Germany faced off against Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium earlier today as they look to make it big at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Germany got off to a good start by taking the advantage thanks to a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan in the 33rd minute. Hans Flick’s team entered the half with the score at 1-0.
After a lackluster second half, Germany equalized in the 75th minute through a goal from Risu Doğan. Takuma Asano gave Japan a superb lead just eight minutes later with a fine performance as Hansi Flick’s side were eventually beaten 2-1 in Qatar.
Let’s see how each German player fared against Japan.
GK: Manuel Neuer – 6/10
Neuer made two fine saves in the game but will be disappointed after conceding two late balls.
AR: Niklas Sule – 6/10
The German genius was strong in the air and neat as it passed. However, his defense looked vulnerable late in the game.
CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6.5/10
Rudiger made a vital clearance from the back and was a threat at the other end of the field.
DC: Nico Schlotterbeck – 6.5/10
He played his part defensively and created two key chances in the final third.
GM: David Laume – 7/10
Raum made some good interceptions in his own half and created good chances in the final third.
WC: Joshua Kimmich – 7/10
Kimmich doesn’t offer much protection on the defensive end, but is still a threat in the final third.
WC: Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10
The City midfielder was a real threat in front of Japan’s goal, keeping his composure in the first half and scoring from the penalty spot.
AD: Serge Gnabry – 7/10
Gnabry was a constant threat in the final third, but he took no chances.
CAM: Thomas Muller – 7/10
He created tantalizing chances for his teammates but was difficult to threaten the opposing goal.
LW: Jamal Musiala – 6/10
Musiala had a few high profile moments in the game but couldn’t find the back of the net.
ST: Kai Havertz – 6/10
He created a decent chance in the game, but it looked like he never scored.
CM: Leon Goretzka – 6/10
Goretzka’s presence in the final third was very limited.
WC: Jonas Hoffman – 6/10
He added energy to Flick’s midfield.
ST: Niclas Füllkrug – 6/10
Fullkrug made a few offers after coming off the bench.
MOC: Mario Gotze – 6/10
He created a great chance in the final third.
ST: Youssoufa Moukoko – not applicable
Moukoko entered the final minutes of the game.