Germans put brave face on soccer defeat as their world wobbles

FIFA World Cup 2018

Germany need to win against South Korea to reach Round of 16

The holders were knocked out at the group stage following their defeat to South Korea on Wednesday, as Sweden and Mexico advanced to the last 16.

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?

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

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

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.

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. Economists see little chance of a World Cup hit.

Heading into the final match of group play, the odds were stacked against Germany.

Japan upsets Colombia, 2-1
The 2018 World Cup has already been a memorable one with two records being thrashed in both good and bad ways. Japan will take on Senegal on June 24 and then face Poland on June 28.

Mexico are stuck playing group E winners and five-time world champions Brazil.

"We knew that Sweden were leading but we didn't have enough to get a goal".

Even in their second game, a 2-1 win over Sweden, Die Mannschaft looked weak and had to rely on a late goal from Toni Kroos to keep their World Cup hopes alive into their final game having done down to 10 men. We have to be disappointed in ourselves after such a tournament.

South Korea also lost left back Park Joo-ho during the match after he sustained a hamstring injury, while trying to control Jang Hyun-soo's stray long pass. Park was replaced by Kim Min-woo, but it was Kim who later brought down Sweden's Viktor Claesson and gave up a penalty kick. All thanks to South Korea's brilliant effort that pulled off a massive upset by beating the defending champions, and cleared the path for Mexico to enter the round of 16.

They suffered their worst run for 30 years when they went five games without a win leading up to the tournament, and only scraped a 2-1 victory against Saudi Arabia in their final match before Russian Federation 2018 kicked off.

Italy have historically been slow starters in World Cups.

The "young millionaires" refrain could perhaps be applied to numerous teams in Russian Federation, and although the Germans battled until the end to beat the Swedes, they appeared to be infected by a meek resignation to their fate as they toiled against South Korea. In the opening match, Senegal upset the defending champions 1-0.

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