Big boot for Germany

Few ever believe that four-time champion Germany is on their way home after shocking exits from the first round.

Germany’s air of global invincibility has long since gone and these past couple of weeks were perhaps the final confirmation of that fact. 

Germany, once regarded as nailed-on certainties to go deep into major tournaments and even in Qatar, despite a chaotic 4-2 win against Costa Rica. Japan’s 2-1 win over Spain proved terminal to their hopes. 

Painful for die-hard global fans since this is the second World Cup in succession that Germany has failed to get out of their group, suffering the same fate in Russia in 2018.