TOPSHOT - (From L) Germany's forward Thomas Mueller, Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos and Germany's forward Julian Brandt react after South Korea's forward Son Heung-min (unseen) scored the second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Germany at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 27, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Das Unglück: Player Ratings for Germany's 23-Man World Cup Squad

In a World Cup full of shocks and twists, Germany's elimination at the group stages was by far and away the biggest surprise of them all. 


Die Mannschaft failed to reach the knockout stages at the World Cup since 1938, as Joachim Low's team went from top of the world in 2014 to bottom of Group F four years later. 


While their tournament only lasted three games, here are Germany's player ratings from the World Cup 2018:

1. Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich's goalkeeper is often regarded as the best in the business, but was woeful in 2018. 


The 32-year-old had not played a competitive league game since the middle of September when the tournament started, and his lack of game time could easily be seen through his lack of sharpness. 


Neuer was beaten at his near post for Mexico's winner in the opening group game, while in the decisive match against South Korea, the Bayern Munich man looked rusty and nervous throughout the ninety minutes. His midfield cameo at the end of Germany's tournament was both farcical and hilarious, as he instantly gave the ball away for South Korea's second goal. Will we ever see Neuer at a World Cup again?


Tournament rating: 3/10

2. Marvin Plattenhardt

The Hertha Berlin left-back made his World Cup debut against Mexico in Germany's opening match and the nerves clearly got to the 26-year-old. 


Plattenhardt didn't make a single tackle, interception, block or even a foul in the Mexico match, and was replaced with 12 minutes to play. He was never seen again in Russia 2018. 


Germany really miss Phillip Lahm...


Tournament rating: 2/10

3. Jonas Hector

Jonas Hector was called up to replace Plattenhardt for the Sweden and South Korea games and was equally lacking in quality.


The Cologne full-back was regularly caught far too high up the pitch over those two games, leaving lots of space in behind for attackers to punish. Perhaps that's how Joachim Low asked Hector to play, considering the Germany coach frequently neglected his defence throughout the tournament, but even then, Hector still didn't manage a single successful cross when given the opportunity.


Germany really miss Phillip La - oh I already said it.


Tournament rating: 3/10

4. Matthias Ginter

Ginter didn't play a single minute during the tournament so it is unfair to criticise him. Germany probably wouldn't have fared any better with the 24-year-old in the side anyway. He was the only outfied player not to be used by Joachim Low.


Tournament rating: N/A

5. Mats Hummels

Hummels was meant to be one of the leaders of the side, but certainly did not lead by example.


The 29-year-old was nowhere to be seen for Mexico and Sweden's goals against Die Mannschaft, while he also missed three sitters in the South Korea game. Had the Bayern Munich man scored one of them, Germany would have made the knockout stages and his country would have been knocked out a few days later.


Tournament rating: 3/10

6. Sami Khedira

The Juventus man had a woeful game against Mexico in the opening game and was rightfully dropped for the second match against Sweden.


Against El Tri, Khedira failed to protect the back four (or back two as it was), while also gave the ball away frequently and had the second-worst passing accuracy out of any of his teammates.


The 31-year-old improved against South Korea, but by then it was too little too late.


Tournament rating: 4/10

7. Julian Draxler

The PSG forward did alright against Mexico when it came to being a wide threat against Mexico but was wasteful in front of goal.


He was kept in the side for the Sweden game but committed more fouls than produced shots and was taken off at half-time for Mario Gomez. The 24-year-old was not trusted for the last game against South Korea, which shows how little faith Low has in him.


Tournament rating: 4/10

8. Toni Kroos

Amidst all the failings in this Germany side, Kroos was one of the better performers for Die Mannschaft at the World Cup. 


The Real Madrid star made more forward passes than any other player in the tournament and showed how much of a big-game player he is by scoring the winner against Sweden in stoppage time. 


Although Kroos will be 32 when Qatar 2022 comes around, Germany will have to hope that Kroos has the legs to play in one more World Cup.


Tournament rating: 6/10

9. Timo Werner

Four years ago, Germany had Miroslav Klose, the all-time record goalscorer at the World Cup, in their ranks. Now they have Timo Werner leading the line, who is not even a tenth of the player Klose was. 


Germany's number nine only managed to produce seven shots at goal in three games and none of them remotely tested the Mexican, Swedish or South Korean goalkeepers. In fact, Werner had more offsides and mis-placed touches and passes than efforts on target, in an uninspiring tournament for the Leipzig forward. 


Tournament rating: 3/10 

10. Mesut Ozil

Ozil was once again chosen as Germany's scapegoat for the failure in Russia, but a closer analysis on the Arsenal midfielder's performances at the World Cup show that he was actually one of Die Mannschaft's better players.


In the Mexico game, Ozil had more key passes than Draxler and Kroos combined, but was surprisingly dropped for the Sweden game. Germany missed the 29-year-old's creativity from open play and that was also proved in the South Korea match, when the Arsenal man made more key passes (7), more successful dribbles (4) and played more through balls than any other German player.


It's a shame Ozil had so many deficient strikers ahead of him.


