LIVE – Germany-Japan: After being scared, Germany takes the lead thanks to Gündoğan

The Germans ostensibly hide their mouths in the pre-match photo

Strong gesture from the Germans, who hide their mouths just before their match against Japan.

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The strong gesture of the Germans, who are gagging their mouths in the photo, before their match against Japan © AFP

Gundogan transformed, Germany passes in front!

Lety is criminal confirmed! Gundogan takes charge of successfully transforming. Germany takes the lead! 1-0.

Foul on Raum, penalty for Germany!

The special for Kimmich. On a superb cross, the midfielder of Bayern finds Raum, mowed down by the Japanese goalkeeper Gonda! The referee does not flinch and whistles the penalty!

Another opportunity for Gundogan!

The second is engaged on the German side. On his side, Raum crosses but Gonda sends back. The ball lands in the feet of Gundogan who tries to resume. The Japanese save the furniture on their line!

Gundogan forgets Raum…

On the edge of the area, Gundogan sends a shot directly into Gonda’s gloves. The Manchester City midfielder could also have served Raum, lonely in the area on the left side.

Germans smoke control

Germany is gaining momentum over the last few minutes. Japan takes refuge in its last meters. Possession is also heavily in favor of the Mannschaft.

Check for potential penalty, play resumes

A main potential in the Japanese surface is checked by video arbitration. The referee interrupts play for a few seconds before finally signaling to resume. No dety penal for Germany.

Sakai and Itakura tangle

On a good center wrapped in the box, the two Japanese defenders are in the same place to receive the ball. Sakai’s head is controlled by his partner.

Gonda wins ahead of Kimmich!

Germany is accelerating. On a quick combination, the ball lands at Kimmich’s feet. On the outskirts of the surface, the Bayern midfielder takes a heavy strike but Gonda intervenes!

A somewhat dull atmosphere

For the moment, we cannot say that the Khalifa Stadium is boiling. Sequences of silence in the lair of Doha. However, many Japanese supporters made the trip.

Rudiger for the first German opportunity

On a corner, Kimmich kicks a cross towards Rudiger. The Real Madrid defender rises higher than everyone and tries to knock down a header that passes a short meter from the Japanese cages.

Small crutch for Sakai

On a long ball in the direction of Raum, Sakai intervenes and puts his foot forward. Small blow received on the ankle for the former Marseille but he gets up quickly. More fear than harm.

Waste among the Germans

Flick’s team tries to move the Japanese block in place up and down. For the time being, it is difficult to break the lock and small technical errors can pay for themselves against an effective team on the counter.

Japan responds with intensity

Big start to the match for the Japanese, like this first big warning on the German cages. The Japanese entered the game well.

Japan believes to open the scoring, offside reported!

The Germans lose balls at the start of the match. Japan exploits technical errors remarkably well. On the side, Ito is launched and crosses towards Maeda who cuts the trajectory. The Japanese striker thinks he opens the scoring but is flagged offside! Big scare for Neuer and his teammates.

Rudiger faster than Maeda

The Japanese attempt to retaliate with Maeda searching deep. In the race, the attacker comes up against a very fast Rudiger too.

Germany goes on the attack

The Germans settle in the Japanese half. With Musiala and Gnabry on the sides, danger can come from anywhere.

Neuer sets the pace

First phase of German possession. Neuer touches his first balloons from his cages, like an eleventh outfield player.

Let’s go !

The kick-off is given by the Germans, let’s go for Germany-Japan!

The hour of hymns

The 22 actors entered the lawn. Place for the national anthems now before the kick-off of the meeting at 2 p.m.

Japan must come to terms with the World Cup

Japan have won just one of their last eight FIFA World Cup games (D3 L4). It was in their opening match against Colombia in 2018 (2-1).

No real 9 for Germany

One of the keys to the meeting surely lies in the offensive configuration of Germany. With Kai Havertz at the forefront, the Mannschaft hopes to find the fault.

On the bench, the solutions also exist. Flu because of the climate, Fullkrug is on the bench.

Musiala’s World Cup debut

Author of a brilliant start to the season with Bayern Munich (12 goals and 11 assists in all competitions), Jamal Musiala will experience his debut in the World Cup. The spotlight is on the young Bavarian offensive leader, holder this afternoon.

Hans-Dieter Flick with Jamal Musiala in September 2022
Hans-Dieter Flick with Jamal Musiala in September 2022 © Icon Sport

Germans in rainbow colors

Before going to warm up on the pitch, the Germany players had rainbow colored tracksuits on the sleeves.

The composition of Japan also falls, Kubo holder

We know the starting XI of Japan. Hajime Moriyasu trusts his core men. Rémois Junya Ito is the holder, not Minamino.

The composition of Japan: Gonda – Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo – Endo, Kamada, – Ito, Tanaka, Kubo – Maeda.

Manuel Neuer should wear the “one love” armband

Germany draws the first. According to several journalists, especially Spanish, Manuel Neuer should wear the “one love” armband, despite the ban from Fifa, and the threat of a fine and a yellow card.

He would pay the fine out of his own pocket and assume to take a yellow card.

The composition of Germany is known

Goretzka and Sané are substitutes, the young Moukoko too

Neuer – Raum, Süle, Rüdiger, Schlotterbeck – Kimmich, Gündogan – Gnabry, Musiala, Havertz – Müller.

Hello and welcome to all for this live

First match of the competition for Germany, which returns with great ambitions, after the fiasco of the 2018 edition (eliminated in pool). Under the leadership of Hansi Flick, the former coach of Bayern, the Mannschaft combines very promising young people (Musiala…) and veteran world champions in 2014 (Neuer, Müller…). Opposite is a Japanese team with a very German accent since 6 players play in the Bundesliga. Kick-off at 2 p.m. on Bein Sports and to be followed live with commentary on the RMC and RMC Sport website and app. And of course on the 100% World Cup digital radio produced by RMC for the occasion.

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