05:00 PM IST: Welcome to the live blog of Germany vs Japan FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E match.
A dismal elimination from the group stage of the 2018 World Cup ruffled feathers, demonstrating how Germany have plummeted in the pecking order and will require regeneration. Although Hansi Flick’s hiring has not resulted in much progress, Germans will aspire to begin their new campaign on a positive note.
Meanwhile, Japan are in an arduous group and will need a miracle to advance to the round of 16. The Asian giants have only two wins in their last five matches and will need to elevate their game in this encounter because Germany are keen to win this match.
Germany form (all competition): D-W-L-D-W
Japan form (all competition): L-W-L-W-D
Player to watch
Sane has been outstanding for the club, scoring the most goals. He will also be an integral element for the Germans as they look to avoid a repeat of their World Cup campaign. Sane’s blazing pace and awareness will give Germany a threat in the forward line, and he possesses all attributes, from playmaking to goal-scoring, that will aid Germany in this World Cup.
Many people may not remember Kubo as a Real Madrid player since he was a brilliant player. Despite his small stature, he will punish you and fearlessly battle defenders if you give him enough space. His little stature gives him a low center of gravity through which he can escape opponents with his quick feet. In this game, he will be a player to keep an eye on.
Neuer; Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Goretzka; Hofmann, Musiala, Sane; Havertz.
Shimdt; Sakai, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, Nagatomo; Shibisaki, Morita; J Ito, Kamada, Kubo; Minamino.