Tournament rating: 6/10

11. Marco Reus

Many fans were delighted to see Reus in Germany's World Cup squad after missing the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships through injury.


And while Reus was one of only two players to find the net in Russia 2018, the Borussia Dortmund player was often played in an unnatural central position to accommodate players such as Julian Draxler and Thomas Muller.


And when the 29-year-old was given his opportunity in his more familiar left-wing role in the South Korea game, he failed to make an impact.


Tournament rating: 5/10

12. Kevin Trapp

In his role as substitute goalkeeper, Trapp was not used during the competition. The Paris Saint-Germain shot stopper has only appeared three times for his country, having only made his debut for Die Mannschaft twelve months ago.


Tournament rating: N/A

13. Thomas Muller

The 28-year-old was the top scorer in the 2010 World Cup and was equally lethal during Germany's successful 2014 campaign, but Muller was almost anonymous during this summer's tournament.


The Bayern Munich forward went missing against Mexico, was wasteful against Sweden, and was then dropped to the bench against South Korea. A tournament to forget for Muller.


Tournament rating: 3/10

14. Leon Goretzka

Goretzka was not used until the final game against South Korea, and while he was very good at building up German attacks, he was guilty of missing a glorious chance to send Germany into the knockout stages.


Latching onto a cross from the right, the 23-year-old was unmarked in the penalty area but could only direct his header straight into the grasp of Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo. Perhaps Goretzka should have been used more.


Tournament rating: 4/10

15. Niklas Sule

Like Goretzka, Niklas Sule was also only used in Germany's final outing against South Korea and did little to show that he has the capability of starting ahead of the likes of Mats Hummels or Jerome Boateng in the near future.


The 6ft 5 defender's failure to clear the ball from a corner allowed South Korea to score their first goal, and the Bayern man's first World Cup with his country was definitely one to forget.


Tournament rating: 3/10

16. Antonio Rudiger

The Chelsea defender was only used once during the tournament, and that was to deputise for the injured Mats Hummels during the Sweden game.


In fact, Rudiger looked a lot more assured at the back than any of the German centre-backs, and it was surprising that the 25-year-old was not picked ahead of Sule for the final game against South Korea.


Tournament rating: 5/10

17. Jerome Boateng

It was a nightmare tournament for Boateng, who looks a shadow of the man who won the World Cup with his country four years ago. 


Perhaps the lack of midfield protection could explain the 29-year-old's uncertainties at the back during the Mexico game, but his outing against Sweden was a disastrous display. The Bayern defender should have been sent off in the first-half for a last-man challenge that wasn't punished, before being poorly positioned for Sweden's opener later on in the half.


Boateng was then finally sent off for two bookable offences and was therefore suspended for the South Korea match.


Tournament rating: 2/10

18. Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich was another of Germany's bright sparks during the World Cup, as his threat from crosses gave strikers Timo Werner and Mario Gomez the opportunity to hit the target, which they ultimately failed to do. 


While the 23-year-old was frequently caught way too high up the pitch in all three of Germany's matches, that is mainly the fault of Joachim Low who, as previously mentioned, neglected his defence throughout the whole tournament. Kimmich will still be a key player for Die Mannschaft in the future.


Tournament rating: 6/10

19. Sebastian Rudy

It is rather unfair to criticise Sebastian Rudy, considering he only played the first half and hour of the Sweden game, before being forced off with concussion. 


It was a shame for the Bayern Munich man, as he was looking very bright up until that point.


Tournament rating: N/A

20. Julien Brandt

Julien Brandt was a used substitute in all three of Germany's matches and looked very bright when he appeared off the bench. 


The Bayer Leverkusen winger hit the woodwork in both the Sweden and Mexico matches, but did little to change Germany's fortunes in the decisive South Korea match. Perhaps Brandt should have been used from the start in one of these games? His cameo performances may have also justified Low's decision to pick the 22-year-old over Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.


Tournament rating: 5/10

21. Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan's only appearance of the 2018 World Cup came as a first-half substitute in the Sweden match, and did not affect the game too much.


To be fair to Gundogan, his role in both the Manchester City and Germany team is to not affect play in the final third, but to keep the ball ticking over in the midfield area. The 27-year-old did that to good effect in the Sweden game as Die Mannschaft put the Swedes under pressure to score a late winner.


Tournament rating: 4/10

22. Marc André Ter-Stegen (N/A)

Being another of Germany's back-up goalkeepers Ter Stegen was not used at all during the tournament in Russia. The Barcelona man deputised in net for Die Mannschaft when Manuel Neuer was injured for the majority of last season.


Tournament rating: N/A

23. Mario Gomez (3)

Gomez was the effective focal point for Germany in Euro 2016 and while the 33-year-old's height did cause some defences some problems in Russia 2018, his finishing was woeful throughout the entire tournament. 


The Stuttgart man somehow managed to miss from a couple of yards out against Sweden, while also failing to trouble the South Korea 'keeper from decent positions in the final group game. Gomez has been a great servant for his country over the past ten years, but it may now be time to hang up the international boots.