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FIFA World Cup: Results and reactions from day three in Qatar
Germany and Japan meet today in Group E of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
For Germany, the match represents a chance to move on from a brutal world title defense four years ago when Die Mannschaft they followed up their triumph in Brazil in 2014 with a group stage exit in Russia. The latter tournament was Germany’s penultimate competition under Joachim Low before he oversaw last summer’s 16-man trip to England for the Euros. Now Hansi Flick leads his nation at a major tournament for the first time as he looks to help restore their status as one of world football’s superpowers.
Japan, meanwhile, will play the role of underdogs but will be inspired by Saudi Arabia’s stunning 2-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday and can also take faith from their 2018 World Cup campaign, which saw them reach the last 16 and almost pull off a shock. Belgium go even further. However, this clash with Germany is not the only tough test for player Hajime Moriyasa; Group E also includes Spain, as well as Costa Rica, which the Spaniards will face this afternoon.
Follow all the action on our live blog below after the Morocco vs Croatia match.
Germany 0:0 Japan
5 mins: Musiala puts the ball in midfield this time and Ilkay Gundogan has to cover it – Japan with the first corner of the game.
Headed comfortably away by Gnabry.
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 1:05 p.m
Germany 0:0 Japan
2 mins: Great start from Germany, Musiala gets involved from the edge – wins the ball in the middle of the park but can’t quite find the right pass into the box.
Japan sit, quite deep in their form soon…
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 1:03 p.m
Germany vs Japan: kick off!
At the Khalifa International Stadium, this opening match of Group E!
Germany in their traditional white shirts and black shorts and Japan in navy blue shirts and white shorts.
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 1:00 p.m
Germany vs Japan: Reminder of the teams!
Germany: Neuer; Schlotterbeck, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Havertz
Japan: Gonda; Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Ito, Nagatomo; Endo, Tanaka; Kubo, Kamada, Maeda
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:58 p.m
Germany vs Japan: The teams are out!
It’s an amazing sight at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha as the two starting XIs take to the pitch!
Now it’s time for national anthems!
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:57 p.m
Germany vs Japan: We’re almost ready for the Khalifa International Stadium!
Germany are looking to bounce back after a disappointing two tournaments, a group stage exit four years ago in Russia and a last 16 exit at Euro 2020.
Japan, who came so close to knocking out Belgium in 2018, will be aiming for an upset in Doha!
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:52 p.m
Germany vs Japan: Germany have ‘opportunity’ to wear OneLove armband at World Cup, vice-chancellor claims
German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said he would wear the colorful “OneLove” armband at the 2022 World Cup and see what happened, but added that it was not up to him to decide what national team captain Manuel Neuer would do.
Habeck’s comments on Tuesday came amid a row over the symbol in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
Asked by ZDF whether the players should wear the armband, Habeck said: “I’m not the media advisor of the DFB (German Football Association) and I’m not Manuel Neuer, but the opportunity is there.
“I’m a politician trying to do my job properly, but what would happen if this happened now? I would like to know and risk it,” he added.
The comments come after soccer’s global governing body, FIFA, cracked down on players wearing armbands to promote diversity at this year’s World Cup.
In response, Rewe, one of Germany’s largest supermarket chains, canceled its advertising campaign with the DFB.
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:47 p.m
Germany vs Japan: Germany’s ‘Bambi’ Jamal Musiala is no longer a deer in the spotlight
German fans will be hoping Bayern Munich wonderkid Jamal Musiala will dent their title chances ahead of the tournament once the World Cup gets underway, with the teenager quickly becoming a key player in Hansi Flick’s side.
Few would have thought just two years ago that Musiala, with his slight frame, medium height and innocent demeanor, would become one of the leaders of Germany’s 2022 World Cup squad and Bayern’s second top scorer so far this season.
A Germany and England youth international, Musiala opted to play for his native country at senior level with then Germany coach Joachim Low giving him his first start last year.
In some 18 months he became indispensable with his exceptional reading of the game in midfield, his speed, change of pace and turns and his ability to score goals which proved vital.
“Jamal has that completeness that is so good for us as a team,” Flick said of the player he knows from his Bayern coaching days.
Nicknamed Bambi by his Bayern teammates for his youthful looks, Musiala is nothing more than a deer caught in the headlights on the pitch. He has collected seven goals and four assists in the Bundesliga so far.
While he enjoys his role as an attacking midfielder, he is equally at ease as a winger or even as a defensive midfielder.
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:40 p.m
Germany vs Japan: When East Germany met the West in one of the biggest shocks of the World Cup
The East German squad and management team were all smiles after arriving at Hamburg Airport in light gray jackets, green shirts and yellow ties. The departure for their camp at Quickborn was delayed when it was necessary to find a replacement bus like the one marked “DDR” (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) and the flag meant to pick them up disappeared. Since West Germany didn’t even recognize the GDR as a proper country – the national tabloid Bild he even referred to the east in quotation marks – no surprise there. No doubt the trifle was documented in detail by one of the tourists.
At their base for the first group stage, agents of the German Ministry of State Security’s Socialist Unity Party, better known as the Stasi, loosened their surveillance a bit among the entourage, presumably impressed by the opportunity to sample some of the delights of the West. Thanks to this newfound freedom, the owners of the Sporthotel in Quickborn organized a trip to the Reeperbahn. The night on the tiles beckoned.
The West German hosts even offered everyone in the East German delegation free television. The officials refused – fraternizing with the West was a strict no-no, rather accepting illegal Western goods – but some players noticed that by the time they left, all the televisions were gone.
A 2–0 win over Australia in East Germany’s first ever match at the World Cup finals was followed four days later by a 1–1 draw with Chile in their second match. A somewhat unexpected goalless draw between their first two opponents, just hours before kick-off, meant that their third push eased. Both West Germany and East Germany have already qualified for the knockout stages, leaving the hot topic of the most politically charged football match of all time aside.
The coaches of the DDR-Oberliga teams were invited to attend the all-German encounter, but Hans Meyer, the coach of Carl-Zeiss Jena, was notable for his absence. “I had a stomach ache that day and had to stay home,” Meyer later recalled. Meyer is known in Germany for his sarcasm and irony – he certainly wasn’t sick on the day of the match.
He turned down the offer on the grounds that he had to catch the 4am train from Gera, then “travel with the fans to Hamburg, wave the hammer and sickle flag, be looked at by the other fans as some exotic creature. straight back on the train after the match and then come home in the middle of the night”. He saw first hand the absurdity of the situation and was probably watching the game at home, fires flag.
Kieran JacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:33 p.m
Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension with Man City
Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension with Manchester City, tying him to the Etihad club until 2025.
The 51-year-old previously had eight months left on his contract, which expires at the end of the current season.
Guardiola held talks with City management in Abu Dhabi during the Premier League’s World Cup mid-season break.
The Premier League champions have taken the break in the regular schedule as an opportunity to secure Guardiola’s future.
Alex PattleNovember 23, 2022 12:30 p.m