Preview: Germany vs. Japan 

Preview: Germany vs. Japan 

Germany will be looking to exact revenge on Japan when the two nations meet in a friendly at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena on Saturday evening.

En route to a second successive group-stage exit, Die Mannschaft suffered a 2-1 defeat against the Samurai Blue at the World Cup in Qatar.

As hosts of Euro 2024, Germany are not required to participate in the qualification process for next summer’s tournament, meaning that Hansi Flick’s side have not played a competitive match since the World Cup.

After losing to Japan in their opening World Cup clash, Die Mannschaft played out a 1-1 draw with Spain before claiming a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica, but they ended up finishing third in Group E – two points shy of Japan.

Consequently, Germany failed to qualify for the World Cup knockout phase for the second tournament in succession, with the four-time champions enduring yet another below-par campaign on the biggest stage of all.

The Germans returned to action with a 2-0 win against Peru back in March, but Die Mannschaft have failed to taste victory since then, recording one draw and three losses in four friendlies while failing to score on two occasions.

Following a 3-2 defeat against Belgium, Germany were held to a 3-3 draw by Ukraine before suffering back-to-back losses against Poland and Colombia in June, so Flick and his players will be eager to return to winning ways on Saturday.

Preview: Germany vs. Japan – prediction, team news, lineups

Meanwhile, Japan gave an excellent account of themselves in Qatar, defeating both Germany and Spain to win Group E against the odds, although they eventually fell to Croatia on penalties in the last 16.

Despite seeing just 26% possession while facing a barrage of 26 shots, the Samurai Blue came from behind the beat the Germans 2-1 in Qatar, courtesy of late goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano.

Following a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica, Hajime Moriyasu’s side bounced straight back to beat Spain 2-1 in their third group game, coming from behind once again to dispatch La Roja, who registered a whopping 83% possession.

Although the Samurai Blue’s World Cup journey ended in the last 16, Moriyasu’s men swiftly rediscovered their best form during the next international break, meaning that Japan enter Saturday’s clash on a run of one loss in four outings.

In June, Japan inflicted a 6-0 thrashing on El Salvador, with six different players finding the back of the net, before crushing Peru 4-1 in their most recent outing, so they will fancy their chances of heaping more misery on Germany this weekend.

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We say: Germany 2-1 Japan
Although Germany have endured a disappointing 12 months – winning just two of their previous eight games across all competitions – Die Mannschaft are bound to bounce back before too long.

With that in mind, we expect Flick’s men to return to winning ways with a narrow victory over Japan, although the Samurai Blue will likely push the hosts all the way.

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