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DAY REPLAYED – There are some things that are never supposed to change: the sky is blue, water is wet and Germany are always there ...


DAY REPLAYED – There are some things that are never supposed to change: the sky is blue, water is wet and Germany are always there or thereabouts in the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup™. On Thursday morning, football fans the world over may be giving the sky a quick check, because for the first time since a group stage was introduced to the tournament, Die Mannschaft have failed to extricate themselves from it.

Defeated 2-0 by a determined Korea Republic side, the Germans join Italy (1950, 2010), Brazil (1966), France (2002) and Spain (2014) in the undesirable club of reigning champions, who have failed to advance to the knockout stages. The Taeguk Warriors’ victory, secured by two goals in stoppage time, is the first by an Asian team versus Germany in seven attempts at the World Cup, although it did not save them from elimination, because in the other match in Group F, Sweden motored to a well-deserved 3-0 win over Mexico.

At the mercy of a German goal for a significant period of their match, the Mexican fans appeared resigned to their fate, waiting for Gary Lineker’s famous quote – “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win” – to come true yet again. But this time, it was not to be.

Upon hearing that Korea Republic had scored, El Tri’s relieved supporters jumped for joy, almost forgetting the footballing lesson handed to them by Sweden in Ekaterinburg, in a match that featured the seventh own goal of Russia 2018 – a tournament record – and a second successful penalty from Andreas Granqvist. A statistic they are unlikely to forget, however, is that Mexico have now qualified for the second round for the seventh successive time.

The Swedes – who ended up as group winners – and Mexicans will now respectively face Switzerland and Brazil, who both stamped their tickets for the last 16 with a minimum of fuss. A Seleçao clinched a 2-0 win over Serbia, the opening goal coming courtesy of Paulinho, his 13th on the international stage and his eighth since Tite took up the reins and re-opened the door to the box-to-box midfielder.

La Nati, meanwhile, only needed a point, which they duly acquired against a hard-working Costa Rica team that had already been eliminated. The CONCACAF representatives at least gained the satisfaction of finally scoring in Russia, their goals in the 2-2 draw coming courtesy of Kendall Waston and a Yann Sommer own goal.

Did you know?
– Despite recording 72 shots on goal, the Germans only found the net twice in three matches during the Russia 2018 group phase – a success rate of just three per cent. Both goals came in the same match, in their 2-1 victory over Sweden.

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Hamann: I feel Argentina, Brazil or Spain will triumph


Dietmar Hamann could be “very shocked” if Germany turned the primary aspect in 56 years to retain the FIFA World Cup™ and believes the Russia 2018 winners shall be Argentina, Brazil or Spain.

“With the personnel we’ve acquired, I feel in depth we could also be higher than 4 years in the past, however I don’t assume the primary XI are higher,” the 59-times-capped former defensive midfielder informed Gulf Information. “There are a number of positions I’m actually frightened about and I’d be very shocked if Germany had been capable of defend the title.

“In Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm and Per Mertesacker, they misplaced 300 caps after the final World Cup. There are some gifted children coming by now, however they’re but to show their class. We’ve seen it within the [UEFA] Champions League – the cream rises to the highest and the World Cup is a novel match, generally folks get came upon there.”

Germany had been the one European crew to win all ten of their Russia 2018 qualifiers, scoring 43 targets and conceding simply 4 within the course of. Joachim Low’s fees additionally conquered final 12 months’s FIFA Confederations Cup.

Nonetheless, of their final 4 outings, they drew with England, France and Spain earlier than dropping 1-Zero at house to Brazil. And, regardless of Germany fielding under-strength groups in opposition to them, Hamann was left impressed sufficient to tag La Roja and A Seleção because the groups to beat in Russia – together with one other shock aspect.

“We performed Brazil a number of weeks in the past and Spain had been most likely the higher aspect in opposition to us,” stated the 44-year-old. “You shouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into friendlies, however I feel Spain and Brazil.

“After which the best way that Argentina certified, as a result of they wanted to beat Ecuador within the final recreation of South American qualifiers to get in. They went 1-Zero down after two minutes and Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and received that recreation.

“Typically, when you have got an in depth shave and qualify like that, and with it additionally probably being Messi’s final World Cup, I wouldn’t rule Argentina out both.”

Germany face Mexico, Sweden and Korea Republic in Group F at Russia 2018.

Hamann was a part of a Germany aspect that had been eradicated by Croatia at France 1998. The previous Bayern Munich and Liverpool midfielder additionally helped his nation attain the Korea/Japan 2002 Last, the place they had been undone by Ronaldo and Brazil.

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