Where it all went wrong for Germany at the World Cup

World Cup: Late miss will 'haunt' Germany's Mats Hummels after shock exit

South Korea were pelted with toffees, a Korean insult, when they returned winless from Brazil 2014 and although they again leave early, after defeats to Mexico and Sweden, they finished above Germany on goal difference in Group F.

His manager has not been one of those to criticise him however, and has even jumped to his defence, saying that criticism of him alone is harsh, considering how poorly the entire team played. Believe it not, 2010 saw Italy crashing out at the group stages, and Spain clinching the title. To football fans, the Germans going out in the first stage of a World Cup simply just does not happen.

That was the problem, for Germany. But the strategy did not bring much success in the first half. The Germany keeper bobbled the ball and needed to swipe the rebound away from the attackers after a spectacular dive. "It seemed the players came onto the pitch looking exhausted, mentally, physically", German fan Jorg Roth told Reuters TV.

Gomez had a decent header stopped by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo in the 68th minute and could not properly connect with a low cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 72nd as Germany's hopes vanished. He went on to say, "In our training camp we prepared really well for the role of reigning champions ready to be hunted down".

Germany must win by two clear goals in Kazan on Wednesday to be sure of reaching the last 16.

Mexico collapsed to a rather surprising 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sweden, meaning that if Germany won, Mexico would be eliminated entirely.

Serbia to face the might of Brazil in Group E match
But Paulinho , the player that Tite calls his "secret weapon", lived up to his name by scoring the first goal at Spartak Stadium . Brazil extend their FIFA World Cup group stage unbeaten streak to 15 games on their way to topping Group E.

YEKATERINBURG, Russia-It was a surreal atmosphere at the end of Mexico's World Cup game against Sweden.

Their problems in Russian Federation began when they lost 1-0 to Mexico in their opening match.

The matchups: South Korea vs. Germany and Sweden vs. Mexico.

Die Mannschaft were not only the defending champions but they had won the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation last summer with a team of reserves, and had cruised through World Cup qualifying without dropping a point.

They were celebrating Korea's unexpected 2-0 victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which allowed the North American side to progress to the knock-out stages of the tournament which is being held in Russian Federation. I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination'.

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