Late miss will 'haunt' Germany's Mats Hummels after shock exit

Late miss will 'haunt' Germany's Mats Hummels after shock exit

Late miss will 'haunt' Germany's Mats Hummels after shock exit

"I take responsibility for that and stand up for that, but I thought it was a good team", he said, according to the Daily Mirror.

Even Brazil are doing it now, with that sweetly-worked second goal against Serbia on Wednesday.

There are 10 European teams in the last 16, and only one of 10 past European World Cups has been won by a side from another continent. The first phase, featuring just one goalless draw and already a record number of penalties, has been marked by Germany's stunning exit, their earliest in 80 years.

The World Cup is very close among the 16 nations that have advanced to the second round and for the first time in our history, few would care to select a victor.

The 2014 champions suffered the heartbreak of first round elimination at the World Cup finals for the first time since 1938 in the process.

With a rest day ahead of the last-16 clashes, we have rated every team based on their performances in the group stages.

Although Germany fell well short in its World Cup title defense this summer in Russian Federation, it did make history of a sort.

Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who was a losing World Cup finalist in 2002, said: "The national jersey must feel like it weighs a million tonnes to the players right now".

Now, Germany boss Low has admitted that Ozil was one of a handful of players who failed to deliver for the world champions at this summer's tournament in Russian Federation. The defence with practically non-existent in all three games and in midfield they were only able to come up with pretty passes.

Despite the heartache, not all Germany fans despaired.

Harry Kane scored in injury time to secure England's 2-1 over Tunisia in their first match of the tournament while Uruguay left it late to beat Egypt with an 89th-minute goal from José Giménez. "There will be other tournaments where we can cheer again", Steffen Seibert wrote.

The hosts were on a seven-match winless streak going into the tournament, but quickly ended it by thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 on the opening night and then beating Egypt 3-1. This kind of blind rage fueled by your team having an bad match four years ago is what the World Cup is really all about.

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