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By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Gündogan slams Germany's performance in loss to Japan: "Not everyone wanted the ball"

Speaking after Wednesday's 1-2 defeat against Japan, Ilkay Gündogan slammed Germany's performance.
Ilkay Gündogan didn't mince his words after Germany's World Cup opening 1-2 defeat against Japan yesterday.

Among other things, the Manchester City midfielder said it seemed like "not everyone wanted the ball".

"We made it too easy for Japan. The second goal, in particular, shouldn't happen. We're at the World Cup.

"'Manu' [Neuer] saved us a few times. We had incredible chances to score but didn't make it 2-0. That must not happen to us.

"We also didn't build up the play well from the back. The conviction to hold the ball from the back and offer yourself was missing - so we played long balls.

"You almost got the feeling that not everyone wanted the ball. We simply lost the ball way too often."

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