Reserves decide and Japan overcomes Germany by 2 to 1 in the opening of the World Cup

Just over 24 hours after Argentina was defeated by Saudi Arabia, the zebra walked again at the World Cup in Qatar. This Wednesday (23), the four-time world champion Germany was surprised and lost to Japan, by 2-1, at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Doha, in the opening of Group E.1669240684 369 ebc1669240684 946 ebc

It is the second consecutive World Cup in which the Germans start their participation with a defeat. In the previous edition, in Russia, the European team was beaten by Mexico, in the first round, by 1-0. The Japanese, in turn, repeated 2018, when they also started with a 2-1 victory over Colombia.

The key of Germans and Japanese still has Spain and Costa Rica. The duel between the other members of Group E will be next on Wednesday, starting at 1 pm (Brasília time), at the Al Thumama Stadium, also in Doha.

The next matches between Japan and Germany will be on Sunday (27), for the second round. At 7am, the Blue Samurai take on Costa Rica at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. At the end of the day, at 4 pm, the Germans will face the derby with Spain, at the Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor.

german protest

Before the match started, the Germans staged protests. In the pose for the official photo, after the national anthems were played, the players brought their right hands to their mouths. Germany was one of the teams whose captains would wear an armband with the expression “One Love” (“One Love”, in the English translation), in support of the LGBTQIA + cause, but which were pressured by the International Football Federation (FIFA) to withdraw . Homosexuality is prohibited in the host country of the World Cup.

the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the German captain, even tried to hide the armband he was wearing, made available by FIFA. In a press conference on Saturday (18), the president of the German federation, Bernd Neuendorf, complained that the entity responsible for the World Cup “football focus” to those who intended to speak out against allegations of human rights violations in Qatar.

German pressure

With the ball rolling, Japan repeated the strategy of other sniper teams in this Cup, such as Saudi Arabia, Tunisia or Morocco, starting the game with a high mark to shorten the German spaces. the goal of Daizen Maedain the sixth minute, annulled for being a little ahead of the defense at the time of the cross by the also striker Junya Itoon the right, scared the four-time world champions.

It didn’t take long, however, for Germany to fit in the faster exchange of passes and involve the Japanese, frequently appearing in the offensive field and developing attacks on the sides. At 15 minutes, the defender Antonio Rudiger headed close to the left post, with danger. Four minutes later, the steering wheel Joshua Kimmich dropped the bomb from the entrance to the area and forced the goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda to stretch to avoid the goal. At 27, following a good German table, the defensive midfielder Ilkay Gundogan he hit from half moon, but the kick went in the middle of the goal and facilitated Gonda’s defense.

The goal was matured. At 30 minutes, the side David Raum was launched by Kimmich in the area, from the left, being brought down by Gonda. The penalty was called and Gündogan moved the goalkeeper on the kick to open the scoring. The Germans scored again in injury time, before the break, with Kai Havertz, but the bid was cancelled. The video referee (VAR) saw the number 7 offside, who deflected a cross kick from the also striker Serge Gnabry🇧🇷

Those who don’t, take

Germany kept up the pace on the return of the break and almost extended it after five minutes – in what would have been a goal from jamal musiala🇧🇷 The 19-year-old midfielder advanced on the left, passed five markers when invading the area and took it to the right leg, but the beat came out too high. At 14 minutes, it was Gündogan’s turn to stay in almost, receiving at the entrance to the area and kicking low, on the left post. Ten minutes later, Gonda made four incredible saves in a row, the last of which was a header by Gnabry, in the left corner.

Behold, the old maxim “who doesn’t do it, takes it” was present in Doha. Gradually, Japan found spaces and coach replacements Hajime Moriyasu gave the team more mobility. At 27, midfielder wataru endo he advanced to the left and found Ito in the area. The attacker hit and forced Neuer to a good defense. on the rebound, Hiroki Sakai (acting as a right winger after the entry of the side also Takehiro Tomiyasu), close to the right post, finished out.

In the next opportunity, the Asians didn’t waste it, with the participation of three players who came off the bench. At 30, again on the left, the striker Takumi Minamino received from Kaoru Mitoma, entered the area and hit. Neuer defended, but this time, the remainder was used and the midfielder was also Ritsu Doan (which, ironically, operates in the German Freiburg) sent it to the net.

The turnaround of the Samurais came in the 37th minute, again with the play starting from the sides, now the right. the striker Takuma Asano, another one who started the match in reserve, was launched at the back of the marking, entered the area and dropped the bomb on Neuer’s exit. The Germans launched an attack, trying to make up for the wasted opportunities, but desperation kicked in, to the delight of the Japanese crowd in Doha.

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