Germany vs Japan: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022

key events

20 minutes: Kimmich pearls a shot off the edge of the Japan D. Gonda parries. Gündogan hits the rebound well over the bar.

19 minutes: Germany is beginning to make an impact on the pitch. Gnabry hooks a long ball back from the sidelines, but there’s nobody in the Japan box to take advantage of. Germany has 78 percent possession so far, albeit with little effect.

18 minutes: Kimmich gets just enough support with a back pass to Neuer. He scratches it lightly while Maeda lurks, and delights as the ball bounces back to his keeper.

16 minutes: Havertz wins Germany’s first corner of the game via left. Kimmich takes, but only after the referee tricks Endo and Schlotterbeck into wrestling. Rüdiger hits the far post and sends a weak header down past the right post. Gonda had it covered anyway.

14 minutes: Germany may have started slowly on the pitch, but made a quick mark before kick-off. This doesn’t require too much unpacking, it does.

Germany says it like it is.
Germany says it like it is. Photo: Ronald Wittek/EPA

12 minutes: Ito slides to the right again and tries to thread a defensive splinter at Maeda, but Rüdiger recognizes the danger and intercepts. “For the last four seasons, Wataru Endo has been absolutely crucial for Stuttgart, of which he is the captain, and has earned the love and respect of our fans,” writes Kári Tulinius. “The last time I saw him play in the Bundesliga he was knocked unconscious and initial reports were very worrying so it’s encouraging to see him back in good form.”

10 mins: That was one hell of a counterattack, Japan swarmed around Gundogan and soared up at great speed. Maeda holds his head in his hands. Despair. He knows he didn’t have to leave so soon. Patience patience. Germany – and Gündogan – got away with one.

8 minutes: Kamada gets rid of Gundogan in the center circle and Japan pulls the counter up. Kamada sends Ito right into the Acres. Ito rolls a low cross into the German box for Maeda, who slams into the bottom left of the goal from six yards. What a move! But Maeda left too soon and the flag is offside.

Japan striker Daizen Maeda reacts after a net from an offside position.
Japan striker Daizen Maeda reacts after a net from an offside position. Photo: Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty Images

6 minutes: Kubo pushes and puts Rüdiger and Neuer under pressure. The German pair combined to clear just in time. Kubo almost killed the goalkeeper.

5 minutes: Ito wins the first corner of the game bottom right. Kamada’s delivery isn’t good, but Japan looks lively during this early exchange.

4 minutes: Japan plays long again, Maeda harassing Rüdiger while the pair chases the ball down the right wing. Rudiger gets the better of the Japanese striker this time but it could be an interesting fight. Maeda briefly threatened to get past the defender there.

2 minutes: It’s Tanaka’s turn to start it long, forcing Neuer to come out of his box to get a clear head. Germany counters, Gnabry dribbles purposefully over the left inner channel. He cannot break through Japan’s blue line. Meanwhile, Francis Lee reports from Berlin: “The German TV interviewer did her best to pump Hansi Flick thoroughly on the pitch in the pre-game debriefing zone, etc., but all she could squeeze out of him was that Havertz it will play as a striker, with Muller the No. 10.”

Germany gets the party going. You start long, then a short head tennis breaks out. The ball is soon in front of Neuer’s feet again, after which the four-time winner plays around the back for a while.

By the way, this match will be broadcast on Independent Television in the UK. Our media editor Jim Waterson reports on this…

ITV will continue to take Saudi Arabian money to promote the country as an exciting tourist destination, despite highlighting the Gulf nation’s poor human rights record during the World Cup.

ITV ran a special report on Saudi Arabia during the country’s unexpected 2-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday. The report looked at the case of Loujain Al-Hathloul, who led a successful campaign to end the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in 2018 but was later found guilty of crimes against the Saudi state.

The ITV report also briefed football fans on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s embassy in Istanbul, and reported claims that the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s purchase of Newcastle United is intended to distract from such incidents.

But after the bold broadcast, viewers were shown optimistic commercials during the same broadcast paid for by Visit Saudi Arabia – an arm of the Saudi government – to promote the country as an exciting new tourist destination.

An ITV spokesman said that “as an ad-supported channel, we take our responsibilities to our viewers very seriously” and that all ITV advertising is approved before broadcast to meet both legal and industry requirements.

