Joachim Low criticizes Ozil after Germany exit

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil reportedly had a verbal spat with angry Germany fans after Die Mannschaft's humiliating exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Now, Germany looks to be entering into a rebuilding period, or perhaps more accurately a retooling period, something the country's history - Germany has won four World Cups in all - and robust club and youth development infrastructure suggests it should be able to do.

In each of the last three finals - and in four of the last five - the holders failed to make it out of the group stages.

Italy had won the 2006 World Cup despite coming into the tournament on the back of the Calciopoli scandal that racked European football and led to the relegation of Juventus.

Toni Kroos's sublime victor against Sweden had given Germany hope heading into the game in Kazan, but Low's men again failed to find any semblance of form against a disciplined Korea Republic side. In the opening match, Senegal upset the defending champions 1-0.

And the press made the most of the demise of Joachim Loew's side, eliminated from the World Cup at the first-round stage for the first time since 1938.

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Granqvist added: "When we heard that this had occurred, the squad was annoyed". Nearly all teams like to have control of the ball these days.

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Simeone meanwhile was scathing of error-prone goalkeeper Willy Caballero, whose howler led to Croatia's opening goal. However Simeone said Argentina needed to rediscover their fighting spirit to have any chance of progressing.

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I felt since the beginning good on grass. "So you think how to get it a little bit different, which I did after a few games". She's a great player, wonderful on grass. "It's fantastic to defend a title", said Kvitova.

"Our World Cup nightmare has come true", screamed the Bild daily.

The long-serving head coach is expected to stay on in his role , despite the concerns that have arisen as a result of his team's shock World Cup elimination.

Mesut Ozil holds his head after Germany's Tuesday's shocking 0-2 defeat by Korea Republic at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. I take responsibility for that and stand up for that, but I thought it was a good team.

"O Rei" returned for their decisive last group outing against Eusebio's Portugal, but was the victim of another meaty tackle and was forced to limp his way through the remainder of the match as Brazil lost 3-1 again to go out. Sweden topped the group, and Italy went home.

In Spain, meanwhile, national sport newspaper Marca called Germany's exit "the curse of the champions".

The World Champions were eliminated with a 2-0 loss to South Korea in Kazan.

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