Germany take on the visitors Japan in the round 1 match of group stage of FIFA World Cup 2022. The match will be played on Wednesday, November 23rd at Khalifa International Stadium (Doha).
Germany start the big tournament under new coach. "Mannshaft" became the champion in 2014, in Germany, and then Flick was on Low's coaching staff. And many believed that it was with the departure of "Hansi" that the decline of the grand began, the peak of which was the disastrous mundial in 2018, in which the current title-holder did not leave the group. But only after last year's Euro "Yoggy" still left. With the new coach, the Germans looked extremely convincing last fall. But this calendar year, flattering reviews have diminished. In 6 matches of the League of Nations there was only 1 victory, but bright, 5-2 with Italy. Have you been able to learn lessons? The World Cup will show.
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Japan has already accustomed to their performances at this level. The Blue Samurai made their debut at the World Championships relatively recently - it was in 1998. But after that, they did not miss a single tournament, moreover, three times, including in 2018, they made their way to the playoffs (although, unlike their neighbor, South Korea, they invariably stopped already at 1/8). Moriyasu's wards coped with the current qualification without any visible problems, eventually winning their group. As usual, a lot of "Europeans" appear in the application, there are even more of them than representatives of the national championship. It is curious that many of them are well known to the players of the German national team, as they are called just from the Bundesliga clubs: Itakura plays in Mönchengladbach, Ito and Endo in Stuttgart, Yoshida in Schalke, Doan in Freiburg, Kamada in Eintracht, Asano - in Bochum, and Tanaka represents Fortuna (Düsseldorf), which, however, has fallen into the German 2nd division.
The teams had played 2 friendly matches at the beginning of this century. In 2004, Germany confidently won, but in 2006, a spectacular draw was recorded. Germany are expected to be considered the favorite in this pair. But Japan may well give a fight, so it's worth considering the option to bet on "total over 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.