Michael Ballack slams DFB for Joachim Low decision

Time to fill in the World Cup knockout-stage blanks

Time to fill in the World Cup knockout-stage blanks

Could anyone have guessed that the current world champion Germany could have spent ninety minutes on the field of play and succumb to the likes of Mexico and South Korea within a period of 14 days?

The stoppage time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min which gave Korea their first win in this World Cup after two defeats sparked jubilant scenes among Korea's players and Cho said he and his team mates thought they were going through until they learned of the result from Yekaterinburg.

Germany coach Joachim Low has said "far-reaching measures and clear changes are needed" after the World Cup holders' shock group stage exit.

It is only the second time that Germany have been knocked out in the first round, the last coming in 1938 before the introduction of the group stage.

The fact that three of the last four World Cup Champions have gone out in the group stage of the following World Cup is quite incredible.

The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfielder, who won 98 worldwide caps during his career, admits he was surprised to see Germany play so badly in Russian Federation.

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Most of the people who love the game of football have a definite favourite to win the tournament and they are even prepared to search the archives in order to prove that their team will win.

'A team only begins to gel later at the tournament, so it makes sense to bring some [players] in and let it go easy on them. It seems that the head coach Jorge Sampaoli does not handle the situation in the team at all, and, as they say, all decisions are really taken by Messi.

England and Belgium will take on each other in a clash of the European heavyweights as they battle it out for top spot in their group on Thursday.

"I didn't think Thomas Muller had been that convincing in the first two matches and I wanted to make a point there (by dropping him)".

'We needed to throw things forward and it opened things up in defence'.

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