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November 23, 2022 at 10:02 a.m European daylight saving time

FT: Germany 1 – 2 Japan

Amazing result!

A tale of brave substitutions and a Japanese performance that never lost heart, even when losing a goal and despite appearing mesmerized at times by Jamal Muisala’s footwork.

The investigation will be brutal in Germany, but hopefully that doesn’t detract attention from what a brave comeback this was. A wonderful day for Japanese football.

Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:56 a.m European daylight saving time

family tensions

I can report some “negativities” in my family WhatsApp group at home. A few disapproving Empjis too.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:52 a.m European daylight saving time

Japanese celebrations

Amazing scenes as the entire Japanese bench emptied in celebration and the cameras panned around the stadium, capturing the fans in mad joy.

Now into stoppage time.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:48 a.m European daylight saving time

Takuma Asano puts Japan ahead

All the talks before the tournament revolved around the German defense and that let them down… hugely.

A big long ball over the top is brought down brilliantly by Takuma Asano, who then runs past Schlotterbeck before drilling home between Neuer and the near post. Terrible defense and Germany is now in a world of problems.

But… but… but… look at Asano’s first touch.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:44 a.m European daylight saving time

Goal JAPAN 2-1

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:43 a.m European daylight saving time

And Matt is back after equalizing

Matt has no doubts as to who the neutral’s favorite is:

“Wow, the place just erupted. I thought that was a mostly Japanese crowd, now we all know. It’s either that, or everyone without a dog in this fight loves knocking down European powerhouses a peg or two.”

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:42 a.m European daylight saving time

Matt Slater got in touch from Doha

Matt just texted me with some observations from the press box:

“One of the most striking things about the stadium is the lack of the usual fan base from Germany. At a typical World Cup one would expect to see at least 3,000 traveling fans but there is nowhere near that number in the Khalifa for this game. If we speak to seasoned observers of these things, the estimate is that fewer than 800 fans made the journey to the group stage, and it’s certainly true that the official fan group isn’t running its usual “fan embassy” program here this month Germans Fans were also completely outdone (and drummed) by their Japanese counterparts, who didn’t stop the whole game despite Germany being the better team by far.”

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:39 a.m European daylight saving time

Goal JAPAN 1-1

AND YOU ARE LEVELS!

Germany looked fragile from behind throughout the game and now they’re cracked.

Takumi Minamino slices a deep cross off the touchline, and with Neuer only able to flatten the ball with his hands, Freiburg’s Ritsu Doan happily smashes home from the six-yard box.

1-1, 77 minutes.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:36 a.m European daylight saving time

NEWS!

That could be the salvation of the tournament so far.

At the other end, after Gonda’s exploits, the ball lands in Ito’s box, whose volley, partially muffled by a block, is deflected by a big paw from Manuel Neuer. Great parade – Japan is still here.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:33 a.m European daylight saving time

BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT GOALKEEKING.

Outstanding goalkeeping by Shuichi Gonda, who saves Serge Gnabry four times – yes, four times – within thirty seconds to make it 1-0. Gonda was at fault for the penalty but he’s certainly made up for it since.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:31 a.m European daylight saving time

Japan are not finished yet

Japan has broken a number of times since Gündogan had that chance to end the game.

The final move ends with Rüdiger stepping over to stop Asano from scoring and was only meant to refocus the German defence.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:27 a.m European daylight saving time

No question who was Germany’s brightest light

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:22 a.m European daylight saving time

POST!

More disorienting footwork from Musiala, who drifts across the box before delivering Gundogan with a side foot to the outside of the post.

Japan is holding back a bit.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:16 a.m European daylight saving time

Musiala begins to stir

Amid a forest of defenders, Jamal Musiala shows what all the fuss is about. He dances across the penalty area, pirouettes between Japanese players, but then shoots just over the bar. What a wonderful goal that would have been – very Dimitri Payet (in that West Ham game against someone).

“Messi would have scored,” says JJ Bull, always the spoilsport.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:11 a.m European daylight saving time

early chance

Thomas Müller turns back the clock by driving through the middle of the pitch, knocking out defenders in the process. He puts in a pass to Serge Gnabry, who tends to miss his shot, but it was a good opening.

Müller’s mobility has been a big talking point in the German media, so it’s encouraging to see him so dynamic.

He is also an ambassador for the furniture store where my wife and I bought our sofa.

Other important information if it breaks…

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:07 a.m European daylight saving time

On the road again

Ok, here we go again: Germany 1 – 0 Japan.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 9:04 a.m European daylight saving time

Maeda’s offside goal

That disallowed goal by Daizen Maeda increasingly looks like a pivotal moment. Before Germany could get a foothold in this game, and long before they took the lead, they might have been 1-0 down and really felt the pressure. Similar to Kai Havertz at the end of the half, he didn’t do it to need either “go early”.

Germany have a side full of excellent players, but they are also fragile and have come to Qatar in search of tournament confidence. Japan let them off the hook a bit.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

November 23, 2022 at 8:52 a.m European daylight saving time

HT: Germany 1 – 0 Japan

Germany has the ball in the net just before the final whistle, but that doesn’t count. Rightly so, because Kai Havertz missed the far post by a meter or two.

A good half though – do you know that our brightest Athletic staff has been busy remodeling our live blog pages? Check out the full match stats just above the lineup graph on the right…

And yes, you can make yourself a quick tea or coffee first.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

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.

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Sebastian Stafford-Bloor

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