Bundesliga Duo Asano and Doan slash Germany with Samurai Sword#1621
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Raheem Sterling’s 75th minute goal in the round of 16 at the European championships ended The incredible decade plus reign of Joakim Low As a new era of German football was poised to begin. Joakim Low orchestrated one of the most successful eras of German football. He took over for jurgen Klinsmen in 2006 maintained his post while establishing and maintaining Germany is one of the elite football nations. Continually on the doorstep of the European championships and the World Cup. Over his Regin The squad at his disposal went through incredible changes. Going through many eras of German football in terms of talent and legends that he had at his bacon call. The young talent that has gone through Germany and has progressed and evolved under his tutelage. Considering the level that Germany has been able to operate perhaps they could have or should have secured more international trophies. That Germany had a team in terms of squad, talent and depth to replicate the incredible run that Spain managed to pull off. Two European championships and a World Cup. Unfortunately Joakim Low was on the losing end of one of Spain’s European championship triumphs. The Germans were a symbolization of excellence. The level and standard expected from the national team. Joakim Low guided Germany into 5 Semi-finals and two finals over the Euros and World Cup. While capturing the confederations Cup and a moment, Germany had been longing for becoming the World Cup champions in 2014. Thanks to a Mario Gotze goal in the 117th minute against Lionel Messi’s Argentina. In represpect only one major triumph winning the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. May seem like underachievement but nonetheless, Germany was one of the most elite footballing nations over the majority of his tenure and were a force to be reckoned. Winning the World Cup is no small deal and maintaining that level of brilliance is almost hard to imagine. While he only captured the World Cup Germany was in the semifinal or final in five of his seven tournaments. Maybe he hung on longer than he should have. Even though the one World Cup may not be enough for the Germans and what they expect, It is hard pressed to try to find a manager at the international level that has been able to achieve this level of status and consistency. Joakim low was managing Germany in a semifinal in practically every tournament he was involved in. In honesty, it was the right time to step away after two tournaments in a row in which he failed to deliver the consistency of greatness that his reputation was built on. Regardless of the missed opportunities, he may have had winning the World Cup in 2014 overrides anything you could have said to try to diminish the progress he has done, not to mention the individuals he has impacted during his time sitting on the throne of German football. Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup, ultimately being ousted by Italy in the semi-final joakim low got to the Euro final in 2006 in his first tournament. Ultimately being beaten by Spain. In the 2010 World Cup, He made the semi-final again once again Spain knocking them out. They win the World Cup against Argentina with Super Mario The hero to win Germany their first World Cup since the ’70s. He followed that up getting to the semi-final of Euro 2016 beaten by runners up France. His final two tournaments weren’t his proudest hour. World Cup 2018. They failed to get out of the group against South Korea, Sweden and Mexico. Then at the Euros in 2020 they were beaten against England in the round of 16 to end his era sitting at the head of the table of German football. Germany were one of the most dominant teams and maintained it throughout his time in charge leaving with just the World Cup and confederations Cup. They arrived at the wrong time. As Spain dominated the era with three trophies It mail make his Germany look less significant by comparison, but he won the country’s World Cup for the first time in a long time. There are a lot of nations that are still fighting to touch that trophy and not only did Germany get their hands out in 2014, They buried everyone at the tournament up until the very end until that moment where they lifted the very World Cup we are discussing now. Germany needed to go into a different direction as they were parting ways following Raheem Sterling’s goal that sealed it.
Someone that operated under him as an assistant for Germany was Hans flick. He left the Germany and national team as an assistant in 2019 to take over at Bayern Munich. He spent two years in Bavaria in what was arguably the most dominant Bayern Munich team we had seen since they won the Champions League in 2013. In his first season, Bayern Munich were in trouble. The locker room was toxic. He came into Bayern. He changed the outlook of everything fixed. The issues that they were facing got themselves back in gear and hunted the title. He won the league, the cup and the Champions League in 2020. Beating Neymar led PSG. The following season. He won the league again, but PSG got the better of him on his second attempt. Upon leaving Bayern Munich, he agreed to return to the Germany national team to sit at the head of the table. They flew through qualifying. He continued to have an impact on the progression of the squad and has been very decisive surrounding his selections. He was dealt with injuries prior to the tournament but still brought an incredibly strong squad. Hans flick has all the materials and the capabilities of doing something extraordinarily special with this Germany. It is a new era of Germany, not only the manager, but the players are going over a new leaf. We’re going to start to see this Germany national team built around the young guns that Germany has with Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz. This tournament was potentially the last one with the veteran players such as Thomas Muller, Matt Hummels and others. Although this was a new Germany, they did show cracks in the foundation during qualifying along with some choppy last couple of friendly’s before this World Cup. They were in the group with Japan, Spain and Costa Rica. Certainly enough to get through, however, Japan still felt the need to ruin the party.
