The DFB team loses against Japan.  Photo: IMAGO/Shutterstock/Dave Shopland

The DFB team loses against Japan. Photo: IMAGO/Shutterstock/Dave Shopland

Hansi Flick’s DFB team starts the World Cup in Qatar with a defeat. We rated all national players who played for at least 15 minutes with a detailed individual review.

Flick sat on the bench with a stony expression, his signals no longer had any effect. The German national team sent a remarkable signal with a strong “muzzle” gesture, but the hunt for the fifth World Cup star began with a terrible defeat: The DFB team lost 1: 2 to Japan in Ar-Rayyan (1: 0) and, like in 2018, is about to be eliminated in the preliminary round.

Ilkay Gündogan (33rd, penalty kick) scored the goal for the DFB selection at the Khalifa International Stadium. Bundesliga professionals Ritsu Doan (75th) and Takuma Asano (83rd) scored for the four-time Asian champions. The four-time world champions are under a lot of pressure in the second group game against Spain on Sunday. Last opponent in the preliminary round is Costa Rica (December 1).

In our picture gallery we have rated all national players who played for at least 15 minutes with a detailed individual review.



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