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WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL:Why Germany's shock Japan loss was so welcome

‘There were huge celebrations in the media centre when Germany lost’: Sportsmail’s team in Doha tell WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL why shock defeat by Japan was so welcome (and that’s WITHOUT mentioning Rudiger’s showboating!)

  • Japan caused a huge World Cup upset by beating Germany 2-1 on Wednesday 
  • There were huge celebrations among neutrals after the shock result in Qatar
  • Matt Barlow said people like seeing Germany lose due to ‘perceived arrogance’
  • He also insisted neutrals are fed up of them always dominating tournaments
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Even neutrals in the press box were cheering Japan’s historic victory over Germany because of their ‘perceived arrogance’, believes Matt Barlow.

Germany lost 2-1 to Japan in their opening game at the World Cup after two late goals from Ritsu Dona and Takuma Asano in another huge upset at the tournament.

Following the game, there were huge celebrations in the press box and the main media centre in Doha, and Barlow insists that people enjoy seeing teams like Germany lose.

 Japan secured a memorable 2-1 over Germany in the World Cup to cause a huge upset 

Matt Barlow discussed Germany’s defeat to Japan in the latest World Cup Confidential

Daily Mail football writer Matt Barlow was speaking as part of Sportsmail and MailPlus’s daily videocast ‘World Cup Confidential’. It appears on MailOnline every morning of the tournament and can be found on our YouTube channel.  

In a conversation with fellow Sportsmail colleagues Ian Ladyman, Rob Draper and Martin Samuel, Barlow believed people are fed up of Germany dominating tournaments.

Within the episode, Barlow was questioned by Ladyman at why people were so happy at Germany’s historic loss after similar scenes at the World Cup four years ago.

Ladyman had asked: ‘There were huge celebrations in the main media centre in Doha and excitement when Germany lost. That was the same four years ago in Russia.

‘What is it about the Germans that provokes people in that way. Why does everyone want Germany to lose? What’s the problem?’

Barlow replied: ‘I think it’s like England. I was there yesterday and everyone cheered and it wasn’t even the English desk. 

‘I was at Euro 2016 watching from another stadium when England lost to Iceland -everyone cheered there. 

‘Because it’s perceived arrogance. I think it is the idea that England, Germany and a couple of other countries think they’re good at football and everything they do is OK.

‘Maybe with the Germans they’ve seen win a lot and get to a lot of finals. Maybe they fancy something different.’

The accusations of arrogance were further enhanced by Germany defender Antonio Rudiger showboating when his side were 1-0 up.

Germany were humiliated as they lost their World Cup opener for the second time in a row

Rudiger had been spotted showboating minutes before Japan scored their equalising goal

Galloping down the wing, Rudiger showboated as he shepherded a ball out, making a play of how easy he had found it to outpace his Japanese opponent.

Minutes later, Japan equalised and then went ahead, before holding on – meaning Germany have now lost their opening group games at the past two World Cups after they were defeated by Mexico in 2018.

Barlow’s Sportsmail colleague Samuel agreed with him and felt that neutrals love the game because of the drama and upsets it can bring. 

He said: ‘If Brazil got knocked out by Saudi Arabia there’s a giant killing aspect – people like giant killers. 

The Real Madrid defender was left embarrassed and Barlow said people love it when teams like Germany lose due to their ‘perceived arrogance’

The Daily Mail’s chief sports writer Martin Samuel insisted neutrals love to see a giant killing

‘For example, no one has anything against Newcastle but when they play Stevenage in the FA Cup people are willing Stevenage to win because they’re smaller and the underdogs – that’s the nature of football. 

‘I agree with Matt that Germany have a record of great success and got this perception they come to tournaments and dominate and are a steamroller machine so when it goes wrong people like that.’

Germany now face real danger of going out at the group stage for a second successive tournament after Wednesday’s shock defeat.

They face Spain on Sunday in their second Group E clash with Luis Enrique’s side starting their campaign in scintillating fashion with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday.  




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