Why did Leroy Sane not start for Germany against Japan?

Just 24 hours after Argentina’s shock World Cup defeat to Saudi Arabia, the footballing gods have been at it again.

This time it’s World Cup heavyweights Germany who have fallen to a shock defeat in their opening group game, going down 2-1 to a gritty and tenacious Japan.

Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty gave Germany a deserved lead at the time, but they couldn’t find a way past Shuichi Gonda for a second time – the offside flag denying Kai Havertz on the one occasion they did find the back of the Japanese net.

Germany dominated large spells of the game but were punished from their profligacy in…

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