Moriyasu Is the captain of the ship for Japan. He has been in charge since 2018. He finished second in World Cup qualifying only behind Saudi Arabia. He led Japan to the Asian Cup final in 2019 but ultimately fell short against Qatar. Believe it or not, a team that has been the worst performers of the world cup so far. However, his finest moment perhaps came in the round to 16 of the 2018 World Cup. After getting through a very tough group featuring Senegal Columbia and Poland. In the round of 16 They had their boot on the throat of Belgium. They built an incredible two goal lead against at the time the highest ranked team in the world. We know the rest of the story is heartbreaking! As they’re heading towards a historic victory, Belgium turn it around and ultimately win it at the very death. An emotional roller coaster of the game. Even if they fell short of the mark, it shows the qualities of this Japan team that he continues to build. He has won 67% of his games since he took charge in 2018. Providing a potent foe for Hans Flick in Germany. Many believed coming into the tournament that Japan wouldn’t have a chance against Germany. Even before kickoff, I knew there was a possibility of something intriguing about to happen. The majority of the Japanese squad have players playing in the Bundesliga. Of Japan’s starting 11 eight of which were playing in Germany, seven of which playing in the Bundesliga. Japan is a nation of football that I have seen from the outset progress and become more threatening as the year is gone by The Bundesliga has been a home for the Japanese players in Europe. 8 of the 11 Germany players also play in the Bundesliga Japan was going to have knowledge of the nation that stands in their way. In fact, large portions of the Japanese squad have played against the majority of the German squad. Germany have a phenomenal coach and an incredible core and team that could be one to watch for years to come, but this Japanese side is full of Bundesliga players for this very reason there was always a chance for something special to occur even before it actually did.
Remembering this is the World Cup. Anything can happen. It gave the Japanese side a sense of confidence as they were about to undergo a battle with the highly regarded Germans and their champions league winning manager. On the other hand, there was an opportunity here for Germany to make a huge statement to send a message to the rest of the competition that they’re failures in 2020 at the Euros and 2018 at the World Cup was behind them and this was a new age of Germany. Japan started the match with Asano and Risitu Doan on the bench. Hajime Moriyasu must know something that we don’t or perhaps had a plan for them later in the game. From the outside looking in, it was an interesting perspective on setting up his team for the clash with Germany. Germany looked in total command and control in the early sequences. They had the majority of the ball and moved it quite well. All eyes were on the young star Jamal Musiala. The way he commanded they creativity and his ability to operate in tight spaces has made him the best youngster in the world. Their conversations a lot between himself and Jude Bellingham two top players but there really is no conversation to be had. He showed that in the early parts of the game, his playmaking ability and his intelligence. There are those that thought Jamal had a bad game, but this is further from the truth. Even throughout this game when Germany may not have had their best moments, He created a little bit of something that gave them that edge. Japan did not have the ball very much, but they defended well. Their goalkeeper Shūichi Gonda made terrific Saves down the stretch in important moments. However, when they got into attacking areas They looked Very explosive. Very early on Ito. Turned Germany inside out as it went from responding to German pressure to being on the counter almost immediately. The Stuttgart right back. Got into attacking space before finding a gap in the box. It looked like Japan had put it in the back of the net, just 7 minutes in. Unfortunately it was correctly wiped off due to offsides. However, even with Germany in control and dictating the play. It only took one moment to flip Germany inside out. There were times that Germany looked unplayable like they looked like the best team at the tournament and then they would lose the momentum and confidence and it looked like they couldn’t push the ball up the pitch. It was very hit and miss for Germany but when they were at their peak they were putting in a clinic. Regardless, Japan never felt truly threatened by the Germans as they had the defensive personnel to deal with the German attackers. The familiarity of playing against each other certainly could have played a role in Japan. Managing to stay in the game despite German possession. 33 minutes in. David rahm was taken down in the box and Germany were given a penalty. Gundogen stepped up sinking it into the back of the net as Germany took a 1–0 lead. But they needed more they did not want to happen to them to what happened to Argentina. Jamal Musiala near the end of the half. Went through the entire defense before trying to fire a look on goal but can’t quite get there on the finish. The German pressure was soaking up with the Japanese defense was unfazed and was welcoming the challenge. In stoppage time. Joshua kimmich fires from deep before Gnabry dishes it to Kai Havertz has he finds the back of the net on a tap in however Germany see their second goal disallowed due to an offsides. As they go into the second half still with a narrow lead.
