South Korea goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo makes a save from a shot by Germany's Leon Goretzka, hidden behind, during the group F match between South Korea and Germany at the World Cup match in Kazan on Wednesday.
I didn't look at that group and think automatically that they would go through.
Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score. "But there isn't a single reason or a single thing for why we failed", he said.
Instead, they conceded two late goals while chasing the game to lose 2-0 to the Koreans, leaving the Swedes, who beat Mexico 3-0, and the Central Americans to progress with Germany rock bottom of the group.
"The disappointment of us being eliminated is just huge", said Germany coach Joachim Loew, who is now under pressure to quit despite signing a contract extension until 2022 last month.
"It is a really, really bitter evening for us", defender Mats Hummels added. We didn't succeed in our penetration in the last third. Today, for the first time we chose to play with four and not that structure. Over 14 years we got better and better, we were the most consistent team in the world for the last 10 years and we were world champions. I'm shocked, I'm shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off.
Uruguay concern over Edinson Cavani injury after Portugal win
Next up for the underdogs is France and if they can snatch the first goal, their defence could see them through to the final four. However, Cavani struck a well-placed shot in the 62nd minute to ensure that Portugal moves on to the quarter finals.
"After the Mexico match we had a long chat.He's very open to comments and highly self-critical".
After failing to fire in their opening match in Russian Federation, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil appear to be finding their normal fluency with each match as they go in search of a sixth World Cup.
"Throughout the 88-year history of the World Cup, Germany had always been a hero", the daily said.
As the game wound down, people started sneaking away and then streaming home after South Korea's second goal in the final minutes.
Having apparently rescued their tournament with a last-gasp victor against Sweden in their second match, Low was convinced they would go on to beat the winless South Koreans and qualify.
Each with one match to go, all of the four teams have a theoretical chance to reach the knockout stage but also are not without the possibility to be eliminated.