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Japan took advantage of Germany’s arrogance and complacency in FIFA World Cup match: Wayne Rooney

FIFA World Cup 2022: Wayne Rooney said that Germany would be under pressure after losing to Japan in their opening match on Wednesday, November 23.

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Japan took advantage of Germany’s arrogance and complacency: Wayne Rooney. Courtesy: AP
Japan took advantage of Germany’s arrogance and complacency: Wayne Rooney. Courtesy: AP

In Short

  • Germany lost to Japan 1-2 on Wednesday
  • Germany will next face Spain on Sunday
  • Rooney clearly said that Germany would be under pressure

By India Today Web Desk: Legendary footballer Wayne Rooney reckoned that Germany were ‘complacent’ and ‘arrogant’, leading to their downfall in the FIFA World Cup 2022 match against Japan on Wednesday, November 23.

At the Khalifa International Stadium, the 2014 champions slumped to a 1-2 defeat at the hands of the Asian team. Rooney said that Germany dropped their guard during the second half of the match and tried to ‘show off’ as well.

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“Yeah, I didn’t see that result coming. In the second half, fair play to Japan – they stayed in the game and were constantly a threat on the break. I think just before they scored the first goal, actually when you have ‘X’ players talking about teams or players getting complacent,” Rooney was quoted as saying during a show on Sports18 and JioCinema.

“I think there were moments when the ball went down to challenge and you get a bit complacent, a bit arrogant and showing off a little bit and then you lose your concentration. Maybe that’s what happened to Germany and Japan is a very humble country, they took advantage of that and in the end deserved the win,” he stated.

Germany got an early lead in the 33rd minute after Iikay Gundogan converted a penalty. With around 15 minutes left in the game, it seemed that the German team would run away with the match.

However, Ritsu Doan had different ideas as he scored the equalizer in the 75th minute. Thereafter, Takuma Asano scored in the 83rd minute and from there on, Japan failed to stage a comeback.

The 37-year-old Rooney clearly said that Germany would be under tremendous pressure going into their remaining matches.

“Well, for me it was a surprise after the first forty-five minutes because I think they performed well. I think the changes didn’t bring anything positive for Germany and against the changes in the Japan squad totally changed the dynamic of the team. It’s just like Argentina – you lose the first game and now you’re under pressure,” Rooney added.

Germany are next set to cross swords with Spain, who beat Costa Rica 7-0, on Sunday, November 27 at Al Bayt Stadium.