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Focused on the start of the World Cup: national coach Hansi Flick. © Christian Charisius/dpa

Germany is playing Japan in the first World Cup group match today. We accompany the game from 2 p.m. here in our live ticker.

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Update from November 23, 11:43 am: It starts here in about two hours. On Tuesday evening, too Thomas Müller commented on the “One Love” debate. The discussion about the captain’s armband made a lot of headlines recently.

First report from November 23, 11:16 a.m.: Ar-Rayyan – Here we go! The German national soccer team will finally start the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday afternoon. There had been a lot of long-distance discussion beforehand. Now the focus is on football.

Germany has to play against Japan in Group E at the start. The four-time Asian champion is a strong opponent, peppered with Bundesliga quality: Ko Itakura (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Hiroki Ito, Wataru Endo (both VfB Stuttgart), Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ritsu Doan (SC Freiburg) and Takuma Asano (VfL Bochum) are in the Blue Samurai squad.

Germany vs Japan today in the live ticker: After the “One Love” scandal, it’s finally about football

In the press conference before the first game in Group E, Hansi Flick revealed himself “as a fan of Japanese football”. The national coach went on to say: “The players are very well trained, both tactically and technically. It is a very big task that awaits us.”

Who is Flick betting on at the start of the much-discussed World Cup, in which most recently the Twirl around the “One Love” armband was the focus? Already on Wednesday morning there was excitement about the German line-up against Japan.

Germany vs Japan today in the live ticker: Flick probably breaks the Bayern block in the lineup

pictureReporter Christian Falk reported from Qatar that there could be a surprise on the double six. “It’s a very, very close race,” said the expert a few hours before kick-off at the Khalifa International Stadium.

“We’re not completely sure yet. But we heard from the team that it is currently assumed that Gündogan will play. Goretzka was a bit battered lately.”

Germany vs Japan live today: Sané is missing, Gündogan probably in the starting XI

Leon Goretzka suffered a minor injury during the friendly in Oman. Flick could justify the Bayern star’s place in the bank and give City star Ilkay Gündogan confidence, as Falk continues. Thus he would avoid a first internal Zoff. One thing is clear: Leroy Sané will be out with slight knee problems.

Whoever is in the starting XI at the end: We accompany the German performance here in our live ticker. Also the colleagues from Merkur.de reports live about the gamefr.de also offers a ticker. (acl)

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