It was a real thunderbolt for the Mannschaft… It was also a lesson for Joshua Kimmich’s team-mates, who showed less pressure after the break, giving the impression of managing their one-goal advantage. Gnabry’s header was saved by a vigilant Gonda on the line. The Germans’ inability to threaten at the end of the game will not reassure their fans…
The Mannschaft remains on a resounding failure with a group elimination at the 2018 World Cup. They can show a rejuvenated face, Hansi Flick having notably taken in his bags Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), 18, as well as Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), 19, who has already assumed a major role in the national team.
The Japanese quickly gave the Germans the ball in this match. And the Samurai Blue’s plan was clear: close down spaces and sting on counterattacks thanks to Ito’s speed on the right. It was a strategy that almost paid off when the Reims striker crossed for Maeda whose shot ended up in Neuer’s net… But the goal was finally disallowed for an offside position (8th). It was a first warning that did not really wake up a German team that was not very inspired in the offensive animation for a quarter of an hour. But that changed afterwards.
It’s a good thing the Germans didn’t take advantage of their dominance in the first half to put themselves in the clear. But Japan were able to react in the second half to get back into the game thanks to Doan (1-1, 75th). It’s a great way to get back into the game,” he said, “but it’s not the only way to get back into the game. It’s the only way to get back into the game.