Bochum's Takuma Asano was among those on the scoresheet as Japan recorded a 4-1 friendly win over Germany in Wolfsburg.
As it happened!
Full-time: Germany 1-4 Japan
Four for Japan
Asano seals the win for Japan
Sane clips cross in
Rüdiger heads wide
Kimmich whips free-kick in
Two more changes
Ter Stegen saves again
Sane bursts in from the right
Great passing but few chances
Germany walking a fine line
Another big Ueda chance
Gnabry tries to weave through
We're back in action
Half-time: Germany 1-2 Japan
Ter Stegen denies Ueda
Ito turns it in
Japan dropping back
Sane sends a super ball in
Sane to Wirtz
Japan threaten again
Chance for Sane to make his mark?
Japan back in front
Sane strikes back for Germany
Ito effort saved
Goal for Japan
Schlotterbeck header saved
Free-kick to Germany
Off we go
Time for the anthems
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Japan starting XI
Germany starting XI
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- The returning Müller is the most-capped player in the squad with 122. He also has 44 goals and 40 assists since his debut in 2010.
- At the other end of that spectrum, former Ingolstadt man Pascal Groß (Brighton) made his debut.
- Füllkrug has been Germany's most potent attacking force in 2023 with four goals. He was joint-top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 16.
- Germany were ranked five places higher than Japan in the latest FIFA World Ranking (15th vs. 20th). They have previously spent 1,148 days at No.1.
- This was only the fourth meeting between the two nations, with one draw and one win apiece previously.
- Five Japan players ply their trade in Germany in Itakura (Gladbach), Ito (Stuttgart), Takuma Asano (Bochum), Ritsu Doan (Freiburg) and Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Düsseldorf).
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Germany: Ter Stegen - Kimmich, Süle, Rüdiger, Schlotterbeck (Gosens 64') - Can (Groß 64'), Gündogan (c) - Sane, Wirtz (Brandt 73'), Havertz (Müller 73') - Gnabry (Schade 81')
Unused subs: Trapp, Baumann, Thiaw, Tah, F. Nmecha, Henrichs, Hofmann
Out: Füllkrug (knock), Musiala (back)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Japan: Osako - Tomiyasu, Itakura, Suguwara (Hashioka 84'), H. Ito - J. Ito (Kubo 75'), Endo (c), Morita (Tanaka 75') - Kamada (Taniguchi 59'), Ueda (Asano 59'), Mitoma (Doan 84')
Unused subs: Ko. Nakamura, Schmidt, Furuhashi, Ke. Nakamura, A. Ito, Machida, Morishita, Maeda, Maikuma
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu
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