Japan made a change at the break bringing on tomiasu from arsenal. Germany continued to push the domination. They had the majority of the ball and it seemed like Japan. Was just waiting for a chance to break. Continued brilliance from Jamal Musiala. He continues to show all of us Why the world is at his feet. Eventually Asano was brought in. The very explosive playmaker from Bochum is exactly what the Japan needed. Germany kept pressurizing the defense taking advantage of the possession but their look in front of goal Left something to be desired. Leaving time for Japan to strike if it were to occur. Doan was introduced shortly after. However, even with the attacking players being put into those positions, they still didn’t have very much of the ball. They were significantly more clinical in front of goal then Germany. However, they were running against the clock. They needed something to happen immediately. In the 75th minute Doan the Friburg talent levels it. On a deep free kick into the box, the Japanese player crashed inside Manuel neuer. Makes it terrific save but Doan is in the right place at the right time as he sends the ball into the roof in the net earning an exceptional equalizer. In the 86 minute asano shine through. Total miscommunication and disorientation from the German defense. The Germans are about efficiency and ruthlessness. A very deep free kick from sees Asano the Bochum star. Get through into the box with separation from Nico Schlotterbeck before railing astrike that beats Manuel neuer at the near post Japan were on the verge of doing the impossible as a Bundesliga heavy Japan was overturning Germany in Qatar. Japan held off in a matter of 14 minutes. Japan score twice while going behind with very little possession. They made Germany pay as Germany is punked by two Bundesliga stars Hajime Moriyasu tactically outduels Hans flick and Japan steal one at the World Cup against Germany. Incredible scenes as the entire nation of Japan come together for this culmination as they top Germany. Something that they will remember for a long time as this moment will stand a moment of significance in Japanese culture As a team from the far East buries a German giant on World Cup soil.’
A moment that will forever live In Japanese forklore for Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan. He put forth an incredible game plan and masterclass to the Champions League winner on the opposite sideline. He took the risk of leaving the two most notable explosive game changers on the bench with Asano and Doan He wanted to see the game of all before he made that call. It’s not only that he brought them on. He brought them on at the right time. The game began slipping in their favor a bit. They looked a little erratic defensively in the second half but when they got the ball they looked dangerous. He waited for the right moment for their introduction. It paid off immensely. Doan enters in the 72nd minute by the 75th minute Manuel neuer was picking the ball out of his net. The two of them changed the game in the second half. They had very little of the ball but when they had it they looked dangerous. Against a Germany that started so well, they began to fall apart in the most critical parts of the game. They’re efficiency in front of goal and their ruthlessness defensively. This is a new Germany with Hans Flick and that was as bad of a start as you could possibly imagine. Germany understand that they’re in transition, but this was a tactical mismatch that ultimately costing the points and now a dark cloud lives over their World Cup hopes. Spain put seven past Costa Rica. Japan will most likely beat Costa Rica. It feels like now Germany’s only hope is a result against Spain. Spain may have played the bottom of the barrel, but judging on the performance or the lack of performance and many aspects of Germany’s game against Japan, It is hard to believe that they’re going to do anything against Spain. Maybe the seven against Costa Rica doesn’t mean that much, but it puts the pressure on Germany to get that result. Japan took their chances and were much more clinical in front of goal. Germany should have been better prepared for Japan. There was warning signs when Japan scored 7 minutes in Even though it was disallowed with the limited possession that they had. They took well advantage of it. While Germany saw some really encouraging performances from Jamal Musiala and Joshua kimmich collectively they just couldn’t put the performance together in a very real way. Japan managed to overturn them 14 minutes in a second half. They made the right adjustments and they took advantage immediately. Japan always had potential to beat them. I know mutually no one else thought they could, but I always believed that they would have a shot against Germany. They are TaylorMade to handle Germany. The majority of their squad plays in the Bundesliga. The individuals on Japan have gone up against these same Germans weekend and week out. They were not diss familiar with the quality of the individuals that Germany has to offer. Germany was expected to have a very good tournament. They have the euros in 2024. They have a lot of the best young players they’re only going to grow in with time and become even more formidable. Some of the key injuries that they have dealt with doesn’t help the situation, but Germany couldn’t gather any sense of consistency. It is true they control the game and dominated large portions. But every time Japan came forward, they caused the German defense to become disoriented. Japan have what it takes to beat Costa Rica. If they beat Costa Rica, they might find a way through into the round of 16. Japan’s 14 minutes of explosion and Germany’s personal hell could be the very thing that causes their elimination. Japan earns a historic victory at Germany’s expense. As a dark cloud now hangs over Germany’s aspirations while heightening Japan’s chances to continue their World Cup journey beyond the group stage.