Germany will be eager to put behind their 2018 World Cup disappointment when they had to stunningly depart the tournament in the group phase.
Germany will kick-start their World Cup campaign with a difficult challenge against Japan on Wednesday. The match at the Khalifa International Stadium will undoubtedly have the Europeans as the favourites, however, Hansi Flick in no way will underestimate their opponents. The Asian powerhouse has been a tricky test for teams in the past and has always made life difficult for the giants of the game. Hence, Germany will have to be at the top of their game to get the three points on Wednesday.
|Germany vs Japan||Key details|
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||6:30 pm|
|Kickoff time in Germany||2 pm|
|Kickoff time in Japan||10 pm|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||4 pm|
Not to mention that Germany will also be eager to put behind their 2018 World Cup disappointment when they had to stunningly depart the tournament in the group phase. Even in the Euro 2020, they got eliminated in the round-of-16 phase before managing only a third-place finish in League A Group 3 of the latest Nations League. Meanwhile, Japan lost to Belgium in the last-16 stage four years ago in Russia. However, they now have a difficult task in getting out of Group E which also has Spain and Costa Rica.
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These two countries have not played often on the international stage and the few times they came up against each other were also not in any global tournament. They had faced each other twice in friendlies and unsurprisingly the European nation has the upper hand in those contests. Germany won once while the other ended in a draw. In 2004, the Europeans won 3-0 before playing out a 2-2 draw two years later in 2006.
|Total Germany goals||5|
|Total Japan goals||2|
|Biggest Germany win||3-0 (2004)|
|Biggest Japan win||–|
|Last 5 matches (all competitions)||Results|
|Germany draw Japan||2-2|
|Japan lose to Germany||0-3|