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World Cup: Japan Upsets Germany With Two Goals

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World Cup: Japan Upsets Germany With Two Goals

Germany’s World Cup campaign got off to the worst possible start after losing 1-2 to Japan in their opening group game.

Hansi Flick’s men dominated the first half and Gundogan’s 33rd minute penalty gave them a half-time lead. Havertz had a goal disallowed by VAR just before half-time and that proved to be crucial.

Japan were a different side in the second half and the attacking subsititutions were key as Doan and Asano netted in the last 15 minutes to shock Germany. Flick’s side could now be eliminated in the group stages for the second World Cup running.

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The Germans led for much of the match but when they needed Chelsea forward Havertz and his Bayern Munich strike partner Musiala to put the game to bed, they were left wanting.

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That allowed Japan to hit back with two late goals through Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano – both of whom ply their trade in the German Bundesliga – to secure a famous victory over the four-time World Cup winners.

Named in manager Hansi Flick’s starting lineup, Musiala, 19, made an uncharacteristically nervous start to the match. In the early stages, he resembled something he has not so far in his short career – a teenager playing with men. After just four minutes in the Khalifa International Stadium, Musiala failed to control a pass in his own half, losing possession which led to a rapid Japan counter-attack and an eventual corner.

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Another German attack fizzled out just eight minutes later when Musiala, in his familiar position hovering around the edge of the box, tried one dribble too many and again lost the ball. Musiala’s stuttering start dented the teenager’s confidence as he opted to pass in dangerous situations on several occasions.

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It was not until the second half when the teenager was able to overcome the nerves and recapture his form for Bayern, dribbling past four Japanese players in the 50th minute before blasting a shot over the bar. Havertz was increasingly anonymous as the game wore on, with Flick bringing on both debutants Niclas Fuellkrug and Youssoufa Moukoko in the dying stages in an attempt to save the match.

Germany face 2010 champions Spain next up and will need to find their form in front of goal if they are to avoid a second straight group stage exit at the World Cup while Japan take on Costa Rica.

Hammed Tajudeen is the Editor-In-Chief of Blaze Newz Nigeria, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication.

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