After previously the world’s football fans were shocked by the overthrow of favorite champion Argentina at the feet of Saudi Arabia some time ago, now football fans are shocked again by the fall of Germany. Facing Japan, who are representatives from the Asian zone in their first match in Group E, the four-time world champion had to be crushed with a narrow score of 1-2 at the end of the match.
Having taken the lead in the 33rd minute through Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty, Der Panzer had to be willing to drop points after The Blue Samurai managed to equalize in the 75th minute through Ritsu Doan, and overturned the lead through Takuma Asano’s goal when the match entered the 83rd minute.
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Of course, the minor results achieved by Germany made Manuel Neuer and his friends continue the negative trend when they met Asian representatives in the last two editions of the World Cup. As we all know, before being grounded by Japan in their inaugural match at the 2022 edition of the World Cup, the German national team also tasted the bitterness of losing to Asian representatives at the 2018 event.
At the time the tournament was held in Russia, Germany was in need of a win in order to open up a chance to advance to the knockout rounds. A mission that was actually not too difficult, considering that the opponent they faced at that time was South Korea, which on paper they could have defeated easily. What’s more, Germany’s two main rivals in Group F, namely Sweden and Mexico will tackle each other in the last game.
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However, everything turned around when Germany, who was so favored, was immersed in the final game. South Korea, which at that time was coached by coach Shin Tae Yong, succeeded in destroying the dream of the defending champion with a score of 2-0. The coach’s children, who are now in charge of the Indonesian national team, excelled through goals scored by Kim Young Gwon in the 90+4th minute and Son Heung Min in the 90+6th minute.
Even though in the other match Mexico was thrashed by Sweden with a score of 0-3, Germany was not helped at all because in the end, they only became the occupants of the bottom position under Sweden, Mexico and the Asian representatives they had previously underestimated, South Korea.
If you look at Germany’s journey in the last two World Cups, it looks like their bad luck is starting to change when they have to meet representatives of the Asian continent, huh!