I dreamed of revenge at the World Cup, but my opponent was stronger.
Japan won 4-1 against Germany in an international friendly match held at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany on the 10th (Korean time). Germany lost to Japan in the group stage of the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup held in November last year. And on this day, I dreamed of revenge, but it fell miserably.
The home team, Germany, came out with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Kai Havertz was at the forefront, and Florian Wirtz was in the second line. Serge Gnabry and Leroy Janet supported the flanks. Ilkay Gundogan and Emre Jan were selected in midfield. The back four consisted of Nico Schlotterback, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Süle and Jojua Kimmich. Goalkeeper gloves were worn by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.메이저사이트
The away team, Japan, also came out with 4-2-3-1. Ayase Ueda appeared as a front-line striker, and Kaoru Mitoma, Daichi Kamada, and Junya Ito started in the second line. The midfield was defended by Wataru Endo and Hidemasa Morita. The back four consisted of Hiroki Ito, Yukinari Sugawara, Go Itakura, and Takehiro Tomiyasu. The goal was guarded by Keisuke Osako.
Germany applied strong forward pressure from the beginning of the first half. And he succeeded in stealing the ball from Japan, who were passing the ball from behind. Havertz caught the ball in front of the goal, but Japan nullified Germany’s chance with quick defensive coverage.
In the 11th minute, Japan unexpectedly scored the first goal. The main character was Junya Ito. He touched the cross from the right before Rudiger. Although the shooting angle was lacking, the ball passed ter Stegen exquisitely. In the end, Japan took the lead with the first goal.
Japan’s offensive continued. In the 18th minute, Junya Ito once again penetrated into Germany’s box. Afterwards, he attempted a powerful half-volley shot, but it was in front of Ter Stegen.
After reorganizing, Germany broke down Japan’s defense with a pass play in the 19th minute, and then Wirz handed the ball to Jaune, who had an unmarked chance. Faced with a 1-on-1 chance, you easily hit the net with a left-footed grounder. It was the tying goal that brought the game back to square one.
In the 21st minute, Mitoma’s fantastic dribbling breakthrough shined. After neutralizing two opposing defenders on the left flank, he passed to the attacker in the center. However, Germany avoided the crisis with quick defensive cover.
Japan, which gave up the tying goal, continued its attack. In the 22nd minute, Ito touched Sugawara’s cross from the right flank, but was hit. However, the ball instead went to Ueda, who was alone, and Ueda finished the shot and scored an additional goal. It was a moment when the concentration of the German defense was disappointing.
Germany struggled with Japan’s forward pressure. After losing the ball from behind, Jule late ran towards Ueda, but committed a foul. The referee gave Jule a yellow card.
In the 30th minute, you created a decisive chance after breaking through the right flank. After peeling off the opposing defense, he grounded a cross to Wirtz in the center. However, Wirtz’s shot went high and the opportunity was lost.
Once again, attacks using you continued. There was a similar chance as two minutes ago, but this time the ball was not caught by the German attacker. German players claimed a penalty kick at the scene, but it was not awarded.
Germany’s defense continued to falter. Although he succeeded in blocking Mitoma’s dribble, he continued to be exposed to unsettling scenes, such as losing the ball again in the second round. In the 41st minute, Germany missed a pass, and Ueda quickly had a 1-on-1 chance. However, the crisis was overcome with Ter Stegen’s super save.
On the other hand, Japan’s defense remained focused. You had a decisive chance during Germany’s counterattack, but Japan’s cover play shone. In the end, the first half ended with Japan leading 2-1, and boos poured into the Volkswagen Arena.
Germany was shaken again at the start of the second half. During a decent build-up, Ter Stegen kicked, but Junya Ito caught it. Junya Ito immediately attempted a left foot curling shot, but it missed the goal. It was a dizzying moment for Germany.
Two minutes later, Junya Ito, who was digging into the back space, gave Ueda a decisive chance, but it was blocked by Ter Stegen. Morita then shot the ball that flowed out, but it hit the side net. 10 minutes later, Mitoma tried a powerful shot from the left, but it was right in front of Stegen.
Japan’s counterattack continued in the 25th minute. Substitute Takuma Asano broke down the left side and shot in a 1-on-1 chance, but it was blocked by Stegen again. Mitoma’s subsequent shot was also frontal.
Germany continued to target Japan’s goal for the equalizing goal, but no chance came. Japan’s defensive concentration continued to shine and neutralized Germany’s attacks.
In the 45th minute, Japan scored a key goal. Robin Gozens lost the ball to Takefusa Kubo, giving him a 1-1 chance. Kubo was not greedy and gave way to Asano, who was coming in from the side, and Asano easily found the net. Japan made it 3-1.
Japan did not stop there and completely defeated Germany. In extra time, Kubo sent a sharp cross from the right, and Tanaka finished with a sensational header. It was an exquisite goal that was sucked into a corner where Ter Stegen could not do anything. In the end, Japan won 4-1 against Germany, and Germany failed to avenge the previous World Cup.