December 1, 2022

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The German National Team and the Shadow of Failure Returning in Front of Our Eyes

The defeat of the German national team against Asian representatives, Japan in their first match in Group E left a worry for themselves Der Panzer. In the match against Japan, Germany, which was far more favored, had to fall after being grounded The Blue Samurai with a narrow score of 1-2. Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty kick, which he created in the 33rd minute, became meaningless after Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano managed to beat Manuel Neuer’s goal in the 75th and 83rd minutes.

The minor results achieved by Germany, of course, leave a concern about the fate of the German national team in the World Cup this time. The reason is, what Germany is facing is not much different from what they experienced at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. At that time, Germany, which holds the status as the defending champion, had to taste defeat in the first match against Mexico. Just like Japan, Mexico is a team that will mathematically be easily defeated by Germany. But unexpectedly, Germany actually crashed after Rodrigo Lozano’s single goal in the 35th minute could not be replied to until the fight ended.

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Even so, the composition of the group occupied by Germany this time is not much different from the 2018 edition. Just to remind you, at the 2018 World Cup, Germany occupied group F along with representatives of Sweden from the UEFA confederation, Mexico from the Concacaf zone and South Korea from the Asian zone or AFC. At that event, Germany, who was one of the top seeds, ultimately failed to progress from the group stage after only being able to win once out of three matches that had been undertaken. Germany’s record is that they lost 0-1 in their first match against Mexico, then got up and won 2-1 against Sweden, and failed again in their final match against South Korea with a score of 0-2.

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Meanwhile, for this edition, the composition of Group E which is inhabited by Germany contains Spain from the UEFA confederation, Costa Rica from the Concacaf zone, and finally, Japan from the Asian zone or AFC. Very identical right? And what’s even more unique is that, in both the 2018 and 2022 editions, Germany has always run aground when facing Asian representatives. This is a fact that has strengthened their shadow of failure in this edition of the World Cup.

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If you don’t want to repeat the bad memory of their failure at the 2018 World Cup, like it or not, Germany must get up soon, and make the most of the two remaining matches in group E. But keep in mind, the two remaining opponents that Germany must face are Costa Rica and Spain, who of course not an easy opponent for them.

So, will Germany reap another failure at the 2022 World Cup this time? The game against Spain will be the key!

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