Toni Kroos admits early World Cup exit is what Germany deserved

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Football fans have descended on the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, as the Asian nation eliminated Germany from the World Cup with a 2-0 win in Russian Federation this morning.

German soccer fans had their hopes of a fifth World Cup title dashed on Wednesday after watching their team crash out of the tournament in the opening round for the first time in 80 years.

"Of course we are extremely disappointed in ourselves and the result and the World Cup we played".

The Times said: "Day the Germans just disappeared", with a photo of Son Heung-min about to shoot into the net without a single German player in the picture.

Meanwhile, Arsenal confirmed their second signing of the summer last week when they tied up a deal to bring goalkeeper Bernd Leno to the club from Bayer Leverkusen.

Leaving aside Uruguay - who won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for the 1934 edition - it is the sixth time in the history of the competition that the reigning champions have failed to make it past the first hurdle. In a disastrous defence, Spain were aware they were exiting after just two games.

Another Italian daily, La Repubblica, said the last time Germany were knocked out of the World Cup so early was in 1938. "We got ourselves into a real mess", admitted Javier Mascherano, while France coach Didier Deschamps still seems incapable of getting the very best out of his talented squad. Keep watching, not only to see whether your team goes on to win, but also to focus on the intensity of effort, dedication and commitment each team will display in an attempt to celebrate with the Cup at the end.

A 0-0 draw would be fine, but if Germany scored, Mexico would be eliminated.

But they could find themselves on a collision course with Brazil in the semi-finals, as they lie on a side of the draw that features countries totalling 10 World Cup wins between them.

"Far-reaching measures and clear changes are needed, and we must talk about how we do that". Iran nearly pulled off a major upset when, with a little help from VAR, they held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their last game, while Spain needed a stoppage-time strike from Iago Aspas to avoid defeat against Morocco.