Berti Vogts slams Germany players following World Cup exit

Berti Vogts slams Germany players following World Cup exit

Berti Vogts slams Germany players following World Cup exit

After two games, Mexico looked like a lock to win its group, but a 3-0 drubbing to Sweden put Mexico on the verge of missing the knockout round all together, and they needed a prayer and two goals from South Korea to get over the line past Germany. They went on to win the tournament, beating Argentina in the final.

Federation Internationale de Football Association fined Mexico for homophobic chants by their fans, Denmark were fined for a sexist banner, and some women at the tournament have been targeted by discriminatory behaviour. The 2018 World Cup surely has plenty more exciting and dramatic moments to share with us in the days to come, but here are the most memorable incidents from the group stage.

There had been some worrying signs, though, in the buildup to the tournament as Germany failed to keep clean sheets in their last five friendly games before the tournament, even losing to Austria 2-1 in early June.

If Eriksen finds the net against Croatia, he will become the first Danish player to score in both the group and knockout stages of a World Cup since Jesper Olsen in 1986.

Uruguay, though, are the only team not to have conceded a goal.

So after the drama of the last fortnight, who is best set to go far in the knockout rounds?

Germany coach Joachim Low has said "far-reaching measures and clear changes are needed" after the World Cup holders' shock group stage exit. It's do-or-die time for the teams that have entered the Group of 16. That means there will be a new champion, so our CBS Sports prognosticators have locked in their predictions, and their brackets are presented below along with round of 16 picks and World Cup final picks. They won all three group games, and a run to the semis like in 1998 is not beyond them, although coach Zlatko Dalic had a warning for his team before facing Denmark. Monday's later match pits Neymar and a Brazil lineup that seems to be finding its form against a mercurial Mexico squad that knocked off Germany and South Korea but got hammered by Sweden.

Sunday starts with Russian Federation hosting Spain in Moscow's main stadium, with the late game pitting Denmark, which hasn't lost since the fall of 2016, against Croatia, which eased through its group with three wins.

Croatia now faces a fellow European opponent with a singular star in Christian Eriksen, and should Croatia mark him out of the game, it's tough to see Nicolai Jorgensen and Yussuf Poulsen creating chances for themselves.

The game plan is simple and Sweden appear to be able to execute it. Poland were eliminated after defeats to Senegal and Colombia, who consequently had a chance of qualifying following an opening-day defeat to Japan.

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