Germany vs Japan: Brandt and Muller on for the final 20

    70’ — Sub: Brandt and Muller are on the pitch!

    60’— The stadium has resorted to booing the team while they pass the ball. It’s that bad.

    45’ — The second half is underway!

    Halftime: Germany 1-2 Japan. Yeah.

    22’ — Goal. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IT’S 2-1 courtesy of Ayase. The left side of the defense is a disaster.

    19’ — GOOOOOAL! Leroy Sane makes it 1-1! Phew.

    11’ — Goal. And Germany are already 1-0 down.

    Kickoff: We’re underway!

    One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! It’s the exact XI we expected, with no real changes. Hansi Flick needs this to work if he wants to stay in charge of Germany until the Euros. Let’s see how it goes for him.

    It’s now do or die for Germany. This game against Japan isn’t just a friendly game, it’s a last chance for this version of the German national team. If the players don’t turn it around now, Hansi Flick and his coaching staff will not make it to the Euros next summer.

    Right now, the idea is to put Joshua Kimmich at right-back and have Kai Havertz at striker and hope things work out elsewhere on the pitch. Ilkay Gundogan is the new captain of the team and he’s likely to pair with Emre Can in midfield. It’s a lineup that will have players from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Real Madrid, and other top teams across Europe.

    If the results don’t come now, things become very difficult for Hansi Flick. Can he save his job?

    While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our Weekend Warm-up Podcast! Listen to it below or direct on Spotify.

    Match Info

    Location: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany

    Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

    TV/streaming: Fox Sports 2, Find Your Country

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