Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Michael Ballack surprised by timing of Joachim Low contract

Michael Ballack surprised by timing of Joachim Low contract

Mourinho has been working as an exclusive pundit for RT during the World Cup in Russian Federation, and gave insights into how he has viewed the quality of the action on the pitch and the teams' approach to the tournament.

Low told the BBC: "The disappointment of us being eliminated is just huge. But now we are at a World Cup, it's a new cycle, a new format", said coach Tite in an attempt to keep feet on the ground. As a result of the group stage of the World Cup, the Russian team reached the 1/8 finals for the first time in history.

While Belgium will undoubtedly enjoy heading into the knockout stage having won every match they've played thus far, the team now finds itself with a much more hard path to the final.

With Jerome Boateng suspended following his sending-off against Sweden, Mats Hummels returns to the centre of defence alongside Niklas Suele - the Bayern defender also earning his maiden World Cup start. The Samurai Blue, Asia's last team at the finals, will be outsiders having never reached a World Cup quarter-final, while only Russian Federation have a lower Fifa ranking.

Bild headlines from Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014 and its 2-0 loss to South Korea in 2018.

After two impressive wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia came back down to earth with a bump against Uruguay, with the 3-0 defeat seeing them finish second in Group A.

The Philippines, ranked 111th in the world, will actually battle South Korea as they belong in Group C together with China and Kyrgyzstan.

Star player, Son Heung-min, also said: "Thank you to all of you who came today".

After the miracle of 2006, when the Azzurri won the trophy in Germany despite the chaos being caused in their domestic game by the Calciopoli scandal, 2010 in South Africa was a spectacular disaster for the Italians.

Following Wednesday's shock exit of four-times champions Germany, the knockout draw could now harbour more surprises than ever before.

Manager Shin Tae-yong addressed the crowd and said that returning home so soon after crashing out in the group stages was disappointing. After losing to Mexico, Toni Kroos secured a dramatic 2-1 win over Sweden with a late free-kick, and it looked like the wind was back in their sails. A 3-0 win over Australia in their last game was scant consolation.

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