Mexico and South Korea

Adjust Comment Print

How else do we explain Leroy Sane failing to replicate his Manchester City form for his country to such an extent many in Germany agreed with his exclusion? With some 30,000 Mexican fans in the 45,000-seat stadium, it was not exaggerating to say that Rostov Arena was El Tri's home.

Suffice to say that things deteriorated quickly in terms of worldwide relations after that result. "We had high expectations for ourselves but I don't think we could fulfil them in any of the three games", he said.

Focus online wrote that Loew had much in common with Merkel, who has often had herself photographed with a successful German team, including when they won the World Cup four years ago.

Former captain Lothar Matthaus, who lifted the World Cup with West Germany in 1990, wrote on Twitter: 'This is a very sad afternoon'.

Dr Ottorino Barassi, one of FIFA's Vice Presidents, took ownership of the trophy on behalf of the governing body during the conflict by stealing it from a bank vault.

German players looking devastated following the team's surprising early exit from the 2018 World Cup.

But this is the first time for them, when the First Round has been in a group stage format. We wanted to win but we didn't have what it takes, we lacked the fluency, the ease of play.

Failure to qualify for the World Cup knockout rounds would significantly dent Loew's reputation after 12 years as head coach but his job is understood to be safe after he signed a contract extension until 2022 last month.

Low appeared to get some calls right, notably dropping Ozil and Sami Khedira after poor games in the opening defeat against Mexico.

Juan Carlos Osorio said he was "hurt" by his side's 3-0 World Cup loss to Group F winners Sweden, even though they also qualified.

Mexico were left hoping that Germany did not beat South Korea in the other final group game, as the tension that had bubbled throughout ratcheted up a notch.

A last-gasp victor from Toni Kroos against Sweden in the second match appeared to have gotten Germany back on track.

As for their own team, the fans' disappointment was palpable. Gundogan in particular was targeted with boos in the team's friendly against Saudi Arabia on the eve of the World Cup.

They knew they were going home after just two matches of a disastrous trophy defence, as a 5-1 humbling at the hands of the Netherlands was followed by a 2-0 defeat against Chile at the Maracana.

Germany ended up last in a group it expected to win.