Germany 1-2 Japan LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream and latest updates today

Germany vs Japan LIVE!

Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals to give Japan a famous 2-1 victory over Germany at the World Cup.

Ilkay Gundogan had given four-time champions Germany the lead with a first-half penalty. But Doan, who plays for German team SC Freiburg, pounced on a rebound to equalise in the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot from Takumi Minamino.

Then Asano, who also plays for a German team, Bochum, sprinted clear of Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd minute. It was the first competitive meeting between the two nations. Before the game, Germany's players covered their mouths during the team photo in a clear rebuke to FIFA following the decision to stop players from wearing armbands to protest discrimination in host nation Qatar.

Germany vs Japan highlights

  • GOAL! Gundogan from the spot

  • GOAL! Doan levels it up

  • GOAL! Asano turns it around

Germany 1 - 2 Japan

Thanks for joining us!

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We’re less than a week into this World Cup and already the upsets are tumbling out - and Japan deliver the latest with a comeback win against Germany.

Recap the action with our match report!

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Coming up next...

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Game three of four features the other two teams in Group E as Spain face Costa Rica.

Spain then take on Germany, which could be a knockout tie if we have another upset in the next couple of hours!

Follow that game LIVE here!

Germany’s World Cup record since the 2014 final

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Played: 4

Won: 1

Lost: 3

Scored: 3

Conceded: 6

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Malik Ouzia at Khalifa International Stadium

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Huge celebrations

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The fallout for Germany will come but let’s take a moment to credit this stunning Japanese comeback.

A heroic performance of guts and energy.

That is Japan’s first EVER win over Germany

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A famous, famous win for the Blue Samurai.

With Costa Rica up next, they could soon book their place in the last-16...

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Argentina yesterday, Germany today!

You just cannot predict this World Cup...

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FULL TIME! Germany 1-2 Japan

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90+8 mins: Here comes the corner...

Gonda claims! Great punch clear and Germany rush to it with the goalkeeper away.

AND THAT’S IT!

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90+7 mins: Rudiger wins a free kick on the edge of the box...

Neuer is up!

A long wait before the delivery and a scramble sees Sule’s shot blocked wide!

GERMANY CHANCE!

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90+6 mins: Just wide! Goretzka arrives with a trademark dart into the box after a long ball is knocked down.

Good hit, low and hard, but off target.

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90+4 mins: Rudiger rifles a 40-yarder comfortably wide.

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90+3 mins: Kimmich gifts the ball away and Japan nearly slip a dangerous pass into the box.

Up the other end, Germany want a penalty... Yoshida beats Fullkrug in the battle and VAR wants nothing to do with it.

Germany substitution

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90 mins: Moukouko on for Gnabry as Fullkrug heads an effort wide.

Can the Borussia Dortmund teenager rescue Die Mannschaft? He’s their youngest-ever player to feature in a World Cup for his country.

SEVEN minutes added on.

Penalty appeal!

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89 mins: Japan want a spot-kick after Rudiger loses out to Asano before the Japan attacker goes down in the box.

The referee and VAR agree: it’s a no.

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88 mins: As expected, Japan sit a little deeper now with Germany on the ball and Asano ploughing a lonely furrow up top.

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86 mins: Concentration needed for Japan as Germany load in a pair of corners, the latter drops for a defender to be lumped clear.

GGGGOOOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!!! Germany 1-2 Japan | Asano

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84 mins: WHAT A FINISH!!!!!

Asano breaks down the right, holds off his man and buries the shot past Neuer at the near post!

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81 mins: A German corner puts Gonda under pressure and Rudiger heads over. The goalkeeper was beaten there...

At the other end, Neuer comes off his line to gather a dangerous ball in. It’s all happening!

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Germany substitutions

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79 mins: Fullkrug and Gotze replace Havertz and Musiala.

This is the veteran midfielder’s first World Cup outing since he hit the winner in the 2014 final...

