The Defending Champs Exit the World Cup

The Defending Champs Exit the World Cup

Germany is out. The defending World Cup Champions are out of the tournament. After three poorly played games, Germany only recorded two total goals.

Opening the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico, something had to click to get Germany back on track, some thought that Tony Kroos’s free-kick goal in the 95th minute that gave Germany the win over Sweden was that spark, that was not the case.

Germany left, arguably, one of the most talented young players in Manchester City’s Leroy Sane at home. J Low brought Julian Brandt and Gündogan instead, and Brandt was a spark in each game. Brandt created scoring opportunities when he was brought on at the end of all three games, yet could not supply a goal.

The Germans only had to get a 1-0 victory over South Korea thanks to Sweden taking it to Mexico with three goals. Jo Hyeon-Woo, the South Korean goalkeeper, had a stupendous game, recording 6 saves and keeping Germany scoreless.

Germany might have to see an overhaul before their next qualifications with an aging squad, that includes Mario Gomes, Khedira and Neuer, who have a combined 188 caps for the national team. This squad becomes the 4th of the last 5 Champions that go out in the Group Stage of the FIFA World Cup.

Alex Kriese

June 27th, 2018

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