Germany, the winners of the last World Cup in 2014, opened up their campaign in Russian Federation with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico.
Kroos admitted Germany fell short of their best in all three of their World Cup matches, acknowledging the lack of urgency among the players as Sweden's 3-0 victory over Mexico piled pressure on them to find a winning goal against South Korea. When playing one bad match in a tournament is below par for a German team, Low's has failed to turn up in two. They will come back.
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Videos posted on social media also showed ambassador Kim Sang-il sharing a bottle of tequila with fans and jumping up and down as the crowd partied outside the embassy, chanting "Korean brother, now you're Mexican!"
Four-times champions and four-times runners-up, Germany were heavily backed to retain their title.
South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong did not reveal which player would captain his side against Germany, just saying the role would not be for the faint-hearted. "They are a strong rival that beat Germany and Korea and qualified at the expense of Germany".
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Germany coach Joachim Loew said his players will be wary of the speed and pace of their opponents to avoid getting caught on the break.
The 55-year-old, who accused Germany's backroom staff of "rubbing it in our faces", also needs to deal with the delicate fall-out surrounding his winger Jimmy Durmaz. Andersson says, "It's important that we're able to move on after that". Brazilians flocked to Kroos' account in numbers, taking turns to send him similar messages mocking Germany's exit from the tournament. "We made numerous mistakes against Mexico, fewer against Sweden, but we still lost the ball in midfield".
They followed that up by nearly drawing with Sweden, but for a wonder-strike by Toni Kroos at the death.
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Much tougher tests await, beginning with Belgium - who have also hit a total of eight goals past Panama and Tunisia - on Thursday. There will be no World Cup matches on Friday, with the Round of 16 scheduled to start Saturday evening, Thailand time.