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

Mesut Ozil

The reigning world champions were incredibly dumped out in the group stages of the competition courtesy of their 2-0 defeat to Japan on Wednesday afternoon.

They were knocked out on penalties to the Germans in both World Cup '90 and Euro '96.

Suffice to say that things deteriorated quickly in terms of global relations after that result.

"He's one of the best players in the world, and I am more than convinced we'll see him in this tournament again".

Perhaps it was not such a surprise, though, as it continues a recent trend - or curse - with nations that have won the World Cup.

"We said before the tournament that it is the world champions who lead and shape the team".

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.

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In stark contrast, the paper had used the same headline in 2014, alongside a photo of an elated Kroos, when Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final.

The return of Ozil is the main talking point as Germany go in search of the win which would guarantee them a place in the next round.

"We had enough chances to score", he added.

In fact, only Brazil of the past five winners have managed to extend their defence of the title past the group stage with 1998 winners France falling at the first hurdle in 2002.

With Germany making a disastrous exit from the FIFA World Cup 2018, there was shock in the country, while it seemed that the rest of the world was celebrating. We were rightly eliminated from the tournament.

Korea, grouped with Germany, Mexico and Sweden, failed to move on to the next stage despite its dramatic victory over Germany, due to its earlier losses to Sweden and Mexico. Germany, the holders, finished bottom of the group after losing to Mexico and South Korea. But the team never really seemed to recover from its opening 1-0 loss to Mexico.

So, by all means soak up the schadenfreude, but don't expect it to last for too long.

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