Germany v Japan LIVE commentary: Hansi Flick’s side begin redemption quest following 2018 horror show, Leroy Sane out with knee injury

    Four-time champions Germany will kick off their World Cup campaign with an opening Group E tie against Japan this afternoon.

    Germany endured a shocking time four years ago as they finished bottom of their group after defeats to Mexico and South Korea.

    Hansi Flick’s Die Mannschaft must hit back and perform in Qatar starting today.

    Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia in qualification.

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