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78 mins: What now for Germany? Japan have thrown the kitchen sink at it from the bench and are now compelled to go hunting for a winner...

Minamino gets into the box but Sule comes across well.

GGGOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!! Germany 1-1 Japan | Doan

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76 mins: THEY’RE LEVEL!!!

The subs do it for Japan as Doan sinks Germany!

Mitoma and Minamino link up, the cross is parried by Neuer and the finish is applied. WOW!

Japan subsitution

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75 mins: Minamino for Sakai, a very attacking change. Doan also came on moments before.

15 to go...

CHANCE JAPAN!

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73 mins: IT HAS TO BE!

Somehow Japan aren’t level as Neuer brilliantly denies Ito before Sakai places the rebound over with the goal gaping!

CHANCE GERMANY!

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70 mins: Lots of chances comng now as Gonda pulls off a string of stops!

Kimmich finds Gnabry delicately and that lay-off to Hofmann brings out a good save, before Gnabry’s piledriver is parried.

The attack is recycled for a far-post header that Gnabry has saved, and his rebound is also denied!

CHANCE JAPAN!

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68 mins: Rudiger has been a rock and he repels Asano’s attempt after a direct attack was headed into the danger area by Sakai.

The corner is once again threatening but just doesn’t fall for a Blue Samurai body to turn home.

Germany substitutions

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67 mins: Hofmann and Goretzka replace Muller and goalscorer Gundogan.

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65 mins: Even when Germany have looked bright, Japan refuse to go away and are building attacks much better in the second period.

Rudiger gets across to divert Asano’s cross for a corner. Itakura sends it back across goal but Schlotterbeck stands tall to clear!

POST!

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60 mins: It should be 2-0!

Musiala rolls in Gundogan, who takes his time on a placed effort from the D but it bounces the wrong side of the post.

Gnabry’s almost in behind moments later as Germany turn the screw.

Japan substitutions

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57 mins: Nagatomo and Maeda are replaced by Brighton winger Mitoma and Asano.

A fine first piece of play from the Bochum man, whose cross creates a battle at the near post that ends in a goal kick.

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55 mins: Raum breaks in behind with a fine ball from Gundogan, the flag goes up on Havertz as he loses out to Gonda and the attack breaks down.

The replays suggest he was onside, however...

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53 mins: More promise for Japan as the game opens up slightly, Tanaka sending a ball deep into the box that Kamada volleys over. It had probably already gone out.

CHANCE GERMANY!

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50 mins: Ito does very well coming in from the right and Kamada’s shot is deflected over. Minor calls for a penalty but the Japan winger probably stayed on his feet too long.

The corner is cleared and Musiala gets a hold of the ball - and good luck getting it off him.

The teenager dances through multiple challenges but overhits his strike from 12 yards... over the bar!

Malik Ouzia at Khalifa International Stadium

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Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu is on at half-time and it looks like Japan have gone to a back five, with him at left centre-back.

OFF THE POST!

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47 mins: Nagatomo, now a left wing-back, is caught upfield and Germany break.

Muller rolls in Gnabry and he lashes a shot that clips the topside of the woodwork, his teammate furious that he didn’t get the return pass.

Kick-off!

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The second half begins with Arsenal’s Tomiyasu introduced for Kubo, who is an attacking midfielder so Japan will make a formation switch too.

Germany make no changes and lead 1-0.

Germany in pre-game protest

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Germany’s players covered their mouths during a team photo and wore warm-up tops with rainbow-coloured sleeve stripes in protest over Fifa’s ban on the One Love armband.

Read the full story!

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Any arguments for the penalty?

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The only unusual thing is that Ivan Cesniros hesitated in pointing to the spot!

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A busy end to the half

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Japan have come close with a disallowed goal early on and that late Maeda header.

Otherwise, it has been all Germany who lead through Gundogan’s penalty. No doubt that Raum was fouled in the box by the goalkeeper Gonda - if not once then twice!

