Hansi Flick’s plan B is severe. Flick needed to go to Plan B as Plan A was several pieces that weren’t quite fitting together.
Kai Havertz was perennially stuck between following the instructions and following his instincts; Thomas Muller drifted slowly to the right side and ended up in the way of Serge Gnabry. In contrast, 19-year-old superstar Jamal Musiala showed glimpses of brilliance but was consigned to a space out vast to the left, which did little to showcase his incredible talent.
The spotlight should be on Germany’s unusual slump and defensive mistakes from Nico Schlotterbeck and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (conceding at the near post.) However, it resulted from Germany’s front-line inability to manage the game in the second period (Plan B). That Plan B is like trying to make Thanksgiving dinner by grabbing some food items from the gas station.
3. Germany isn’t able to afford another slip.
The tournament constantly harks into the past, and so it’s almost likely that the ghost of the events of Russia in 2018 — which saw Germany being eliminated from this group for the very first time in their postwar history, following a loss in the group stage to South Korea — will soon be the talk of the town.
If you decide to play Euro 2020 — when Germany lost without a hitch in the knockout round that they played in the first knockout round against Gareth Southgate’s England, there’ll be plenty of doubt appearing.
It’s not a common situation for Germany and not a familiar one for the German public. They must remember that, as frightening as Spain could be (or could have been, the truth is that it’s challenging to know what you’ll receive from Luis Enrique), they can determine their own fate. The positive side? Costa Rica and Spain, the other two sides of this group, play a completely different style of football. The downside? If Germany continues to play as they did following the break, It won’t make a huge difference.
Germany: Neuer 5, Sule 6, Schlotterbeck 4, Rudiger 6, Raum 6, Gundogan 6, Kimmich 7, Gnabry 6, Musiala 7, Muller 5, Havertz 5.
Subs: Goretzka 5, Moukoko 6, Gotze 5, Hofmann 5, Fullkrug 5.
Japan: Gonda 6, Sakai 7, Yoshida 6, Itakura 7, Nagatomo 5, Tanaka 7, Endo 7, Ito 8, Kamada 6, Kubo 5, Maeda 5.
Subs: Minamino 6, Tomiyasu 8, Asano 8, Mitoma 8, Doan 7.
Best and worst performers
BEST: Junya Ito
As tempting as it is to choose substitutes such as Mitoma or Asano, it was Ito who stood out the best both in transition and the way of disrupting Germany’s building. Quantity and quality What more could you possibly want?
WORST: Nico Schlotterbeck
It’s not about getting beaten as he was in his second strike (maybe Neuer thought that Neuer had it covered, but He didn’t). It’s how he played when Japan intensified their game during the second half. His position and clearances got more unpredictable.
Highlights and notable moments
The debate regarding FIFA’s threat to impose sanctions on the OneLove armband was not over when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was examined thoroughly before the game. German players put their hands on their mouths in an official photo of the team. At the same time, German Minister Nancy Faeser snuck her past security and sat next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
The German’s David Raum was fouled on the field by Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda. He might have done it twice, leading to an injury penalty in the first goal.
However, Japan changed the game at the end of the second period. How did this come into play?
After the match over: What the managers, audience and players said
Germany Coach Hansi Flick“Niklas” Sule” must pay attention. He could play him offside as the player slipped two or three inches too much. These are mistakes made by individuals that we were forced to pay today.
“We were in 79% of possession in the 1st quarter and took the lead. In a time when we were ahead in possession, we had plenty of chances to score but we failed to take these. Japan defeated us with aplomb today. The mistakes our team made during the second period will not repeat themselves. It is important to strengthen the players right now. We’ll not have a pleasant journey home.”
Coach Hajime Moriyasu of Japan: “At the very end, they put full force against us.” The players were practising at a high level in Germany and Europe in the past, and as a result, they learned a lot from their experiences, which allowed us to stay in the game. In the past, we would have lost.United as a team We had to hold up until the last whistle was blown so that we could to seize our chance.”
“We were keen to get aggressive from the start We wanted to dominate the game, however Germany is very powerful, so we had to be persistent in our defense and try our best. When it came to our strategy we had a variety of choices and considered many scenarios. We knew that there was a possibility that we would go one step further, so we had a plan for it, and we were prepared.”
Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda: “It was very hard, we had a lot of trouble. However, this is an World Cup, everyone wants to be a part of the game. The substitutes returned and renewed the team. Perhaps one player isn’t as strong, but we did it.”
Key stats (provided by ESPN Stats & Information)
The last time Germany scored an extra-time penalty goal during regulation time was in Thomas Muller converted against Portugal in 2014. FIFA World Cup group stage.
Gundogan’s goal was 12. The penalty was the 12th Germany has scored (in extra time or regulation) during the World Cup — third-most by any other nation. Gundogan’s six goals for Germany in the last five games have come as penalties.
It’s the 68th World Cup match in which Germany scored their first goal, which is the highest of any other team. (Brazil is 67 and will match this match on Thursday.)
– Japan did not win in a match during the World Cup when allowed the first goal (0-7-2, W-L-D.)
The finalists – Germany, have not been defeated over the previous 21 World Cup matches when leading at half-time, 20-1-1 (W-L-D). Their only loss by half-time in the World cup was during the second round of the group stage. Austria in 1974 as West Germany.
Asano’s goal was Japan’s most recent game-winner during the World Cup.
It was Germany’s 2nd consecutive match in the World Cup, losing to a team that is part of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Their last game in the 2017 World Cup was a loss to South Korea. Before these two consecutive defeats, Germany had never lost to an opponent from AFC during this World Cup.
This was the first occasion that two substitutes played for an Asian team in the course of a World Cup match.
— Japan was an underdog with a bet of 600 on Caesars Sportsbook.