Speaking during the VISA Match Centre on Viacom18 Sports’ FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 presentation, the English & Portuguese legends gave their take on Germany’s shock defeat to Japan
Viacom18 Sports expert Wayne Rooney elaborated on why Germany lost the foothold on the game in the second half.
“Yeah, I didn’t see that result coming. In the second half, fair play to Japan – they stayed in the game and were constantly a threat on the break. I think just before they scored the first goal actually when you have ‘X’ players talking about teams or players getting complacent. I think there were moments when the ball went down to challenge and you get a bit complacent, a bit arrogant and showing off a little bit and then you lose your concentration. Maybe that’s what happened to Germany and Japan are a very humble country, they took advantage of that and in the end deserved the win,” said Rooney.
During the show on Sports18 and JioCinema, Luis Figo also spoke about how the result of the game surprised him. “Well, for me it was a surprise after the first forty-five minutes because I think they performed well. I think the changes didn’t bring anything positive for Germany and against the changes in the Japan squad totally changed the dynamic of the team. It’s just like Argentina – you lose the first game and now you’re under pressure.”