DOHA, Qatar — These are the Days in which the A powerful fall Day 3 the World Cup: Argentina was reeling from a crushing defeat to Saudi Arabia. On Day 4, it was Germany’s turn. Another of the A pre-tournament friend was embarrassed and shocked by a rumored makeweight.

This time, Japan took center stage. It had struggled for air just like Saudi Arabia. the first half, falling behind to a penalty from Ilkay Gündogan and then holding on with grim determination to restrict the Damage before the half-time break. Just like Saudi Arabia, it took advantage of its good fortune and drew level through Ritsu Donan before claiming victory with Takuma Azano’s goal.

Japan’s win is not, in truth, a shock of the same order as Saudi Arabia’s defeat of Argentina a day earlier: Japan Is, after all, a frequent presence at the World Cup is an element of each of the The last seven editions. On occasion, a team survives long enough that it can make it beyond. the Group stage. The most notable victories of the group stage have been against the It is not like Colombia or Denmark, but it had not made any seismic impact. the tournament.

That was changed by defeating Germany. It’s not just because of the caliber of opponent — Coach Hansi Flick’s Germany boasts a core of players from Bayern Munich, as well as stars from Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund — but because of the Possible consequences

Drawn in the Same group as another the favorites, Spain, Germany — which began the game with a silent protest against FIFA’s armband ban — had precious little margin for error. This is not a knockout blow but it should the Germans fail to beat Spain when they meet on Sunday, one of Europe’s great traditional powers would face the Anger at a second, successive elimination the Group stage

It is tempting to wonder if a pattern might be emerging. The first days World Cups are a bit chaotic. the Most talented teams are still getting used to their shapes and their rhythms, while those designated as underdogs are not yet faced with harsh realities.

Given the Qatar is a country that has a lot more than just Qatar. the Traditional three-week break to create players from different clubs into something that resembles a cohesive unit. Coaches had only a few days. The rosters the Favorites are filled with players who have already spent the Previous three months, I played a game nearly every day for three days.

It has not applied to everyone — France and England both sailed through their opening games — but nor are Germany and Argentina the Only powerhouses can fall. Croatia, a 2018 finalist, had struggled through a scoreless tie with Morocco on Wednesday. Tunisia held Denmark to a draw, despite Denmark having qualified in an imperious manner. In these times of shock and awe reputations seem to be very important.