Germany, which will seek to improve what was shown in the early elimination of Russia 2018, qualified for the World Cup without too many surprises, adding 27 points out of 30 at stake, and took nine from North Macedonia in their zone.
Japan, on the other hand, finished second in their group, with 22 units and behind Saudi Arabia (23), although it was enough to avoid the playoffs, in which Australia finished.
Hansi Flick, the Germany coach, admitted that his team is “very unhappy” that they will not be able to wear the One Love armband, a symbol of inclusion and diversity, at the World Cup.
“The team wanted, together with the Federation and other nations, to send a signal. FIFA closed the door and threatened sanctions”Flick said at the press conference prior to the first match against Japan, the French news agency AFP reported.
“It wouldn’t do any good if I did something by myself (wear the bracelet). The team is very unhappy and shocked that it can’t be done, send a simple sign about human rights and diversity, values that we hold very deep.”added the German coach.
When will Germany vs Japan play?
The match will start at 10 a.m. in Argentina, at the Khalifa International stadium, with the broadcast arbitration of TyC Sports and Directv Sports.
Where to watch Germany vs Japan
The duel between Europeans and Asians will be seen under the transmission of TyC Sports and Directv Sports.
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, David Raum; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan; Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane, and Kai Havertz. DT: Hans-Dieter Flick.
Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Hiraki Sakai, Ko Itakura, Maya Yoshida, Yuto Nagatomo; Ritsu Doan, Gaku Shibasaki, Daichi Kamada; Takefusa Kubo, Takumi Minamino, and Takuma Asano. DT: Hajime Moriyasu.