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World Cup 2022 in Qatar: Germany bankruptcy against Japan – this is how the end threatens

2022-11-24T11:08:14.998Z

As in 2018, Germany started the World Cup with a defeat. After the next game, the DFB team could already be out. If there is a tie, it gets complicated – the overview.



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Thomas Müller (centre)

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If the slide rule has to be taken out at tournaments, something has usually gone wrong in sporting terms - as with the German national team in the 1:2 defeat at the start of the World Cup against Japan.

“The knockout round started earlier for us,” said Thomas Müller.

Already on Sunday after the second tournament game against Spain (8 p.m., live ticker SPIEGEL.de; TV: ZDF, Stream: Magenta), national coach Hansi Flick can be selected.

It would be the second group out after the embarrassment at the last World Cup in Russia.

This happens when Germany loses against Spain and before that Japan scores at least one point against Costa Rica (11 a.m.).

The situation for the DFB-Elf will be complicated if there is a draw against Spain.

The constellations at a glance:

Germany loses to Spain...

... the end is sealed if Japan draws at least one point against Costa Rica beforehand.

... progress is still possible if Costa Rica wins against Japan.

Then Germany would have to beat Costa Rica and Japan would have to lose to Spain.

The team from the trio of Germany, Japan and Costa Rica with the best goal difference would be through with three points as group runners-up.

At the World Cup, if there is a tie, the better goal difference decides first and not the direct comparison.

If Germany draws against Spain...

... it will be difficult for the DFB team to remain in the tournament if Japan wins against Costa Rica beforehand.

Then Japan would have to beat the Spaniards as well and Germany would have to catch up on goal difference, which is eight goals worse than the Spaniards, with a big win against Costa Rica.

... Germany no longer has progress in their own hands if Japan draws against Costa Rica.

Then Spain and Japan (4 points) could overtake Germany (1) with a draw in a direct duel, regardless of Germany's result against Costa Rica.

However, progress would still be possible if there is a winner in the game between Spain and Japan.

... is still possible if Costa Rica beats Japan first.

Second place could still be achieved with a win against Costa Rica.

Germany wins against Spain...

... it all depends on the last game against Costa Rica.

With another victory, Germany would have reached the round of 16 in their own hands.

Then, compared to Japan and Spain, it could again be the goal difference that counts.

Four years ago in Russia there was a first round elimination after defeats against Mexico and South Korea and only one win against Sweden.

"In the end it comes up that the situation is similar and the situation doesn't feel good," said Müller.

Nevertheless, he tried to spread confidence: "We have the quality, the confidence and the style of play to beat Spain too."

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Source: spiegel

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