Ilkay Gundogan explodes Germany flops for ‘not wanting the ball’ in shock World Cup defeat to Japan.
- The Manchester City star put the four-time winner ahead from the penalty spot
- Gundogan also hit the post before Japan scored two late goals to secure the 2-1 win
- Captain Neuer said Germany had no urgency to score after they lost their lead
Ilkay Gundogan was furious with his German teammates after their shock World Cup defeat to Japan on Wednesday.
The Manchester City star fired the four-time winner halfway through the first half from the penalty spot.
Gundogan also hit the post before Japan leveled with 15 minutes of normal time left when Ritsu Doan fired in after Manuel Neuer parried an effort from Takumi Minamino.
Ilkay Gundogan taunted his German teammates after their shock World Cup defeat
Takuma Asano then blasted past Neuer eight minutes later to secure a 2–1 win.
According to The Sun, Gundogan said after the game, “We made it too easy for Japan. Especially the second goal, that should not happen, we are at the World Cup.
‘Manu [Manuel Neuer] saved us a few times. We had great chances to score but didn’t make it 2-0. That must not happen to us.
“We didn’t build up the game well from behind either. The conviction to hold the ball from behind and to offer yourself was missing – so we played long balls.
Manchester City midfielder Gundogan opened the scoring for Germany with a penalty kick
“You almost got the feeling that not everyone wanted the ball. We just lost the ball far too often’
Guendogan said players lost the ball too easily.
We made it too easy for them. Especially the second goal, I don’t know if there has ever been an easier goal in the World Cup,” he said.
Captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said the team lacked the urgency to score after losing their lead.
Two late goals sank the Germans in the opening match of Group E at Khalifa Stadium
“I am totally frustrated and angry that we missed this game, it was not necessary,” said Neuer.
‘After the break we didn’t have this course of play anymore and we didn’t play with the same confidence as in the first half.
“We are under pressure from the start now. That was also the most important game of how you start in a tournament, but we messed it up.’
Germany had arrived in Qatar looking to recover from exiting the 2018 edition, in which they had been defending champions, in the group stage.
Captain Manuel Neuer said the team lacked the urgency to score after losing their lead
Their second group game is Sunday’s crunch clash with Spain, who beat Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening game.
Kai Havertz admitted afterwards that he was still struggling to cope with defeat.
“The reason is difficult to explain ten minutes after the game,” said the Chelsea striker.
“We conceded two goals in ten minutes, which is not good when we controlled the game. But slipped out of our hands very quickly. We have to analyze that and try to make it better on Sunday.’