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Germany under pressure after losing to Japan-Head coach

Germany’s Ilkay Gundogan looks dejected after the Group E match- Germany v Japan at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Photo: REUTERS

Head coach, Hansi Flick on Wednesday said that Germany are under pressure after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat by Japan in their opening match of the World Cup.

Germany lead in the first half curtsey of Ilkay Guendogan’s penalty but Japan bounced back in the second half with goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano.

It was Japan’s first-ever win over Germany, with the teams having met twice in international friendlies before Wednesday’s World Cup clash.

The defeat was the third in a row in the opening match of a major championship for Germany after a loss to Mexico at the 2018 World Cup, when they bowed out in the first round as champions — their earliest exit in more than 80 years — and to France at Euro 2020.

“With this defeat and zero points, we are under pressure, no question about it,” Flick told reporters. “We can only blame ourselves. It’s a great disappointment.

“We were on the right path in the first half, we had 78% possession and were ahead 1-0. Then we had good chances in the second half that we didn’t take advantage of.

“Japan were simply more efficient today. We made mistakes that we should never commit especially in a World Cup and those are the things that we need to improve on.” He added.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino