Germany vs Japan FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: GER take on JAP in Group E opener, lineups announced, Thomas Mueller starts

FIFA World Cup 2022, Germany vs Japan, Group E Live Match: Up next, we will see if Germany can forget last year’s heartbreak as they take on Asian powerhouse Japan at their Group E clash at the Khalifa International Stadium. Manuel Neuer will start in goal and becomes the first goalkeeper of his country to play in four consecutive tournaments. Germany coach Hansi Flick opted to start with forward Kai Havertz as their target man and also included Thomas Mueller, who has not played 90 minutes since September due to injures.

Croatia vs Morocco result: In the last match, Croatia and Morocco played out a 0-0 draw at the Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday. It’s still early days in the World Cup but based on the evidence so far, the gulf between the second-rung European sides and those from the rest of the world has narrowed down considerably. Europe is rightly considered the strongest as far as overall footballing pedigree is concerned, with teams from around the continent being competitive due to the strong domestic and UEFA structures and a tradition and following of the game. But as we have seen, Denmark, Poland, Wales and now Croatia have been held by Tunisia, Mexico, USA and Morocco, and one may argue that some of those results flattered the European sides.

Starting XIs

Germany: Manuel Neuer, David Raum, Antonio Ruediger, Niklas Suele, Nico Schlotterbeck, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Guendogan, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Mueller, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz

Japan: Shuichi Gonda, Hiroki Sakai, Ko Itakura, Maya Yoshida, Junya Ito, Yuto Nagatomo, Wataru Endo, Ao Tanaka, Takefusa Kubo, Daichi Kamada, Daizen Maeda

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