Manuel Neuer, Germany goalkeeper and team captain, and veteran midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, confirmed that the (machines) team neglected an easy victory that was within reach against Japan, to suffer a painful loss at the beginning of its career in the FIFA World Cup finals, which are currently being held in Qatar. .

The German national team was unable to maintain its lead with a clean goal in the first half against its counterpart Japan, to lose to 1-2, on Wednesday, in the first round of the fifth group of the World Cup, which also includes the teams of Costa Rica and Spain.

The German national team imposed absolute control over the course of the match over the course of 75 minutes, and its players raced to miss all the easy opportunities that they had, so that the Japanese team was punished harshly, after turning the tables on the (machines) team in the last quarter of the hour of the match, to inflict its first loss. in the World Cup.

Germany, which has won the title 4 times, advanced with a goal through Ilkay Gundogan in the 33rd minute from a penalty kick, before Japan rose up in the second half, especially with the substitutions made by its coach Hajime Moriyasu in the second half, to score two goals within 8 minutes via ( substitutes) Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano in the 75th and 83rd minutes, respectively.

Gundogan told German TV station ARD: We made it very easy for them. Although we controlled most of the game.

Gundogan added: The way we conceded the two goals was very easy for a World Cup match. We lacked a bit of conviction in possession of the ball. It seems that not everyone wants to get the ball.

For his part, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain of the German national team, said: The missed opportunities and the lack of a good defensive position cost us losing the match.

Neuer explained: We didn’t have patience in defense in the second half. We should have played better and with more confidence in attack.

Germany is now facing a difficult battle against Spain next Sunday in the second round of the group, before concluding its group stage matches against Costa Rica on the first of next December, to remain in the tournament.

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