Germans are disappointed after the World Cup disgrace, the national press is already fearing a new debacle: “It will not happen again”

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Germany national coach Hansi Flick complained about his team’s lack of efficiency in front of goal after the 1-2 defeat against Japan on the first matchday in World Cup group E. “This is extremely disappointing,” he told German broadcaster ARD. “We ended up leading 1-0, that was more than deserved. In terms of efficiency, Japan clearly beat us today.”

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The 57-year-old Flick criticized his team’s defensive performance in the decisive moments. “Those individual mistakes simply shouldn’t happen. We have to support the players now. We have two games left.” At the 2018 World Cup, the Germans fell in the group stage. Flick does not want to make a comparison with that disappointing tournament. “I was not there in 2018. That does not interest me.” The clash with Spain awaits on Sunday. “We have the qualities to beat Spain.”

Ilkay Gündogan, who gave Germany the lead after more than half an hour from the spot, thought that Die Mannschaft had made it too easy for Japan. “I mainly think of the second goal. I don’t know if there has ever been an easier goal scored at a World Cup. That may not happen. We had incredible chances up front. But we didn’t score that second goal.”

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In Germany itself, fear broke out in the press, with the disgrace of the 2018 World Cup in mind (when Die Mannschaft was eliminated in the group stage). “It’s not going to happen again, is it?”, said Bild, which speaks of a debacle start. “The Germans live with fear and trembling towards the match against Spain, which is already a final.”

“This was actually not an abnormal match for our national team,” was the Süddeutsche Zeitung cynically. “Bad in finishing, vulnerable on the counter and individual errors in defense. It’s been that way for a while now. We had hoped that things would go better at the World Cup, but that turned out not to be the case.”

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