Joachim Low jumps to Mesut Ozil's defence after World Cup exit criticism

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But a 2-0 reverse against South Korea, coupled with Sweden's 3-0 defeat of Mexico, means that Joachim Low's men are on the way home from Russian Federation.

Riskier wagers were being placed on South Korea which, with odds of 12/1, enticed gamblers with the potential for higher returns, leading to William Hill winning just over half of the stakes on the game.

In the match against Sweden, which they only won thanks to a brilliant late strike from Toni Kroos, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was left out.

England and Belgium face off in their final Group G encounter on Thursday, with an eye on who they will play in the knockout.

Russian Federation 2018 is a serious dent to Loew's golden reputation and his 12-year reign could be coming to an end. The win against Germany nearly assures that the reception would be warmer this time around.

A lack of tempo in Germany's game has been a glaring factor and when the pressure was on, none of his stars could crack the South Korean defence. Four years on in Mexico, Brazil would again win the World Cup with arguably the greatest global team ever.

The powerful Mannschaft, the dominant force of world soccer in recent years, crashed out miserably in the first round of the World Cup, and few saw it coming.

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.

Football fans have descended on the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, as the Asian nation eliminated Germany from the World Cup with a 2-0 win in Russian Federation this morning.

The Taeguk Warriors, semi-finalists in 2002, brought the defending champions "down with them", Yonhap news agency said, adding that Germany "unceremoniously bowed out of the tournament".

The writing on the wall, from defeats to Brazil and Austria, plus a shaky win over Saudi Arabia in a pre-tournament friendly, was ignored to Germany's peril.

Amazingly, it is the first time in eight decades that Germany have failed to make it past the opening round of World Cup competition.

Captain Manuel Neuer, the only player to address reporters, defended Low and said the team was well-prepared for the World Cup. Whatever they chose, Loew or the next German coach needs to focus on youth and keep giving chances to the likes of Nikas Suele, Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka and Julian Brandt, who will all gain some valuable experience from the Russian failure.

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