Michael Ballack questions Joachim Low contract timing after Germany's World Cup failure

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Joachim Low has admitted that Mesut Ozil was one of a number of players who failed to perform for Germany following their shock World Cup exit.

Germany's failure to make it to the 1/8 finals became the main sensation of the group stage of the tournament.

Juicy ties have been lined up for the second round, with France against Argentina arguably the pick in a stacked top half of the draw, while the likes of England and Colombia may feel a path to the final has opened up.

Loew, who has the support of the German federation and is under contract until the next World Cup, has not ruled out leaving his position following the debacle.

"We really had the feeling that our team wanted to move ahead and qualify for the knockout stages".

Under Low's leadership, Germany reached the final of EURO 2008, as well as the last four at the following European Championships and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Pele's great Brazil side rocked up in England having won the previous two World Cups.

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It had appeared as if Brazil , after a 1-1 with Switzerland in its opening game, was heading for another stalemate. Stoppage-time goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar helped Tite's side to a vital three points in Group E.

While this overloaded side of the bracket may seem a bit unfair to contenders looking to take home the World Cup, it will undoubtedly make for some incredible football.

Coming off a 1998 triumph on home soil, Les Bleus were one of the favourites for the Japan/South Korea World Cup four years later.

Their sensational victory over Germany wasn't enough to redeem them after humbling defeats to Sweden and Mexico in the first two games of Group F. Modric has scored in two games out of three at Russian Federation 2018, while Eriksen's shoulders carry both Denmark's creative and goalscoring threat.

"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.

Their miserable campaign was capped by a late humiliation, as Korea struck twice in stoppage time thanks to an inspired performance despite knowing Sweden's win would also send them home from the World Cup.

Resting some starters and with possibly more to be gained with a loss in the match than a win, England never attacked with a convincing effort, and the match ended at the 1-0 mark.

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