Ilkay Gundogan slams German flops for ‘not wanting the ball’ in shock World Cup loss to Japan… while captain Manuel Neuer admits he’s ‘angry and frustrated’ with team-mates after they “messed up”
- The Manchester City star fired the four-time winners from the penalty spot
- Gundogan also hit the post before Japan scored two late goals to secure the 2-1 win
- Captain Neuer said Germany lacked the urgency to score after losing their lead
Ilkay Gundogan blasted his Germany team-mates after their shock World Cup loss to Japan on Wednesday.
The Manchester City star fired the four-time winners from the penalty spot midway through the first half.
Gundogan also hit the post before Japan equalized with 15 minutes remaining in regular time when Ritsu Doan fired in after Manuel Neuer parried an effort from Takumi Minamino.
Ilkay Gundogan blasted his Germany team-mates after their shock World Cup defeat
Takuma Asano then got past Neuer eight minutes later to secure a 2-1 win.
According to The Sun, after the game, Gundogan said: “We made it too easy for Japan. The second goal in particular shouldn’t happen, we’re at the World Cup.
‘Manu [Manuel Neuer] saved us several times. We had incredible chances to score but we didn’t make it 2-0. This must not happen to us.
“We also didn’t build the game well from the back. The conviction to hold the ball from the back and offer ourselves was lacking – so we played long balls.
Manchester City midfielder Gundogan opened the scoring for Germany with a penalty
“You almost had the feeling that not everyone wanted the ball. We just lost the ball too many times’
Gundogan said players lose the ball too easily.
“We made it too easy for them. Especially the second goal, I don’t know if there’s ever been an easier goal scored in the World Cup,” he said.
Captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said the team had no rush to score after losing their lead.
Two late goals sank the Germans in the Group E opener at the Khalifa Stadium
“I’m totally frustrated and angry that we let this game slip away, it was unnecessary,” Neuer said.
“After the break we didn’t have that rhythm of play and we didn’t play with the same confidence as in the first half.
“We are now under pressure from the start. It was also the most important game the way you start in a tournament, but we screwed it up.
Germany had arrived in Qatar aiming to bounce back from leaving the 2018 edition, in which they were defending champions, in the group stage.
Captain Manuel Neuer said the team had no rush to score after losing their lead
Their second group game is Sunday’s clash against Spain, who beat Costa Rica 7-0 in their opener.
Kai Havertz admitted afterwards that he still struggled to accept defeat.
“The reason is hard to explain just ten minutes after the game,” the Chelsea striker said.
“We conceded two goals in ten minutes, which is not good when we had the game in our hands. But it slipped out of our hands very quickly. We have to analyze that and try to improve it on Sunday.