5 reasons why the German national team lost 1-2 to Japan in the 2022 World Cup will be discussed by Okezone in this article. A quite surprising result was seen after the Germany vs Japan match in the first match of Group E because Der Panzer fell 1-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday.
Germany actually played well because they were able to take the lead through Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty kick in the 33rd minute. The 1-0 score lasted until the first half ended.
However, at the end of the second half Japan was able to rise. Ritsu Doan’s goal in the 75th minute broke Germany’s concentration. Japan scored again in the 83rd minute thanks to Takuma Asano’s action.
Germany also lost 1-2 to Japan in that match. So what caused Germany to lose to the team nicknamed the Blue Samurai?
Here are 5 reasons why the German national team lost 1-2 to Japan in the 2022 World Cup:
- Don’t Have a Sharp Striker
Kai Havertz is trusted to be the spearhead of Germany against Japan. Havertz is in charge of being a shadow striker because Der Panzer doesn’t have a reliable striker.
In fact, Germany has Timo Werner, but the RB Leipzig player did not participate in the 2022 World Cup due to injury. Not having a pure striker makes it difficult for Germany to score goals.
- Tight Japanese Defense
In the first half, Japan played passively, aka just defending. They take advantage of counterattacks when attacking.
The dense defense made it difficult for Germany to score goals in the end. Even Germany had difficulty getting into the Japanese penalty box.
- Substitutions went well for Japan
The decision of the coach of the Japanese national team, Hajime Moriyasu, in substituting players was very effective. Evidently, two players who were just included in the second half, namely Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, were the scorers for Japan in that match.
- Hansi Flick Fails to Use Ball Possession and Substitutions
Germany coach Hansi Flick failed to take advantage of his team’s possession of the ball. Germany actually had more than 70 percent possession, but they still couldn’t score.
Hansi Flick’s decision to change players was also not effective. The entry of Leon Goretzka, Nicklas Fullkrug, Mario Gotze, Jonas Hofmann, and Youssoufa Moukoko did not have any positive impact on Japan’s game.
- Japan Dare to Attack in the Second Half
When in the first round, Japan played a total defense. However, in the second half Hajime Moriyasu asked his players to play attacking.
The decision turned out well. By playing short passes and through balls, Japan was able to play more effectively in the second half and two goals were created.