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World Cup: Kai Havertz, Hansi Flick and Germany defence savaged by Bild ratings  

Kai Havertz and Germany’s defense come under attack from Bild’s ratings after Japan’s shock World Cup loss… with coach Hansi Flick also getting a low score as the 2014 winners face a battle to avoid an early exit with Spain.

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Germany’s volatility has been slammed by the media after their shock World Cup defeat to Japan – with Chelsea player Kai Havertz and coach Hansi Flick coming under fire.

Bild Havertz gave 5 – the second lowest possible score – in its assessment of Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat in Qatar, a result that leaves Germany staring at the possibility of another early exit.

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Flick was also awarded a 5 rating for his game plan, while that embarrassing score was also awarded to Serge Gnabry and the defensive trio of Niklas Sule, David Raum and Nico Schloterbeck.

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz was among the German flops due to his low score in Bild’s rankings

Havertz watches in horror from the bench as Germany suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Japan

Havertz watches in horror from the bench as Germany suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Japan

Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Antonio Rudiger and Manuel Neuer all got 4 points, which is clearly average, while Djamel Musiala and Ilkay Gundogan must have done something right as they got 3.

Bild gave five German players a score of 5 - the second lowest possible score - after losing

Bild gave five German players a score of 5 – the second lowest possible score – after losing

Bild’s scoring system differs from most posts in that a score of 1 is the best you can get and 6 is the lowest.

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This came after Die Mannschaft squandered a half-time lead, courtesy of a Gundogan penalty, only to lose thanks to late goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asana.

With Spain – who opened the World Cup with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica later in the day – next Sunday, the Germans face the very real prospect of an early trip home as they did at the last World Cup in 2018.

Bild described Japan’s loss as a “catastrophe” and could not escape the echoes of four years ago.

“The defeat reminds us of the bitter tournament in Russia in 2018, where Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico and were knocked out in the group stage for the first time,” they wrote.

Speaking after the match, coach Flick admitted: “Japan beat us with their efficiency. It’s bitterly disappointing.”

Germany's players were stunned when they were beaten 2-1 by Japan in the opening match of the World Cup

Germany’s players were stunned when they were beaten 2-1 by Japan in the opening match of the World Cup

Two late goals rocked Germany in their Group E opener at Khalifa Stadium

Two late goals rocked Germany in their Group E opener at Khalifa Stadium

“We had 78 percent possession in the first half and we had a lot of chances in the second half that we failed to take advantage of.

“We can only blame ourselves – we have to make sure we can get out of this, we have to be brave, we need the aggressiveness in the game which is essential in a World Cup.”

Keeper Neuer added: “I’m furious and totally frustrated that we let this match slip away, it wasn’t necessary.

Germany coach Hansi Flick reacted with displeasure as his team conceded two late goals

Germany coach Hansi Flick reacted with displeasure as his team conceded two late goals

We are under pressure right from the start. This was also the most important match in how you started in the tournament but we spoiled it.

There was praise for Japan goalkeeper Shoichi Gonda, after he made two saves to deny Gnabry and Jonas Hoffmann. It has a score of 2 in Bild’s ratings, which is the second highest possible.

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