Defending champions Germany were stunned in their first match at the FIFA World Cup. Germany lost to Japan and largely failed to take advantage of their dominance in the second. Even though Germany lost, the team remains in good shape. The most significant weak point for the Germans was their transition defense, but the backline still needs to be set up as well as it could be.
- Germany’s biggest weakness was transition defense.
- Gundogan netted his first World Cup goal.
- Serge Gnabry has blossomed into one of the Bundesliga’s best talents.
- Germany’s backline isn’t locked in.
- Rubio’s move to the Japan area signaled a victory for the European team.
- Canada tired precipitously in the second half.
- Spain vs. Germany clashes
Germany’s biggest weakness was transition defense.
Germany Lost to Japan – During the heyday of the Third Reich, Germany was a front-line player in European affairs. The Holy Roman Empire was not immune to French expansion, and Austria acted as a bulwark against French aggression.
The 3rd Reich was a military powerhouse with all the hardware needed to wage a modern war. The country was also the first to have an operational nuclear power plant. Nevertheless, the economy was fully mobilized for war in 1943. It took a while for Germany to put its best foot forward in World War II.
The most apparent reason was that the country was an important trading partner. Its main rivals were France and the Soviet Union. Its most significant exports were energy, a commodity it has now become less reliant on.
The economy stumbled upon the invasion of Russia. The country’s GDP tailed off from its pre-war peak of around $21 trillion. Nonetheless, a recent IMF report claimed that Germany showed signs of recovery in 2021. The government was making noises about increased liquidity support to firms and relief for vulnerable households. In October, Russia warned that its “quasi-civil infrastructure” could be a target.
Gundogan netted his first World Cup goal.
Despite failing to defend their 2014 World Cup title, Ilkay Gundogan has come a long way since his debut for Germany four years ago. His goals have been impressive both for the club and country. He scored eight goals in 42 games for Germany between 2011 and 2020.
The German midfielder has also impacted the World Cup stage, netting nine goals in 22 games for the country. He has registered no goals in Russia, however. He has been selected in Germany’s squads for UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.
Germany took an early lead when Gundogan converted a penalty. He stepped up to the line and shot into the left side of the net. The goal seemed to give Germany the advantage, but Japan responded in the second half.
The goal was the simplest ever scored in a World Cup tournament. It came after a cross by Junya Ito was allowed to cross the line.
In the second half, Germany had several chances. They almost doubled their lead, but Kai Havertz’s strike was offside. Another good luck came when Serge Gnabry clipped a crossbar.
The game was dominated by Germany, who had almost 80 percent possession. They continued to press for a second goal and had several chances to make it two.
Serge Gnabry has blossomed into one of the Bundesliga’s best talents.
Having blossomed into one of the best talents in the Bundesliga, Serge Gnabry has already been voted Bayern’s Player of the Season. The 25-year-old has made a tremendous start to the season, scoring eight goals in 15 Bundesliga games and four assists. He has also impacted the Champions League, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win against Chelsea.
Gnabry has been playing professionally since 2016, but he has been at Bayern Munich since last summer. He is also a regular on Germany’s national team. He has been included in Hansi Flick’s 26-Man squad for Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup.
As a youngster, Gnabry was a sprinter. He played in the youth squad of Arsenal and also participated in their U-18s. At 16, he signed a contract with the club. He was assigned the number 22 jersey and was a team member until the end of the season.
Gnabry started his career in the Premier League with Arsenal, where he made a couple of appearances and scored a goal. After struggling to get a regular first-team spot, he spent three months on loan at West Bromwich Albion. He also spent a season on loan at Hoffenheim.
Germany’s backline isn’t locked in.
Despite taking the lead early, Germany failed to get their act together in the first half against Japan, which allowed Japan to take control of the game. In the second half, Germany created few chances, while Japan defended poorly and was never at full strength. A draw isn’t out of the question, but it’s also likely to be a long way off.
Japan had a wealth of dynamic attackers, with Kaoru Mitoma providing creativity down the left, while Ritsu Doan proved a real nuisance. Doan took advantage of a lapse in concentration by Neuer and finished the ball above the goalkeeper from a tight angle.
Germany’s backline isn’t locked in against Japan, but it’s likely to consist of Antonio Rudiger and Niklas Sule, who will likely play as a pair. David Raum is also an option, playing on the wing for his club.
In Germany’s first World Cup match since 2014, the new look team had several problems to solve before kickoff. Hajime Moriyasu made some excellent substitutions, and it showed. In the final five minutes, Japan scored twice to take the lead. They never really gave up.
Rubio’s move to the Japan area signaled a victory for the European team.
During World War II, Japan had its moment in the sun in the Southeast Asian theater of operations. The country’s military might was on the rise, but its rivals had not obliterated the Navy. A slew of naval victories paved the way for a reborn navy whose commanders opted for a less risky route to success.
Japan opted to join the fray as a resurgent nation on the cusp of a war with the U.S. The country felt its presence in the South Pacific as early as 1941 and was the most active nation on the peninsula by the summer of 1942. The military-centric ethos was in full swing by the end of the year.
Despite Japan’s impressive feats in the Pacific, the nation’s war effort was dogged by several disputes, including a civil war in the Philippines and insurgencies in Manchuria and the Korean peninsula. While Japan was never quite as ruthless as its neighbors, the country still saw bloody battles.
The Korean War was the most bloody, with over 520,000 casualties, a quarter million missing, and nearly all of the nation’s burgeoning military relegated to the sidelines.
Canada tired precipitously in the second half.
Despite a grueling journey to Doha, Canada’s first World Cup outing was a resounding success. It was Canada’s best-ever showing in any international competition.
This is especially true considering their mediocre performance in the qualifying tournaments, which were played in the early morning hours in the name of global soccer parity.
While Canada did not score many goals, they did their fair share of good soccer. Aside from their opening match, they also beat Morocco in a scoreless draw and Ecuador in a tame affair.
Canada’s performance in this tournament should boost them before they have to contend with a top-notch roster in the group stage. It is also important to note that this is their first-ever game in Qatar, so their preparations should be lauded for all they are worth.
Despite their grueling trip to Doha, Canada still had their fair share of nerves. They also managed to squeeze out the best possible performance in their first game, albeit in an early heat.
Their opponents, Japan, likewise, will have their work cut out for them. It should be no surprise that Canada will have to do some homework before it can be counted among the world’s best.
Spain vs. Germany clashes
Among the biggest clashes at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Spain and Germany will clash in a Group E match on Sunday, November 27. This match will be a blockbuster European clash broadcast on BBC One in the U.K.
Germany is looking to bounce back from its opening-day loss to Japan. They are also on a mission to end their World Cup misery. They will seek a victory against Spain to reclaim their place in the group stages.
Spain will start the game as slight favorites. The team has enjoyed a good run of form since Luis Enrique took over as coach. They have lost just once in nine matches.
The team has only conceded one goal in nine matches and has kept five clean sheets. They have also demonstrated a pressing style of play. They may try to exploit this as a way of securing victory.
Spain is one of the top teams in international football. They have produced average performances in the last two World Cups. Their best performances have come against nations that take the game to them. They also have a good record against Germany.