"Germany's hara-kiri" - "It makes you spit away": International press comments on the World Cup embarrassment
Created: 11/23/2022, 6:28 p.m
By: Christoph Klaucke
The German national team loses the first game against Japan at the 2022 World Cup.
The international voices summarized.
Ar-Rayyan – Germany suffered a severe setback at the start of the 2022 World Cup.
The German national team lost 2-1 to Japan on Wednesday afternoon.
Ilkay Gündogan gave the DFB team the lead in the first half with a penalty kick (33rd minute).
But the Blue Samurai turned the game around after the break with goals from Ritsu Doan (76') and Takuma Asano (83').
The criticism of the eleven of national coach Hansi Flick is of course great after the defeat - also abroad.
We have summarized the international press comments.
Germany - Japan
Goals: Gündogan (33rd minute, FE), Doan (76th minute), Asano (83rd)
International press comments on the German World Cup debacle - Italy:
"La Repubblica": "The fall of the gods: After Argentina, Germany also falls."
"Gazzetta dello Sport": "Germany's hara-kiri: Japan pulls off the coup and wins 2-1 after catching up."
International press comments on the German World Cup debacle – Switzerland:
"Blick": "The spit stays away.
Instead of starting the World Cup with an easy victory, Germany is already in trouble after 90 minutes in Qatar.
(...) Japan creates the sensation.
And leaves the whole of Germany speechless.”
After the World Cup embarrassment against Japan, Germany is dissected by the international press.
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International press comments on the German World Cup debacle – Netherlands:
"Algemeen Dagblad": "Germany makes an impression with a statement, but doesn't let its legs speak and goes down against Japan.
Germany only impressed ahead of the game against Japan on Wednesday.
With a crashing statement against FIFA, the players gave a clear message.
The performance afterwards was much less convincing.
Which meant: Just like four years ago, the team experienced another unsuccessful start, this time with the 1: 2 against Japan.
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International press comments on the German World Cup debacle - Great Britain:
The Sun: "The Mexicans waved them goodbye four years ago.
And when the Mexican wave swept through the Chalifa Stadium, Germany could be on the way home again quickly thanks to the Japanese super substitutes.”
International press comments on the German World Cup debacle – Spain:
"AS": "Harakiri from Germany: Flick's men couldn't close a game they controlled and the Japanese spirit led to the second big upset of this World Cup."
Above all, Germany conceded the goals too easily.
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