Kai Havertz and Germany’s defence are savaged by Bild’s ratings after shock World Cup loss to Japan… with coach Hansi Flick also given a low score as 2014 winners face a battle to avoid an early exit with Spain up next
- Germany were stunned by Japan as their World Cup started in terrible fashion
- Two late goals consigned Hansi Flick’s team to a damaging loss in Group E
- Bild were unsparing with their ratings as they assessed the Germany display
- Kai Havertz was among five players who were given the second-lowest score
- Coach Hansi Flick was also slammed as his team face another early flight home
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Germany’s flops have been savaged by the media after their shock World Cup loss to Japan – with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and coach Hansi Flick heavily criticised.
Newspaper Bild gave Havertz a 5 – the second lowest possible score – in their ratings for Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat in Qatar, a result that 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 defensive trio Niklas Sule, David Raum and Nico Schlotterbeck.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz was among the German flops given a low score in Bild’s ratings
Havertz watches in horror from the bench as Germany suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan
Thomas muller, Joshua Kimmich, Antonio Rudiger and Manuel Neuer received a score of 4, which is distinctly average, while Jamal Musiala and Ilkay Gundogan must have done something right as they got 3.
Bild gave five German players a score of 5 – the second-lowest possible – after the loss
Bild’s scoring system varies from most publications in that a score of 1 is the best you can possibly receive and 6 is the lowest.
It came after Die Mannschaft threw away a first-half lead, courtesy of Gundogan’s penalty, to lose thanks to late goals by Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asana.
With Spain – who opened their World Cup with a 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica later in the day – up next on Sunday, the Germans face the very real possibility of an early flight home as happened at the last World Cup in 2018.
Bild labelled the loss to Japan a ‘debacle’ and couldn’t escape the echoes of four years ago.
‘The debacle is reminiscent of the bitter tournament in Russia in 2018, where Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico and were eliminated from the group stage for the first time,’ they wrote.
Speaking after the game, coach Flick admitted: ‘Japan beat us with their efficiency. It’s bitterly disappointing.
Germany’s players were left stunned as they lost 2-1 to Japan in their World Cup opener
Two late goals sunk the Germans in the opening fixture of Group E at the Khalifa Stadium
‘We had 78 per cent possession in the first half and had plenty of chances in the second that we failed to take.
‘We can only blame ourselves – we have to make sure we can come out of this, we have to be courageous, we need the aggression in the game that’s necessary at a World Cup.’
Keeper Neuer added: ‘I am totally angry and frustrated that we let this game slip, it was not necessary.
Germany’s coach Hansi Flick reacts with dismay as his team conceded two late goals
‘We are now under pressure from the start. That was also the most important game of how you start in 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.