Germany fell to a shock 2-1 loss to Japan to start their Qatar 2022. So, how have the four-time World Cup champions fared after losing their first game over previous tournaments?
Die Mannschaft arrived in the Middle East among the favourites to fight for the 22nd FIFA title to date. Only Brazil (5) have held the golden gong aloft more often than Germany and Italy (4). Yet boss Hansi Flick now faces a crunch clash with Group E rival Spain on Sunday.
La Roja are seeking their second World Cup title after triumphing for the first time at South Africa 2010. They also started their Qatar 2022 campaign in imperious fashion by thrashing Costa Rica 7-0. Any defeat to Spain on November 27 could be the end of Germany’s hopes.