While legal for ITV – and other European channels showing the ad – to accept the Saudi money, the decision underscores the challenges of investigating sports laundering and human rights abuses while trying to make money as a commercial broadcaster.

The teams are out! Germany wears its famous white shirt – with a huge black stripe running down the middle – while Japan is the number one choice in blue. We’ll be leaving soon, right after the hymns. “I know the Rewe, it’s near the Natural History Museum,” writes Tim Woods. “It really is a first class supermarket. Up there with the Waitroses in Twickenham, and that’s not an honor I take lightly.”

Up in armbands. The One Love debate continues, and German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck told ZDF: “I’m not the media adviser to the DFB (German Football Association) and I’m not Manuel Neuer, but the opportunity is there. I’m a politician trying to do my job right, but what would happen if it happened now? I would like to know and I would take my chances.”

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, while visiting a DFB event in Doha, called Fifa’s stance on the issue a “serious mistake” and added: “It’s not okay how associations are put under pressure. These were not the security guarantees I received from [Qatar’s] Interior Minister. Today it is incomprehensible that Fifa does not want people to openly advocate tolerance and fight discrimination. That doesn’t fit our time and isn’t appropriate for people.”

Like the English Football Association, following pressure from Fifa, the DFB have decided to reverse their decision to wear the rainbow armband. As a result, Rewe, one of the largest German supermarkets, stopped its advertising campaign with the DFB.

This aesthetically pleasing Rewe store in Berlin scores a 9/10 on our Booths-o-meter
This aesthetically pleasing Rewe store in Berlin scores a 9/10 on our Booths-o-meter Photo: Eden Breitz/Alamy

Yuki Kobayashi is not in the Japan squad. Despite this, the 22-year-old centre-back is in the headlines today. He has agreed to leave J-League side Vissel Kobe for Celtic. He will join the Scottish champions in early December and will be eligible to play once the registration window opens in January.

Manuel Neuer is the first goalkeeper to play for Germany in four consecutive World Cups. Thomas Müller, who has not played a full 90 minutes since September, starts at the front. Celtic striker Daizen Maeda leads the line for Japan.

The teams

Germany: Neuer, Sule, Rüdiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum, Kimmich, Gündogan, Gnabry, Müller, Musiala, Havertz.
Substitutes: Ginter, Kehrer, Goretzka, Fullkrug, Götze, Trapp, Klostermann, Brandt, Hofmann, Sane, Gunter, ter Stegen, Adeyemi, Kotchap, Moukoko.

Japan: Gonda, Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Tanaka, Endo, Junya Ito, Kamada, Kubo, Maeda.
Substitutes: Kawashima, Yamane, Taniguchi, Shibasaki, Doan, Mitoma, Minamino, Morita, Tomiyasu, Asano, Machino, Ueda, Schmidt, Soma, Hiroki Ito.

preamble

Which Germany is appearing this time? The one who beat Brazil 7-1 en route to winning the 2014 World Cup? Or the mob beaten by Mexico and South Korea four years later in their worst final performance in eight decades? The 3-3 draw with England a couple of months ago doesn’t really answer the question, does it?

Hansi Flick’s men haven’t shot at full speed recently. They maintained that two-goal lead at Wembley, lost at home to Hungary and only beat Oman 1-0 last week. But they have plenty of in-form Bayern Munich players to fall back on – Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry – and four players (Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Matthias Ginter and captain Manuel Neuer) who were there in 2014 and knows exactly how to do it.

They are still the sixth favorite for next month’s title, behind Brazil, England, France, Argentina (yes, still) and Spain. And they are the eleventh best team in the world according to the FIFA rankings should with Japan in 24th place and a price of 475-1, have enough to do to become champions. But then four years ago the same thing was said about the Koreans. In any case, the Samurai Blue have plenty of Bundesliga qualities of their own, including midfielder Daichi Kamada from Eintracht Frankfurt, Wataru Endo from Stuttgart and defender Maya Yoshida, once Southampton but now at Schalke, so the squad will know they’re going to get one game this afternoon. Kick-off is at 13:00 GMT, 16:00 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. انه يحدث! It’s on!

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