Germany vs Japan Live Updates and Score: World Cup 2022 Match Analysis and News

November 23, 2022 at 8:46 a.m European daylight saving time

Japan is not out of this

From what we have seen so far, Japan can harm Germany. Raum was obviously dangerous in possession but there’s plenty of space between him and Schlotterbeck in defense and Japan – Junya Ito in particular – looks dangerous in the bottom right areas. There are still teeth in the pressing too, so Germany have to be careful when it comes to getting the ball down the field.

Four minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:41 a.m European daylight saving time

Ilkay Gündogan opens the scoring

Exactly the start that the Germans needed after the last tournaments.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:38 a.m European daylight saving time

And…

David Raum reminds JJ Bull of Leonardo Spinazzolo. Meanwhile, The Athletic’s Dermot Corrigan draws another comparison on Twitter – fair enough as Raum finds all sorts of spaces and seems to be the only German player the Japanese aren’t quite sure what to do with.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:33 a.m European daylight saving time

Goal GERMANY (1-0)

So: Kimmich injects a pass deep into the penalty area for Raum, which cuts back and appears to be clipped by Gonda. Then, just as he’s getting to his feet, Raum is knocked down by the keeper.

If the first tackle wasn’t a penalty, the second definitely was and VAR agrees.

Gündogan gives him the eyes from the spot and Germany in the lead.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:31 a.m European daylight saving time

Penalty GERMANY

But we go to VAR …

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:30 a.m European daylight saving time

pressure increases

The German shots add up. Gundogan is the last to try, but his efforts head straight for Gonda. The keeper holds out and we’re still down to half an hour.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:24 a.m European daylight saving time

Column is pressed

A pressing trigger has emerged: As soon as Sule gets the ball, he comes under pressure from all sides. The Japanese sniffs a turnover every time he gets the ball down the right side.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:22 a.m European daylight saving time

Saved!

Well, well held by Shuichi Gonda, who smashes away an ascending Kimmich drive from distance.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:20 a.m European daylight saving time

JJBull says:

JJ is sitting next to me and has drawn a parallel between this German start and how the Italians played during Euro2020 – David Raum is his Leonardo Spinazzola.

JJ also wears a Messi 10 Argentina shirt… he had a day off yesterday so no one tells him what happened.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:16 a.m European daylight saving time

Yesterday from the media director of the DFB

“FIFA has banned us from using a symbol for diversity and human rights. They combined this with massive threats of sports sanctions without specifying them.”

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:09 a.m European daylight saving time

Goal… no, offside!

Japan super break after Gundogan is deprived of possession but Maeda strays just past the last man. A big disappointment for Germany, where the defensive cracks are already noticeable.

Japan look *fast*

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:05 a.m European daylight saving time

We are away

Nice rhythm so far. Germany have made some reconnaissance attacks in the Japanese half and Kai Havertz – who now plays as False Nine – has already invaded Maya Yoshida. It seems clear to me that Hansi Flick demanded a proactive start from his players.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 7:56 a.m European daylight saving time

Hello Nick Miller!

Nick is back from his trip to Qatar and just stopped by my desk. Good to have him back; Here’s what he plans to do with Laurie Whitwell:

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 7:47 a.m European daylight saving time

Where is Mitoma?

Considering how good he’s been for Brighton this season, I’m a bit disappointed not to see Kaoru Mitoma start for Japan – especially as it would be fun to see a fight with Niklas Sule.

Sule will play at right-back today and will try to get up front as often as possible. Then expect him to look like that big boulder from Indiana Jones as he rolls up the field.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 7:37 a.m European daylight saving time

German editions

In Germany there is not much confidence in this World Cup. Understandable, because Hansi Flick has all sorts of problems to deal with. The lack of an orthodox No 9 is perhaps the most important of these – German football in general resents that in a chin-stroking, existential way – and concerns about the defense are well placed too. Nico Schlotterbeck has had a bad season in Dortmund so far, Niklas school wasn’t much better and Antonio Rüdiger couldn’t secure a regular place at Real Madrid.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 7:31 a.m European daylight saving time

Germany vs Japan

Hi! Chance of a few goals?

Looking at some of the attacking players on this pitch, we should be fine this time – of course, apologize to everyone in advance for just condemning us to another 90 minutes (+32) of goalless football.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 7:10 a.m European daylight saving time

Team news breakdown

There aren’t too many surprises in the German team. The big topic of conversation ahead of the line-up announcement was Sane’s replacement.

I put forward the idea that Müller – whose World Cup record is fantastic – would start and he did. Between him, Musiala, Gnabry and Havertz there will be a lot of rotations that Japan will have to deal with so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

It looks like Sule will play at right-back, something the attacking players in Moriyasu’s squad could look forward to. Ito, Kamada and Kubo are very dynamic strikers, so they could target the Dortmund defender as a weak point.

It’s a little surprising to see Arsenal’s Tomiyasu among the substitutes, but he’s had plenty of injury problems this season, which is probably the reason for his omission.

The veteran duo of Yoshida and Nagatomo – with a combined age of 70 – will begin with Moriyasu, hoping their experience will shine through.

(Photo: David Ramos – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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