Die Mannschaft will have it all to do after losing 2-1 to Japan in their group stage opener!

This World Cup is really shaping up to be one for the ages!

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia shocked the world by overturning a one-goal deficit to beat Argentina 2-1, which many have argued could be the biggest upset in World Cup history.

And on Wednesday, Japan did the same, coming from 1-0 down to beat Germany 2-1. This marks the first win for Japan over Germany, and has certainly set off major alarm bells in the German camp.

Back in 2018, Germany, who were then the reigning champions, suffered an embarrassing group stage exit as they finished bottom of their group.

As such, there is pressure on Hansi Flick's side to banish the disappointment from four years ago and re-assert themselves as major players on the world stage.

Although die Mannschaft took an early lead thanks to Ilkay Gundogan's penalty, Japan came roaring back in the second half to score two goals sans reply thanks to efforts from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, and heap massive amounts of pressure on Flick's men. 

Especially considering they lost 1-0 to Mexico four years ago, and ended up being dumped out after losing 2-0 to South Korea in their final group stage tie. 

The loss for Germany also sets a rather unpleasant unprecedent, as can be seen from the stats below.


On the flip side, Japan now have achieved a huge milestone!



Both teams will be in action in a few days, with Germany facing Spain and Japan looking to build on this great result as they take on Costa Rica.