Up next, we’ll see if Germany can forget last year’s heartbreak as they take on Asian powerhouse Japan at their Group E clash. The German team is looking to bounce back from their disappointing World Cup Campaign in Russia, where they crashed out at the group stages and let another title slip through their grasp. Manuel Neuer will start in goal as he becomes the first German player to ever play in four consecutive editions of the tournament. Joachim Low has opted to start Kai Havertz as the team’s target man and he will be hoping that Thomas Muller can find his scoring form again after returning from a long injury lay-off.
Results: Croatia vs. Morocco – After an exciting game on Wednesday, Croatia played to a 0-0 knot against Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium. It’s early in the World Cup and it looks like Europe is the strongest when it comes to credibility of footballing pedigree, but that may change as we see other nationalities in the game grow their footballing strength. There are plenty of encouraging signs for European footballers that they won’t be challenged for dominance (yet) by nations outside of Europe. Results meaning that Denmark, Poland, Wales and now Croatia have been held by Tunisia, Mexico, USA and Morocco.
Starting off with XIs
The German National Team has an excellent defense with players like Manuel Neuer, David Rück, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Joshua Kimmich. For the midfield they have Ilkay Guendogan, Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller who also plays as a striker. Sergen Gnabry and Kai Havertz round out the roster
Japan: Shuichi Gonda, Hiroki Sakai, Ko Itakura, Maya Yoshida, Junya Ito, Yuto Nagatomo, Wataru Endo