Roy Keane rips into Germany's 'schoolboy' defending in Japan defeat

‘If you conceded a goal like that in training, you would stop and say are you concentrating?!’: Roy Keane rips into Germany’s ‘schoolboy’ defending as Hansi Flick’s side suffer shock 2-1 defeat to Japan in their World Cup Group E opener

  • Roy Keane blasts Germany and their defending in their shock 2-1 defeat to Japan 
  • Takuma Asano netted the winner in a famous victory for Japan over Germany 
  • Karen Carney also says Germany were not clinical enough in both penalty boxes
  •  Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Roy Keane has criticised the German defending as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan in their World Cup opener on Wednesday.

The Japanese recorded a famous victory thanks to Takuma Asano’s second half winner and it saw Hansi Flick’s team go down in their opening game of Group E. 

Germany had taken a first-half lead through an Ilkay Gundogan penalty, but Japan levelled through Ritsu Doan, before Asano’s winner seven minutes from time. 

Roy Keane lambasted the German defence as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan in Qatar

Keane called Germany’s defending ‘schoolboy’ for Taksuma Asano’s winner in Group E opener 

After the game Roy Keane was speaking in the ITV studio and blasted the German defending for Japan’s clincher, describing it as ‘schoolboy defending.’ 

The former Republic of Ireland captain said: ‘If you conceded a goal like that in training, you would stop and say, are you concentrating, are you doing it properly.

It is schoolboy defending. Neuer almost made himself look smaller.’ 

Keane also praised the performance of Japan, who recorded their first-ever win over Germany, and complemented the bravery of Hajime Moriyasu’s side. 

Asano’s winner meant Japan enjoyed their first-ever win over Germany and blew the group wide open 

He added: ‘Some teams when they park the bus there isn’t an option, but they had players up the pitch. The bravery of this team, I take my hat off to them.’ 

Karen Carney was alongside Keane for the coverage, and she was equally critical of Germany, believing their downfall was down to them not being smart enough in box boxes. 

Flick’s side failed to add to their one goal advantage in the first half, and then couldn’t stop Japan when they threatened in their own box. 

‘It was both 18-yard boxes for Germany today.’ The former England Lioness said. 

‘You have 25 chances and aren’t clinical and then you switch off. What happens in the middle is redundant, you have to be clinical at both ends.’ 

Germany failed to capitalise on their first half chances and ending up losing their opening game at the World Cup 

Carney also believed a goalie of Manuel Neuer’s standing should not have been beaten at his near post, as he was for Asano’s winner. Although she makes it clear what a smart finish it was from the forward. 

She continued: ‘Neuer should not be getting beaten there, he should encroach. I don’t want to take away from that touch from Asano, that is world class.’ 

Completing the punditry line-up, Ian Wright recognised that Japan targeted Niklas Sule for their match winner, and also highlighted the performances of teams like Japan and Saudi Arabia so far at this year’s tournament. 

Wright said: ‘They seemed to target Sule. He has dropped in and kept him onside, the ball comes forty yards, that is a quality touch. 

What we have seen from Saudi Arabia and Japan is two solid teams that haven’t given up.’ 

Japan celebrate another shock win at the 2022 tournament and will play Costa Rica on Sunday 

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