LIVE: Germany, Japan Open Play in World Cup Group E

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Sports Illustrated

By Avi Creditor Follow along as the Germans make their World Cup return after a humiliating exit in 2018, while Japan sets out to play spoiler in a group with two European heavyweights. When we last saw Germany at the World Cup, it was bowing out early from its title defense after a humiliating exit in the 2018 group stage. Now, four years later, Die Mannschaft have retooled, reloaded and are back for another go at the sport’s top prize. Hansi Flick’s Germany begins its run toward redemption against a very stout and capable Japan, which has made the knockout stage in three of the last five Wor…

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