Victory goal for Japan: Germany's Manuel Neuer (left, FC Bayern) has to admit defeat to Takuma Asano (right, VfL Bochum).
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Victory goal for Japan: Germany’s Manuel Neuer (left, FC Bayern) has to admit defeat to Takuma Asano (right, VfL Bochum). © Robert Michael/dpa

After Germany’s World Cup embarrassment against Japan, there is frustration. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer clearly criticizes his defense and has a message for Fifa.

Munich/ ar-Rayyan- He’s obviously served: Even Manuel Neuer could do it World Cup disgrace of the German national team against outsiders Japan (1: 2) not turn away. The goalkeeper was FC Bayern still the best player in the DFB team – Neuer prevented Junya Ito from equalizing after 73 minutes.

Manuel Neuer: German captain criticizes DFB defense after World Cup defeat against Japan

Freiburg’s Ritsu Doan (76′) did this before Bochum’s Takuma Asano (83′) Germany after Ilkay Günndogan’s lead (33’/penalty) at the start of the World Cup 2022 shocked. The 28-year-old Japanese overcame Neuer with a cunning shot from an acute angle – duly accompanied by Nico Schlotterbeck. After the end of the game, the German captain clearly criticized the fact that a lot didn’t work out in defense – just like ARD expert Bastian Schweinsteiger.

“The goalscoring chances that were left behind are clear. We didn’t defend well at the back right up until the end,” Neuer said on ARD about the reasons for the unexpected defeat against the Asians: “Japan put pressure on us, attacked us one-on-one. We weren’t calm back then. We would have needed better positioning, like it was in the first half.”

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In the end, “this unconditional will was the deciding factor. Japan really wanted to get something, and we thought we’d get it done,” he said clearly: “After the game it’s difficult to understand how we could let that slip away.”

Manuel Neuer at the 2022 World Cup: FC Bayern goalkeeper has a message for Fifa

After the disappointing game at the Khalifa International Stadium, the Munich player still had a message for the world football association Fifa. The German selection had collectively covered their mouths for the team photo before kick-off.

With that wanted DFB team against the ban on the “One Love” bandage for captain Neuer protest. The short-term ban on the “One Love” bandage only on Monday was “madness” for him “in terms of timing”, said the goalkeeper.

Message to Fifa: The German national team is demonstratively covering its mouth before the World Cup defeat against Japan.
Message to Fifa: The German national team is demonstratively covering its mouth before the World Cup defeat against Japan. © IMAGO/ULMER

“One Love” bandage: German national team sets an example before the Japan game

“We may have our bandages taken, but we will never have our voice taken. And our values,” explained Neuer: “We stand up for human rights. That’s what we wanted to show. The fact that we may have let FIFA ban us from speaking – we may do that with the captain’s armband on the pitch, but we always stand for our values.” The idea came from within the team. “We really wanted to do something and we thought about what we could do. It was clear to us that we wanted to set an example,” said the FCB professional in Qatar: “That’s a pointer.” (pm)

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