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Loew is still regarded as the best coach to take Germany back to the level they were, but he now has to find a way to ease out old players who disappointed in Russian Federation to make room for younger players.

The Herald Business' sports page said, "The German Goliath went from composure to tears in 99 minutes", while Yonhap News said, "after defeats at the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, South Korea finally stopped the German tank".

Although Germany beat Sweden thanks to a late Toni Kroos free-kick, defeats either side to Mexico and Korea Republic saw the defending champions finish bottom of Group F.

France came to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea with a wonderful side that had won the trophy on home soil in 1998 and then won the European Championship in 2000. The underdog Koreans stunned the reigning titlists 2-0 and consequently eliminated them from the tournament.

While there's so much at stake for these teams, fans will hope the enterprising and positive football that's been a feature of this World Cup continues beyond the group stages.

There is a huge amount of education and information embedded in the performances of every team in the 2018 World Cup, simply because the general standard of play all across the board has risen.

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Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier and Kevin De Bruyne are one card away from suspension, as yellow cards are not struck off until the quarter-finals.

It is only the second time that Germany have been knocked out in the first round, the last coming in 1938 before the introduction of the group stage.

Germany coach, Joachim Low said that Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil was one his players who under-performed at the World Cup.

"Friendlies and tournament qualifiers for a footballing nation like Germany are not proper indicators of the state of our team. That's who we have to play against on our 1st Asian Cup", said the Azkals team manager in another Tweet. "There will be other tournaments where we can cheer again", Steffen Seibert wrote.

Whereas, England will need to overcome Colombia, Switzerland and Croatia before Harry Kane gets the famous trophy in his hands. Brandt was picked the World Cup ahead of Leroy Sane, the forward who had 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 Premier League appearances with Manchester City this season.

After a "dark day" for German football, as Neuer put it, the future looks bright.

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