Ilkay Gundogan blasts Germany flops for ‘not having the ball’ in shock World Cup defeat to Japan

Ilkay Gundogan blasts Germany flops for ‘not having the ball’ in shock World Cup defeat to Japan

Ilkay Gundogan blasts Germany flops for ‘not wanting the ball’ in shock World Cup defeat to Japan … while captain Manuel Neuer admits he’s ‘angry and frustrated’ at team-mates after they ‘messed up’

  • The Manchester City star fired the four-time winners in front from the penalty spot
  • Gundogan also hit the post before Japan scored two late goals to secure a 2-1 win
  • Captain Neuer said Germany lacked the urgency to score after they lost the lead

Ilkay Gundogan blasted his Germany team-mates after their shock World Cup defeat to Japan on Wednesday.

The Manchester City star fired the four-time winners ahead from the penalty spot midway through the first half.

Gundogan also hit the post before Japan equalized with 15 minutes remaining when Ritsu Doan fired in after Manuel Neuer parried a Takumi Minamino effort.

Ilkay Gundogan blasted his Germany teammates after their shock World Cup defeat

Ilkay Gundogan blasted his Germany teammates after their shock World Cup defeat

Takuma Asano then slotted past Neuer eight minutes later to secure a 2-1 win.

According to The Sun, Gundogan said after the match: “We made it too easy for Japan. Especially the second goal, it shouldn’t happen, we’re in the World Cup.

‘Manu [Manuel Neuer] saved us a few times. We had incredible chances to score, but couldn’t manage 2-0. It must not happen to us.

– We also didn’t build up the game well from the back. The conviction to keep the ball from the back and offer himself was lacking – so we played long balls.

Manchester City midfielder Gundogan opened the scoring for Germany with a penalty

Manchester City midfielder Gundogan opened the scoring for Germany with a penalty

“You almost got the feeling that not everyone wanted the ball. We simply lost the ball far too often.

Guendogan said the players lost the ball too easily.

“We made it too easy for them. “Especially the second goal, I don’t know if an easier goal has ever been scored in the World Cup,” he said.

Captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said the team lacked the need to score after losing the lead.

Two late goals sank the Germans in the opening game of Group E at the Khalifa Stadium

Two late goals sank the Germans in the opening game of Group E at the Khalifa Stadium

“I’m completely frustrated and angry that we let this game slip, it wasn’t necessary,” Neuer said.

“After the break, we no longer had this flow of play and did not play with the same confidence as in the first half.

– We are now under pressure from the start. It was also the most important play for how you start a tournament, but we messed it up.

Germany had arrived in Qatar looking to bounce back from exiting the 2018 edition, where they had been defending champions, in the group stage.

Captain Manuel Neuer said the team lacked the need to score after losing the lead

Captain Manuel Neuer said the team lacked the need to score after losing the lead

Their second group match is Sunday’s clash with Spain, who beat Costa Rica 7-0 in the opening game.

Kai Havertz admitted afterwards that he was still struggling to come to terms with the defeat.

“The reason is difficult to explain just ten minutes after the game,” said the Chelsea striker.

– We conceded two goals in ten minutes, which is not good when we had the game in our hands. But very quickly slipped out of our hands. We have to analyze it and try to do better on Sunday.’

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