Germany are now facing the prospect of ANOTHER early World Cup exit after their shock loss to Japan with daunting clash with Spain up next for Hansi Flick’s side… and it’s likely to be Belgium in the last-16 if they scrape through
- Germany’s World Cup got off to a terrible start as they lost 2-1 to Japan
- It leaves them in danger of an early exit with tough game with Spain up next
- In 2018, Germany were dumped out after group following loss to South Korea
- If they do get through in second place, it’s likely to be Belgium in the last-16
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Germany are staring down the barrel of another humiliating group stage exit at a World Cup following their shock defeat to Japan on Wednesday.
Having crashed out early four years ago, the Germans face the prospect of having to beat Spain in their next game to keep knockout stage ambitions alive.
It’s a daunting fixture to have looming as Hansi Flick and his squad look to pick up the pieces of a 2-1 loss in which they surrendered a lead in the closing 15 minutes.
Germany’s players were left stunned as they lost 2-1 to Japan in their World Cup opener
Two late goals sunk the Germans in the opening fixture of Group E at the Khalifa Stadium
Germany’s coach Hansi Flick reacts with dismay as his team conceded two late goals
Spain take on Costa Rica later on Wednesday afternoon and will be overwhelming favourites to join Japan on three points in Group E.
It’s more likely now that Germany will finish second in their group should they recover, putting them on a collision course with either Belgium or Croatia, likely Group F table-toppers, in the last-16.
But the prospect of Germany going home early has increased following late strikes from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano to seal a 2-1 win at the Khalifa International Stadium.
David Raum looks stunned after the final whistle as Germany were consigned to defeat
Germany lost their opening World Cup fixture for the second consecutive tournament
Germany had led thanks to Ilkay Gundogan’s first-half penalty but they join Argentina in being one of the international heavyweights now in danger of going out.
Argentina were stunned 2-1 by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in one of the World Cup’s greatest-ever shock results.
The Spain vs Germany fixture takes place on Sunday night, before Die Mannschaft conclude their group game against Costa Rica on Thursday next week.
Germany fans in Qatar try to absorb what has happened after another shock opening defeat
But that last game could be a dead rubber if they lose to Spain and Japan beat Costa Rica.
In 2018, Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico in their opening game in Russia. They responded with a late 2-1 win over Sweden but were then dumped out following a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, leaving them rock bottom of their group.
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