AL KHOR/OSLO (VG) (Costa Rica-Germany 2-4, Japan-Spain 2-1) For their second consecutive FIFA World Cup, Germany will have to go home before they can start in earnest. Japan won the set after the video referee (VAR) ruled the ball no out.
The ball looked to have crossed the finish line before Kaoru Mitoma headed in the cross that ended Japan’s goal to make it 2-1, but after a lengthy VAR review, it was decided the goal had to stand – because it sure was. All The ball must be over the line to be out of play.
This was in Germany outside. On the other hand, Spain qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, despite losing to Japan, which is one of the group winners after Thursday’s exciting match:
- Germany led 1-0 at half-time against Costa Rica – and were on their way to the World Cup after Spain led Japan.
- But then Japan scored twice early in the second half, both goals for players who play every day in the Bundesliga. Thus, Japan was the leader in the group.
- Not only that: Costa Rica first equalized at 1-1 and then took a 2-1 lead against Germany.
- After that, Spain was also on its way out of the World Cup. It lasted eight minutes.
- But when the German national team tied at 2-2 and then won 4-2, Spain was saved.
- Japan (group winners) will now meet Croatia in the round of 16, while Spain (group runners-up) will meet Morocco.
Germany had to win – also with the help of Spain in their match against Japan.
1 out of 5Photo: Petr David Josek/AP
They did the work themselves, but there was no help from Spain. As a result, the Germans have to get home from the restroom early – again.
– It’s an absolute disaster, I don’t know what to say, German striker Thomas Müller tells ARD.
The world champion from 2014 also says his national team career is over.
– Germany has an absolutely incoherent defense. They are good individual players, but they are not coordinated, and both in the match against Japan and this one are creating problems for themselves, former Bundesliga pro Ron Pratseth tells VG.
– Even today, they lead 1-0 and calm down, and then completely lose their grip due to inactivity, he adds, and continues:
– Indicates that work is not being done well, not at either end of the playing field. They have many good midfielders, Thomas Müller is usually good. But they lack the goal machine at the top. When you have to include Mario Gotze, who has been out of the national team for several years, and is already being replaced, that’s saying something. He adds that there is a big job to be done.
With ten minutes remaining, Serge Gnabry had scored with great accuracy to make it 1-0 to Germany. The Bayern Munich player received a good cross pass from David Raum and managed to head the ball into the far corner.
The lead continued until nearly an hour into the game when Yeltsin Tejeda equalized and equalized 1-1 for Costa Rica, who then took a 2-1 lead through Juan Pablo Vargas. Germany equalized at 2-2 through Kai Havertz, but that didn’t help them at all. Havertz scored again – to make it 3-2, without the help of Germany, after Japan continued to lead against Spain. Substitute Niklas Volkrug made it 4-2.
This is how the crisis for Germany ends before the start of the cup match:
– Very embarrassed, we are outside, writes the major newspaper picture Thursday evening.
- In 2018, Germany was knocked out in the group stage – after losing to South Korea in the final.
- At that time, they came to the World Cup as the defending champions – and they had never been knocked out at the preliminary group stage in a World Championship in which they participated.
- However, Joachim Loew was allowed to continue until the European Championships in 2021 – before Hansi Flick took over as national team manager. Now he travels Die Manshaft.
- The European Championships will be held in two years’ time on home soil in Germany.
Spain led as usual against Japan, with Alvaro Morata’s only goal before half-time.
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But Japan did not give up. First, Freiberg’s Ritsu Doan equalized, then Ao Tanaka – a regular at Fortuna Dusseldorf – gave Japan a 2-1 lead. The goal was approved after the VAR checked for a long time whether the ball had crossed the end line when the goal-scoring cross was hit.
Dani Olmo had a great chance for Spain at the end – but unfortunately for the Germans – he couldn’t get the ball into the Japanese goal. In contrast, the Japanese were able to let go of their glee at a surprising lead in the World Cup.
There were so many surprises in the restroom, Pratseth says, that he doesn’t know if we can really be surprised anymore.
– It is the World Cup where we see that perhaps surprises should not be surprises anymore, because there are many large countries that are no longer armored, and today the vast majority of countries have players who play at a relatively high level. You can go with a bang against most people. There will still be a lot of weird things going on, I’m sure of that, he says.
Stephanie Frappart, 38, made soccer history when she became the first woman to referee the men’s World Cup. She also had two women with her as assistants, Neuza Back from Brazil and Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico.
Germany got off to a bad start in the tournament losing 1–2 to Japan. Substitute Niklas Volkrug made a 1–1 save against Spain – thus continuing to hope for progression.
In the match against Japan, Germany took an early lead – but gave up all the points. So, that ghost lurked as the minutes went by and it was still 1-0 then against Costa Rica. Then the Central American team advanced, before Germany came back with two goals from Kai Havertz.
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