Japan defeat means Germany have no margin for error: Flick

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Germany have their backs to the wall after losing their World Cup opener to Japan and cannot afford another slip up against Spain on Sunday if they are to have any chance of advancing, coach Hansi Flick said. The four-times world champions suffered a shock 2-1 loss to the Japanese on Wednesday, after having led 1-0 and wasting scores of chances. The Germans inexplicably took their foot off the gas in the second half and conceded two late goals to suffer their third consecutive defeat at a major tournament opener. “We have no free shots any more,” Flick told an online news conference on Thursda…

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