Mueller dropped as Khedira, Ozil return for Germany

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

Defender Alvarez's own goal makes the seventh time at this World Cup that a player has sent the ball into his team's net - a tournament record with 22 matches still to be played.

Others erupted into tears and buried their heads in their hands as a sense of disbelief spread through the crowd at Germany's largest public viewing area.

Germany, the reigning World Cup victor and a popular pick to win the tournament again this year, has been knocked out of the World Cup group stage, an utterly shocking development.

But the reigning world champions surprisingly lost 2-0 to South Korea which saw them end bottom of Group F with one win and two losses.

The Germans reached the semifinals at the 2016 European Championship and won last year's Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for the tournament in Russian Federation, with what was basically a reserve team.

"As he plays at the moment he does not help the team to defend the title".

Her spokesman also shared the shock of a nation in a sympathetic tweet.

England are world experts in the post-tournament post-mortem, so let us see what their long, hard road to progress can teach the deposed world champions.




Another Italian daily, La Repubblica, said the last time Germany were knocked out of the World Cup so early was in 1938.

But others were less generous.

Ozil, who lasted the entire 90 minutes of their Group F defeat to Mexico, was compared to a "dead frog" by former Germany global Mario Basler.

Ozil was dropped after the opening game defeat to Mexico but was restored to the starting line-up by Joachim Low for the must-win match in Kazan. Continuing with Loew is "hardly imaginable", it wrote.

"It will take a few hours to see things clearly, the disappointment is very deep", the 58-year-old replied when asked if he will resign.

He added: "We want to accomplish the impossible".

Despite the heartache, not all Germany fans despaired.

Despite their mediocrity across the board, there was one particular player in the German squad who has been singled out for his poor displays.

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