Khalifa International Stadium (Doha) : Here are the Highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Football Match between Germany vs Japan straight from Khalifa International Stadium in Doha
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Japan beat Germany 2-1
Full-time! Japan have beaten 4-time champions Germany 2-1 in a Group E match. This is probably the second biggest shock of the Qatar World Cup, after Argentina’s defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Germany vs Japan: Goretzka’s effort goes wide
Japan keeping their focus intact to prevent any possibility of a late equaliser. Germany putting in long balls but have had no luck so far. Leon Goretzka’s effort from outside the box goes wide.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Time running out for Germany
Japan reserved their energy for the end and they have made the Germans pay for their lapse in concentration. Just minutes to for Germany to make a comeback.
Germany vs Japan: Takuma Asano SCORES
Against all odds, Japan are into the lead. Takuma Asano receives a brilliant long pass and beats Manuel Neuer from close range. The German camp is absolutely stunned.
Germany vs Japan LIVE: GOAL
Japan’s persistent efforts pay off. They have the equaliser, thanks to a rebound shot from Ritsu Doan. Neuer had saved the first shot but wasn’t in the position to save the second. It’s 1-1 now.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Manuel Neuer prevents Japan equaliser
Manuel Neuer comes to Germany’s rescue with an astonishing save to deny Japan an equaliser. The Asian side is turning up the heat and Germany need to be wary. Junya Ito couldn’t believe his luck.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Another opportunity goes begging
Jonas Hofmann had an excellent opportunity to score Germany’s second but the goalkeeper made an astonishing save. Serge Gnabry also tried to get the better of Shuichi Gonda but no avail.
Germany vs Japan: Two subs for the Germans
Thomas Muller and Ilkay Gundogan off for Germany. Jonas Hoffman and Leon Goretzka are on for in their places.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Gundogan’s shot hits the post
Ilkay Gundogan drifts into the box to give his teammate support and finds himself n opportunity to score. His shot crashes onto the post as another German attack fails to find a fruitful end.
Germany vs Japan: Musaial misses big opportunity
Jamal Musiala with another opportunity to double Germany’s lead but his shot goes over the crossbar from inside the box. He needs to be doing better in these positions.
Germany vs Japan LIVE: Gnabry’s effort is off target
Serge Gnabry with an early chance to double Germany’s lead but his effort goes over the crossbar. It was a superb run and pass by Thomas Muller but Gnabry just couldn’t keep his shot down.
Germany vs Japan: First-half stats
Germany have enjoyed 81% possession in the first half. They’ve had 13 attempts in total and 4 of them have been on target. Japan, on the other hand, have had just one attempt which wasn’t on target. Utter dominance from the Germans but they only lead by 1 goal.
Germany vs Japan LIVE: Havertz goal rules offside
Kai Havertz scored from the pointblank range to double Germany’s lead but VAR intervened to term his effort offside. Germany’s search for the second goal will now resume in the second half. After 45 minutes, it’s Germany 1-0 Japan.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Germany in desperate search for second
Ilkay Gundogan strikes from distance, hoping to bag his second goal, but his shot from long range is blocked by the defenders. Joshua Kimmich then unleashed a first-time shot from outside the box but his effort went over the crossbar.
Germany vs Japan: Gundogan slots in opener for the Germans
David Raum was brought down in the box by the Japan goalkeeper and Ilkay Gundogan converted it with calm and composure. A much-needed goal for Germany who were attacking relentlessly.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Germany turn on the heat
Multiple attempts at the goal by Germans in the same move but Japan somehow kept their slate clean. Germany are on the front foot and need to convert these chances now.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Germany’s penalty claim denied by VAR
Germany’s penalty demand saw the referee make use of VAR but the claim didn’t materialise. Still just one shot on target by the Germans. The Japanese are defending quite well deep into their own half.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Germany’s unique protest
Meanwhile, Germany’s players covered their mouths during the team photo before their World Cup opener against Japan on Wednesday in an apparent protest over FIFA’s refusal to allow rainbow-themed armbands.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Rudiger’s header off target
Antonio Rudiger’s header off target. A great ball from the corner by Joshua Kimmich and the German defender’s header just misses the target. Promising signs for Germany.
Germany vs Japan LIVE: Plenty of possession for Germany
Some exquisite short passes being exchanged between German players but no shot on target yet. The possession is with the Germans but they need to have a little more creativity.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Offside flag denies Japan
Japan seemed to have opened the scoring on a strong counter-attack but the offside flag soon came up, giving the Germany camp a relief.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Germany start aggressively
Nico Schlotterbeck looked to unleash Kai Havertz with a long ball but Japan defenders reacted in time to nullify the move. Serge Gnabry then had the opportunity to dribble past a few players and enter the penalty box but the ball was soon taken off his feet.
Germany vs Japan: National anthems are over
The national anthems are over, and it’s time for the football action to begin. Germany start as the favourites but they do understand how tricky the Japanese can be.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: The 2018 Round of 16 heartbreak for Japan
Back in 2018, Japan were 2-0 up against Belgium in the Round of 16 before a late turnaround saw them suffer a 3-2 defeat. The heartache is still alive in the hearts of many of their players.
FIFA World Cup LIVE: Can Japan do what South Korea did in 2018?
Germany suffered a horrific defeat at the hands of South Kore in the 2018 campaign. The result knocked them out of the tournament. Japan will be looking to do what their fellow Asian side did 4 years ago.
Germany vs Japan LIVE: Goretzka only on bench
It’s a little surprising seeing Leon Goretzka on the bench. The midfielder has been Joshua Kimmich’s long-standing partner in the midfield at Bayern Munich. Niklas Sule as a right-back is also a surprising call considering he is primarily a center-back.
Qatar World Cup LIVE: Dominant Germany look to begin in style
Germany have arrived in their 17th consecutive FIFA World Cup finals after an utterly dominant qualifying campaign that saw them amass a total of 27 points (W9, L1).
Germany vs Japan LIVE: Jamal Musiala starts for the Germans
GER XI: Neuer; Süle, Rüdiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum; Kimmich, Gündogan; Gnabry, Müller, Musiala; Havertz.
JPN XI: Gonda; Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Endo, Ito; Kamada, Tanaka, Kubo; Maeda.