Germany 1-2 Japan: Player Rating as Bundesliga duo stun Die Mannschaft with late show

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Germany suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Japan on Wednesday, as two Bundesliga forwards entered the fray to strike late on.

Japan staged a sensational fightback to deal Germany a shock 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener as Bundesliga players Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano came off the bench to stun the four-time winners.

Germany made headlines by covering their mouths in a pre-match protest against FIFA’s decision to ban Manuel Neuer from wearing the OneLove armband, and they looked set to make a positive start in Group E when Ilkay Gundogan converted a first-half penalty.

Hansi Flick’s side then squandered several golden opportunities to put the game to bed before Freiburg forward Doan made them pay from a rebound 15 minutes from time.

With Germany chasing a winner, there was to be one final twist as Asano raced onto a long ball before firing beyond Neuer, leaving Die Mannschaft under huge pressure ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Spain.

Germany player ratings

  • Manuel Neuer (5) – Did not have to make a save until the 72nd minute, but it was a great save. Made another good stop minutes later but he parried the ball straight to Doan for the equaliser.
  • Niklas Sule (6) – Started at right-back but tucked inside and generally played as the right-sided centre-back in a three. He looked solid in this role but did not offer much going forward.
  • Antonio Rudiger (5.5) – Rudiger was a solid presence at the back, often cleaning up loose balls and mistakes from Schlotterbeck in the first half. But his marking was awful for Germany’s second.
  • Nicolas Schlotterbeck (5) – He struggled to deal with the pace of Japan’s right-hand side and gave away the ball a few times.
  • David Raum (7) – Was pushed further forward throughout the match and this allowed the pace Ito to get in behind on numerous occasions. However, he did bring a serious attacking threat down the German left and won them a penalty 31 minutes in.
  • Joshua Kimich (6) – Produced an excellent ball to Raum before he won the penalty.
  • Ilkay Gundogan (7) – Scored from the spot to put Germany in front.
  • Serge Gnabry (5) – Was often wasteful in possession, taking on shots in poor positions when a pass was the better option.
  • Thomas Muller (6.5) – Linked play well with a number of key passes but failed to test the Japan keeper himself.
  • Jamal Musiala (7) – A bright showing from the teenager who caused Japan issues with his quick feet and ability to dance between players.
  • Kai Havertz (5.5) – Pressed well from the front but did not offer much of a goalscoring threat.

Substitutes

  • Jonas Hoffman (5)
  • Leon Goretzka (5)
  • Mario Gotze (4)
  • Niclas Füllkrug (4)
  • Youssoufa Moukoko (N/A)

Japan player ratings

  • Shūichi Gonda (3.5)
  • Hiroki Sakai (5)
  • Kou Itakura (6.5)
  • Maya Yoshida (5)
  • Yuto Nagatomo (5.5)
  • Ao Tanaka (5)
  • Wataru Endo (4.5)
  • Junya Ito (6)
  • Daichi Kamada (5)
  • Takefusa Kubo (5)
  • Daizen Maeda (4.5)

Substitutes

  • Takehiro Tomiyasu (5)
  • Kaoru Mitoma (6)
  • Takuma Asano (6)
  • Ritsu Doan (6.5)
  • Takumi Minamino (5)

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