World Cup: Kai Havertz, Hansi Flick and Germany’s defense destroyed by Bild ratings

World Cup: Kai Havertz, Hansi Flick and Germany’s defense destroyed by Bild ratings

Kai Havertz and Germany’s defense are hurt by Bild’s ratings after shock World Cup defeat to Japan… with coach Hansi Flick also given a low rating as the 2014 winners face a fight to avoid an early exit with Spain next up

  • Germany were stunned by Japan as their World Cup got off to a terrible start
  • Two late goals consigned Hansi Flick’s side to a damaging defeat in Group E
  • Bild were not very sparing with their ratings when assessing the Germany showing
  • Kai Havertz was among five players who received the second lowest score
  • Coach Hansi Flick was also slammed as his team faces yet another early flight home
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Germany’s flops have been destroyed by the media following their shock World Cup defeat to Japan – with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and coach Hansi Flick heavily criticized.

Bild newspaper gave Havertz a 5 – the second-lowest possible score – in the ratings for Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat in Qatar, a result which leaves Germany staring at the prospect of another early exit.

Flick also received a rating of 5 for his game plan, while this embarrassing score was also awarded to Serge Gnabry and the defensive trio of Niklas Sule, David Raum and Nico Schlotterbeck.

Chelsea's Kai Havertz was among the German flops who received a low score in Bild's ratings

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz was among the German flops who received a low score in Bild’s ratings

Havertz watched in horror from the bench as Germany suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Japan

Havertz watched in horror from the bench as Germany suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Japan

Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich, Antonio Rudiger and Manuel Neuer were given a score of 4, which is clearly average, while Jamal Musiala and Ilkay Gundogan must have done something right to get 3.

Bild gave five German players a score of 5 – the second lowest possible – after the loss

Bild gave five German players a score of 5 – the second lowest possible – after the loss

Bild’s scoring system differs from most publications in that a score of 1 is the best you can get and 6 is the lowest.

It came after Die Mannschaft squandered a first-half lead, thanks to Gundogan’s penalty, to lose thanks to late goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asana.

With Spain – who opened their World Cup with a 7-0 drubbing of Costa Rica later in the day – next Sunday, the Germans face the real possibility of an early flight home, as happened at the last World Cup in 2018.

Bild called the loss to Japan a “debacle” and could not escape the echo from four years ago.

“The debacle is reminiscent of the bitter tournament in Russia in 2018, where Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico and was eliminated from the group stage for the first time,” they wrote.

After the match, coach Flick admitted: “Japan beat us with their efficiency. It is bitterly disappointing.

Germany's players were stunned when they lost 2-1 to Japan in their World Cup opener

Germany’s players were stunned when they lost 2-1 to Japan in their World Cup opener

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

– We had 78 percent possession in the first half and had many chances in the second which we failed to take.

“We can only blame ourselves – we have to make sure we can get out of this, we have to be brave, we need the aggression in the game that is necessary in a World Cup.”

Goalkeeper Neuer added: “I’m absolutely angry and frustrated that we let this game slip away, it wasn’t necessary.

Germany coach Hansi Flick reacts with dismay as his side concede two late goals

Germany coach Hansi Flick reacts with dismay as his side concede two late goals

– 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.

There was praise for Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda, however, after he pulled off a double save to deny Gnabry and Jonas Hofmann. He received a score of 2 in Bild’s ratings, the second highest possible.

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