Germany is the third straight World Cup holder to exit early


From chants of "goodbye" to stunned silence, Germany fans reacted with dismay to their defending champions' humiliating World Cup exit Wednesday after a first-round loss commentators called a "historic disgrace".

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of 10 wins, but Hummels said the last time the team had played well was when they wrapped up qualification late previous year.

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.

British newspapers revelled in Germany's World Cup despair on Thursday as Italy's Corriere della Sera commiserated with their plight - mindful of the fact the Italians did not even make it to Russian Federation.

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

That's right. Before this tournament a Germany side had never been knocked out at the World Cup group stage since 1938, but in an incredibly disappointing campaign for Joachim Low's side, they will bow out of the tournament with just four points.

The 4-time champions needed to beat the unfancied Asians by two clear goals in their final group F match in Kazan to advance to the last 16.

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However, while one of the pre-tournament "favourites" have fallen at the first hurdle, Brazil booked their spot in the next round, coming away with an uncharacteristic 2-0 win over Serbia, with Mexico waiting for them in the second round, as the Central American powerhouse fell 3-0 to Sweden.

'And what comes out is that if you want to play a good World Cup it doesn't start two or three weeks before the World Cup.

The leaders must be the first to take the fall.

"I must take responsibility for this". Spain then almost doubled their lead before a spectacular header from Robin van Persie got the Dutch even.

Still, Spain had lost their opening match to Switzerland in 2010 and went on to win the title.

Khedira replaces Sebastian Rudy in midfield after Rudy was sidelined with a broken nose suffered against the Swedes and will partner Toni Kroos, who hit Germany's last-gasp victor against Sweden.