From Toni Kroos there was no attempt to downplay the significance of Germany's exit from the World Cup, nor any attempt to deflect the blame.
Now, Germany boss Low has admitted that Ozil was one of a handful of players who failed to deliver for the world champions at this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.
Germany, the reigning World Cup victor and a popular pick to win the tournament again this year, has been knocked out of the World Cup group stage, an utterly shocking development.
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Critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin have accused him of using the World Cup to defy Western sanctions over the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, though a number of national leaders and ministers have attended matches and met Putin or members of his government. The underdog Koreans stunned the reigning titlists 2-0 and consequently eliminated them from the tournament. "Jogi Loew made a great job but this tournament we will forget. No one expected this", said seasoned commentator Bela Rety from public broadcaster ZDF, speculating about the future of head coach Joachim Low.
The first-round elimination was Germany's first since 1938 and their supporters in the stadium were left fuming with their side's poor performance.
Former South Korea forward Ahn Jung-hwan, who scored the goal that knocked Italy out of the last 16 in 2002, said the result showed the unpredictability of the game.
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Low himself said he would need some time to ponder his next move after 12 years in charge of the Germany squad. They had a disappointing draw with Iceland (1:1) and a thorough beating from Croatia (0:3). Which way did we go? They would win the 1970 trophy too, but 1966 was a disaster.
But the 20-year-old student was determined to look on the bright side.
Later on Saturday, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay battle reigning European champions Portugal as slim +180 chalk, while Sunday's action has Spain taking on host nation Russian Federation as a heavy -180 bet, and the surprising squad from Croatia clashing with Denmark as -120 favourites.
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