If Argentina’s bump was Qatar’s first 2022 earthquake, a replica of a similar caliber was experienced at Khalifa Stadium. Germany shot itself in the foot for not knowing how to close a game that surprisingly turned Japan’s second unit. The Blue Samurai instilled fear in the German giant’s body shortly after the start, when Tanaka stole a ball from Gundogan to mount a dazzling counter-attack that would not have ended in a disallowed goal if Maeda missed the timing of a neat had a striker. not to go offside. It was minute 8 and the panorama was already clear. Moriyasu had stretched his barbed wire with two tight lines, hoping to accelerate on the counter. Meanwhile, Müller and Musiala were digging inside looking for cracks. The first appeared on minute 20, but Gonda blocked it hard from a dry shot from Kimmich. It was the first of many for the Shimizu meta. From there, Flick’s men tried to entertain on the inside to surprise on the outside with a Raum in width with more and more time against a completely compressed Japan. The Leipzig side had already warned before receiving a joy from Kimmich to face Gonda. The Japanese goalkeeper kicked the defender down and Gundogan converted the maximum penalty kick.
Japan was what little Kubo could have come up with and Kamada was completely off. With Germany circulating fluidly and quickly, the damage could be even greater towards the end of the first act, but the semi-automatic offside seemed to save the Japanese to nullify Havertz’s goal, after another arrival from outside German. Germany had been playing manually and getting some revenue.
The start of the second half was dizzying. In the previous one, Flick had waited for Müller to the end and his talisman repaid him with a chair to read. Gnabry wanted to get the most out of it, but his shot went past the crosshead. It was the preamble to a feline Musiala, who nearly signed one of the plays so far in the tournament after breaking a bunch of defenders in the area. Japan tried to wake up and Germany did not condemn. On the hour mark, Gündogan almost took the prize for his solvent play, but the post deflected his shot after Musiala’s umpteenth drive. The chances fell and fell, but the second didn’t come and Germany would pay for it. Gonda had grown to support Japan and the departure of Doan, Mitoma, Minamino, and Asano filled Moriyasu with arguments. The Japanese went downhill and Flick helped by retiring Gundogan. Disorder and panic. Neuer was able to respond to Ito’s first, even the second, but couldn’t more with Doan’s scoreless shot. Japan leveled and no longer slowed in its momentum. Vertical and direct, she had freed herself from complexes and wanted more. Asano received long and into space, against a passive Schlotterbeck, who could not even threaten the advanced Japanese. The striker thanked the gesture with a right hand that completed the punishment for Germany and for Flick.
T. Tomiyasu (45′, T. Kubo), T. Asano (56′, Mr. Maeda), K. Mitoma (56′, Y. Nagatomo), Leon Goretzka (66′, I. Gundogan), J Hofmann (66′, T. Muller), R Don (70′, A. Tanaka), T Minamino (73′, H. Sakai), Nicholas volcano (78′, K. Havertz), M Gotze (78′, J. Musiala), Y. Moukoko (89′, Serge Gnabry)
1-0, 32′: Gundogan1-1, 74′: Ritsu Don1-2, 82′: Asano