‘Too much drama in build-up’: Germany spreads blame for World Cup loss | World Cup 2022

The result was surprising, but the pain felt familiar. As Germany digested Wednesday’s shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Japan, many fans and commentators were reminded of the country’s World Cup opening match four years ago, when the incumbent World Champions lost their opening match against Mexico. “It looks a lot like Russia reloaded,” one supporter told broadcaster ARD as he exited the stadium.

Now, as then, there were those who blamed events off the pitch for messing with the German players’ heads. In 2018, it was the controversy around the two internationals of Turkish…

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