On November 23, Germany, a four-time World Cup champion, will face Japan to open their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign in Qatar. Germany won’t be considering how they performed in Russia in 2018 as they get ready to begin their campaign against Japan in 2022.
Japan’s last eight World Cup matches have only resulted in one victory, but that victory over Colombia in their tournament opener in Russia was enough to get them to the round of 16 the last time around.
This will be Hansi Flick’s first significant match as Germany’s manager, so he’ll want to make a good first impression with his team. Flick’s team has only achieved two victories in nine games, so Die Mannschaft hasn’t exactly dazzled with its performance in 2022.
Hajime Moriyasu’s team had never moved past the first round in successive world cups, a historical tradition that Japan would like to break this season. This despite having appeared in seven straight finals and having a lot of experience on the international stage. In their 22 total FIFA World Cup appearances, the Samurai Blue have seven times advanced to the Round of 16.
Germany confidence hasn’t been boosted by their abysmal record of just two victories in their previous eight games. As fellow four-time winner Italy are not competing, Germany can tie Brazil for the most World Cup triumphs with five if they win the tournament in Qatar. It won’t be simple to beat a group that consists of Spain, Japan, and Costa Rica, though, if recent results are any indicator.
In each of their six World Cup appearances since 1998, Japan has lost in the group stage before moving on to the round of 16. But Japan should undoubtedly be encouraged by qualifying with 15 victories out of 18 and a record 58 goals.
Germany has won both of their previous meetings with Japan, winning 3-0 in a friendly in 2004 and tying 2-2 in another exhibition game two years later. The four-time world cup champions have never met Japan in a meaningful match, so this shouldn’t come as a great surprise.
Thomas Muller has been the standout performer for Germany at previous competitions since making his World Cup debut in 2010, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists in 16 games. The attention will be on Youssoufa Moukoko, the youngest player in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar and arguably the most promising young German prospect since Jamal Musiala’s rise to stardom at Bayern, so Muller may not be a lock to start.
Takumi Minamino will play in his first world cup despite having been named to Japan’s preliminary team as far back as Brazil 2014. Minamino was the key performer for Japan during qualification with 10 goals and 4 assists. During the finals, he hopes to maintain this form.
Date, Time & Venue
On November 23 at 6:30 PM (Indian time), the match between Germany and Japan will take place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
The match between Germany and Japan will be live-streamed for free on the Jio Cinema app and website, as well as on the Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India.
Germany will play with intent in the opening game because they won’t risk running into Spain to advance. Despite a strong performance from Japan, anticipate a 3-0 victory for the German team.