A late second for Germany was chalked off by VAR as Havertz was offside as he tapped in.

Half time!

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Germany lead Japan 1-0 in Doha.

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CHANCE JAPAN!

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45+6 mins: Still time for Nagatomo to send in a seering cross that Maeda smartly flicks towards the far post... but it flashes inches wide!

GOOOAA-NO!

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45+4 mins: A simple finish for Havertz after Gnabry flashes Kimmich’s saved shot back across goal!

Is VAR happy with it? Clue: it won’t be...

Disallowed for offside!

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45+3 mins: A nice and quiet spell of injury time for Germany to ease towards the break.

CHANCE GERMANY!

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45 mins: Musiala the next to have a go, skillfully spinning in the D to make half a yard of space before drilling an effort over the bar.

Four minutes added on.

Malik Ouzia at Khalifa International Stadium

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Half-time may well arrive a bit soon for Germany here because they’ve been starting to find their groove since that goal. Raum looks a real threat as an attacking full-back.

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42 mins: A little bit too reliant on lumping it from outside the box, are the Germans.

First Gundogan’s deflected strike is gobbled up before Kimmick has a whack that flies over.

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38 mins: Back to German pressure and Gonda punches Musiala’s cros only a bit clear, before rather hesitant passes from Kimmich and Muller are cleared.

A second before the break would probably end this as a contest...

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36 mins: A fairly lively riposte from Japan looks to have Germany under pressure until a poor cross with two options in the box is mopped up.

GOOOOAAALLL!!! Germany 1-0 Japan | Gundogan

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33 mins: LIFT OFF!

A simple finish as the goalkeeper goes the wrong way and Die Mannschaft have a deserved lead. It was definitely a penalty.

PENALTY GERMANY!

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31 mins: Gonda fells Raum and the referee points to the spot!

Referee Ivan Cisneros of El Salvador initially looked like he would wave that one away as the left-back jinked past the keeper, before hitting the deck. Then he gave it!

Gundogan steps up...

CHANCE GERMANY!

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30 mins: They’re knocking on the door...

Raum’s cross is parried by the goalkeeper to Gundogan and his first-time shot is well blocked by Yoshida as Japan escape!

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27 mins: Great tracking back by Ito to shut down a fresh move down Germany’s left, just as Musiala looked to slip Raum into the box.

Die Mannschaft continue to move the ball around nicely but lack the cutting edge.

Gundogan steps up next to fire straight at the goalkeeper from 25 yards.

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25 mins: Possible handball check for a German penalty... VAR turns it down.

Nothing in the replay but cannot argue with a quick look just to be sure.

Malik Ouzia at Khalifa International Stadium

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It’s hardly been a convincing start from Germany. Japan have looked dangerous down that right flank, with Ito lively. Japan’s fans now in great voice, too.

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22 mins: Japan pinch possession off Schlotterbeck and win a corner, which goes short and bounces harmlessly off Itakura for a goal kick.

It’s been in pretty brief moments but the Blue Samurai are very much in this game.

CHANCE GERMANY!

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20 mins: More lovely play down the left from Germany as Musiala is felled in the D and Kimmich drives a shot at goal, only for Gundogan to send his rebound over as the offside flag goes up.

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18 mins: A whopping 78 per-cent possession for Germany so far, with 12 per cent to Japan.

The other 10 per cent has been ‘in contest’ which is a nice little stat that has appeared at this World Cup.

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CHANCE GERMANY!

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16 mins: A smart corner lofted to the back stick and Rudiger gets up well to nod wide of the far post.

He may have been better served sending that back into the six-yard box.

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15 mins: Sakai clears a good crossfield ball to Raum but goes down in pain, which he is able to bounce back from as Germany go on to win a corner.

The veteran is only really in the line-up due to Tomiyasu’s injury absence.

