Sportsmail's team in Doha tell WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL why shock Germany loss to Japan was so welcome
‘There were huge celebrations in the media center when Germany lost’: Sportsmail’s team in Doha tells WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL why the shock defeat to Japan was so welcome (and that’s WITHOUT mentioning Rudiger’s showboating!)
Even neutrals in the press box applauded Japan’s historic victory over Germany for their “supposed arrogance,” Matt Barlow believes.
Germany lost 2-1 to Japan in their opening match at the World Cup after two late goals from Ritsu Dona and Takuma Asano in another massive upset at the tournament.
There were huge celebrations in the press box and main media center in Doha after the game, and Barlow insists that people enjoy seeing teams like Germany lose.
Japan secured a memorable 2-1 win against Germany in the World Cup and caused a huge stir
Matt Barlow discussed Germany’s defeat to Japan in the latest World Cup Confidential
Daily Mail football writer Matt Barlow spoke as part of Sports mail and the MailPlus daily videocast ‘World Cup confidential’. It will appear on MailOnline every morning of the tournament and can be found on our YouTube channel.
Conversation with colleague Sports mail colleagues Ian Ladyman, Rob Draper and Martin Samuel, Barlow believed people are tired of Germany dominating tournaments.
In the episode, Barlow was questioned by Ladyman on why people were so happy about Germany’s historic loss after similar scenes at the World Cup four years ago.
Ladyman had asked: ‘There were huge parties in the main media center in Doha and excitement when Germany lost. That was also the case in Russia four years ago.
‘What is it about the Germans that provokes people so much? 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 was cheering and it wasn’t even the English counter.
“I was at Euro 2016 watching from another stadium when England lost to Iceland – everyone there was cheering.
“Because it’s perceived arrogance. I think England, Germany and a few other countries think they are good at football and everything they do is okay.
“Maybe they saw a lot of wins with the Germans and a lot of finals coming. Maybe they fancy something different.’
The accusations of arrogance were compounded by German defender Antonio Rüdiger showboating as his side led 1-0.
Germany were humbled when they lost their World Cup opener for the second time in a row
Rüdiger had already been noticed showboating minutes before Japan scored the equalizer
Rüdiger galloped down the wing and showboated as he pushed a ball out, making a game of how easy he had found it to beat his Japanese opponent.
Minutes later, Japan equalized and went through, before holding on – meaning Germany have now lost their opening group matches of the past two World Cups after being beaten by Mexico in 2018.
Barlow’s Sportsmail colleague Samuel agreed, saying Neutrals love the game for the drama and turmoil it can cause.
He said, “If Brazil is knocked out by Saudi Arabia, there is a giant murder aspect – people like giant killers.
The Real Madrid defender was embarrassed and Barlow said people love it when teams like Germany lose because of their ‘perceived arrogance’
The Daily Mail’s chief sportswriter, Martin Samuel, insisted neutrals like to see a giant kill
“Nobody has anything against Newcastle, for example, but when they play Stevenage in the FA Cup, people are willing to win Stevenage because they’re smaller and the underdogs – that’s the nature of football.
“I agree with Matt that Germany has a record of great success and the perception that they come to tournaments and dominate and are a steamroller, so when things go wrong people like that.”
Germany is now in real danger of going out in the group stage for a second successive tournament after Wednesday’s shock defeat.
On Sunday they will face Spain in their second match in Group E with Luis Enrique’s side. They start their campaign in sparkling fashion with a 7-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday.