Germany's shock World Cup exit another case of the winner's curse

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After 16 consecutive World Cups, world champions Germany are going home.

Low told the BBC: "The disappointment of us being eliminated is just huge".

Monday's later match pits Neymar and a Brazil lineup that seems to be finding its form against a mercurial Mexico squad that knocked off Germany and South Korea but got hammered by Sweden. We have to analyse what mistakes we have made.

Two stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min in Kazan proved just that.

The World Cup group stage has been hailed by some as the most exciting ever, but while the action has been thrilling, Jose Mourinho says fans should not expect to see revolutionary tactics from the teams in Russian Federation.

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There were also rumours of rift within the team between the Confederations Cup winners and the World Cup winners, while the mini-scandal involving Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan and their decision to pose for a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also did not help the team's preparations.

But Die Mannschaft instead failed to pass the first round for the first time since 1938, leaving Ozil to rue what went wrong.

Their team also opted to travel across the Atlantic by boat after several Italian internationals were killed in the Superga air disaster of May 1949 that decimated the great Torino side of the time.

Bild headlines from Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014 and its 2-0 loss to South Korea in 2018. Sweden topped the group, and Italy went home.

"After a European Championship or World Cup, you can judge the work that has been done in the previous two years". (The world No. 1, Germany, did not advance.) Opposite them, teams like Spain, Croatia, and England were dealt what looks like a much easier path to the final, as long as they can take care of business in their opening matches.

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Spain and Russian Federation played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in a friendly last November, while their last competitive meeting came at the Euro 2008 semi-finals, where the Spaniards ran out 3-0 winners.

"But of course there are always crucial moments in the World Cup that can bring a player to the eyes of the world, the player that scores a winning goal in a specific moment, a player that scores an wonderful goal that stays for history", he said. They had a disappointing draw with Iceland (1:1) and a thorough beating from Croatia (0:3).

Both of the remaining sides will come from Group H and there are now three teams who are vying for that spot - Colombia, Japan and Senegal.

The group stages are over and now the elimination games are set to begin.

Following Wednesday's shock exit of four-times champions Germany, the knockout draw could now harbour more surprises than ever before.

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