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13 mins: This is a peculiar game because the stadium is rather full with lots of fans for both teams... and yet almost no noise.

It means we can finally see what it’s like to play World Cup game in a library without having to take it to Fulham.

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10 mins: The classic early warning sign for Germany there, who have been comfortable on the ball with plenty of space gifted by Japan in the middle third.

The counter is certainly the Blue Samurai’s preferred attack mode.

GOOOAAA-NO!

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7 mins: Japan break down the right, whip a ball in and Maeda finishes well... but the flag is up!

Ito’s cross was perfect but the run was indeed too early. Correct decision.

Germany in pre-match protest

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The German players made their stand against being ‘gagged’ from wearing their One Love armbands before kick-off.

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4 mins: Early moment for Rudiger as Maeda chases a ball into the corner, showing off his fine pace and deflecting the back-pass to the goalkeeper into touch.

The Celtic man starts up front alone in a 4-3-3 for Japan today.

Malik Ouzia at Khalifa International Stadium

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Usually an athletics stadium, which hosted the World Championships in 2019, this the only ground not built specially for this tournament and as a result is one of those where the pitch is a long old way from the first row of seats.

The technical areas are absolutely huge - you could have a five-a-side game in them.

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2 mins: As expected, it’s a 4-2-3-1 for Germany with Muller, Gnabry and Musiala all free to roam behind Havertz.

It’s Gnabry first into the box but he’s bundled out.

Sule at right-back, Schlotterbeck in the middle.

Kick-off!

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Time for game two of day four at the 2022 World Cup!

Germany vs Japan gets underway in Doha.

All rise for the national anthems

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‘Deutsche Nationalhymne’ up first, a tune which F1 fans haven’t heard much of this year.

The altogether more sanguine ‘Kimi Ga Yo’ follows.

Here come the players!

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Germany vs Japan is only moments away...

Big things expected of Hansi Flick

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The perfect German tweet, this - because it makes no reference to 2018!

Countdown to kick-off

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Japan are perhaps the better-backed of the two teams today, which is not what you would expect!

We get underway in 15 minutes...

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Why Thomas Muller starts for Germany

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Hansi Flick has provided a slightly unusual analysis of why he is sticking with veteran forward Thomas Muller.

“Thomas Müller brings what Jeff Bezos described as a ‘Day 1 mentality.’ The first day of falling in love, the first day at a new job, the first day at school,” he said.

“The trick is to retain the magic of the beginning. And Thomas exemplifies this every day.

“Of all the players in our squad, he’s been around the longest, he’s experienced a lot, and yet you can always sense with him that he’s on fire as if it were the first day.”

Japan’s last time at the World Cup

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After sneaking out of their 2018 group on fair play, Japan led Belgium 2-0 in the last-16 before a famous comeback sunk their hopes.

Video preview

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Just half an hour until kick-off!

Germany’s last World Cup outing

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The shock of four-and-a-half years ago may still feel fresh in the memory for Die Mannschaft fans...

Atmosphere building in Doha

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Both teams are well represented with lots of colour on show, too!

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Malik Ouzia at Khalifa International Stadium

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Our man is in Doha ready for today’s game, with Malik delivering expert analysis from the ground and Marc Mayo on the play-by-play calls.

Game one of four ticked off

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The first game of the day has come to a finish in Qatar and it’s another 0-0 draw as Morocco and Croatia finish all square.

Read up on that game with our match report!

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No Tomiyasu for Japan

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The Arsenal man is only on the bench after injury with Takumi Minamo and Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma also not selected from the off.

Schlotterbeck gets the nod

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Hansi Flick will start Niklas Sule as a right-back in a bit of a surprise from the Germany line-up.

That means Nico Schlotterbeck gets the nod in central defence.

Kai Havertz starts up front with Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry and the country’s youngest World Cup starter since 1958 - Jamal Musiala.

