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Gundogan Gets 8, Havertz With 6 | Germany Players Rated In Narrow Loss Vs Japan

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Germany clashed heads with Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium earlier today as they looked to earn a good result in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Germans made a bright start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 33rd minute when Ilkay Gundogan scored from the penalty spot. Hansi Flick’s side went into the half-time break with a 1-0 scoreline.

The Germany players were lackluster in the second half and conceded the equaliser in the 75th minute when Ritsu Doan found the back of the net. Takuma Asano gave Japan a shock lead just eight minutes later with a superb finish as Hansi Flick‘s men ended up suffering a narrow 2-1 loss in Qatar.

Let’s take a look at how each Germany player fared during the clash against Japan.

GK: Manuel Neuer – 6/10

Neuer made two good saves during the game but will be disappointed after conceding two late goals.

RB: Niklas Sule – 6/10

The German talent was strong in the air and tidy with his passing. However, he looked vulnerable defensively late in the game.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6.5/10

Rudiger made one important clearance at the back and was a threat at the other end of the field.

CB: Nico Schlotterbeck – 6.5/10

He did his fair share of defending and made two key chances in the final third.

Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer

LB: David Raum – 7/10

Raum made a couple of decent interceptions inside his half and engineered some decent chances in the final third.

CM: Joshua Kimmich – 7/10

Kimmich didn’t offer much protection defensively but was a constant menace in the final third.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10

The Manchester City midfielder was a real threat in front of the Japan goal and kept his composure to convert from the penalty spot in the first half.

RW: Serge Gnabry – 7/10

Gnabry was a constant menace in the final third but failed to take any of his chances.

CAM: Thomas Muller – 7/10

He created a few inviting chances for his teammates but struggled to threaten the opposition’s goal.

LW: Jamal Musiala – 6/10

Musiala had a few bright moments in the game and failed to find the back of the net.

ST: Kai Havertz – 6/10

He made one decent opportunity during the game but never looked like he had a goal in him.


CM: Leon Goretzka – 6/10

Goretzka offered very little in the final third.

CM: Jonas Hofmann – 6/10

He added some energy to Flick’s midfield.

ST: Niclas Füllkrug – 6/10

Fullkrug offered very little after coming off the bench.

CAM: Mario Gotze – 6/10

He made one decent chance in the final third.

ST: Youssoufa Moukoko – N/A

Moukoko came on for the final few minutes of the game.

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