Your Japan team today

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Japan XI: Gonda; Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Ito, Nagatomo; Endo, Tanaka; Kubo, Kamada, Maeda.

How Germany line up...

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Germany XI: Neuer; Schlotterbeck, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Havertz.

Get to know Japan

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The Blue Samurai are up against it in a tough group but have a good combination of experience and talent in their team.

Read our full World Cup guide for Japan!

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Jamal Musiala out to make a splash

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After rejecting an international future with England, ex-Chelsea youngster Jamal Musiala says he is ready to make his mark on the World Cup with Germany.

And the young winger revealed a key piece of advice he learned in west London that he sticks to today.

He said: “I think in England you learn different things than in Germany. I took a lot with me. They used to say 'play with freedom'.

“This is something I took with me in my career and this will remain with me.”

Armband saga rolls on

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Germany’s Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck has said he would wear the multi-coloured 'OneLove' armband at the soccer World Cup and see what happened, but he took care to add it was not for him to decide what national team captain Manuel Neuer does.

Habeck's comments late on Tuesday came amid a row over the symbol in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal. FIFA had threatened seven European teams with sporting sanctions if they wore it at the World Cup with the federations backing down.

Asked by broadcaster ZDF whether players should wear the armband, Habeck replied: “I am not the media advisor of the DFB (German football association) and I am not Manuel Neuer but the opportunity is there.

“I'm a politician trying to do my job properly, but what would happen if it happened now? I would like to know and I would take my chances.”

Germany's Interior Minister Nancy Faeser on Wednesday said FIFA's decision was a “grave mistake”.

Get to know the Germans

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From a host of young talent to surprisingly long odds...

Read up on Die Mannschaft with our World Cup guide!

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Team news coming up

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We’re expecting the starting line-ups to drop soon as Germany and Japan look for a winning start to the World Cup.

Get to know Khalifa International Stadium

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We’re back at the scene of England’s win over Iran for today’s game.

Set to host six group games plus a last-16 tie and the third-place play-off, Khalifa International Stadium holds over 45,000 people and sits to the west of central Doha.

It was actually built well before the World Cup but was converted, making it the first to be completed for the tournament.

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Match odds

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Germany to win: 4/9

Draw: 15/4

Japan to win: 6/1

Head-to-head record

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These two teams have only met twice and on both occasions in friendlies.

Miroslav Klose scored a brace a in a 3-0 German victory in Yokohama in 2004, before a pre-World Cup draw in 2006 as Die Mannschaft came from two down - that man Klose netting again.

Evening Standard score prediction

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While Germany are favourites, they simply haven’t convinced across 90 minutes in what feels like an age and Japan have an exciting frontline capable of causing problems.

A 2-2 draw.

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Predicted Japan XI: Gonda; Sakai, Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Endo, Kamada; Ito, Asano, Minamino

Early Japan team news

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The Blue Samurai hope to have Takehiro Tomiyasu fit to start after a spell on the sidelines for the Arsenal full-back.

Hidemasa Morita is another worry with a calf injury.

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Predicted Germany XI: Neuer; Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Hofmann, Musiala, Gnabry; Muller

Early Germany team news

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No Leroy Sane today for Germany after he was hit with a knee injury in the build-up.

Hansi Flick said: “It is extremely bitter to have to play without Leroy because with his qualities he is a player who can turn a game around by himself.”

Kai Havertz and Thomas Muller are competing with Borussia Dortmund youngster Youssoufa Moukoko to start up front.

How to watch

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TV channel: The game will be broadcast free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage starting at 12.10pm before a 1pm GMT kick-off.

Live stream: The ITV Hub will offer a free live stream.

Hello and welcome!

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What a fine day of World Cup action we have for you!

Game two of four takes place at 1pm GMT as 2014 champions Germany meet Japan at Khalifa International Stadium.

Keep it tuned with Standard Sport for all the build-up, match action and reaction from Qatar...

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