It was smooth-sailing for five-time champions Brazil and Neymar.
"We will have to have discussions tomorrow, we'll see how it goes". So we deserved to be eliminated.
"We didn't deserve to win the title again and we didn't deserve to progress to the round of 16".
Yet they scarcely looked capable of scoring, let alone going on to claim another trophy.
For South Korea there was jubilation in collecting a first World Cup win over Germany in three attempts.
The German players trudged off goalless at halftime, with frowns on faces and whistles ringing out from the terraces.
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The match was evenly poised in the final 10 minutes of the first half, but chances were few and far between for both nations. Heimir Hallgrimsson's men were pressurising the Croatians in the final five minutes as they went in search of another goal .
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Then Senegal claimed Africa's first win of this tournament, beating Poland 2-1. Japan and Senegal will be facing off on June 24.
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The president of the German Football Association (DFB) expects there to be changes in the squad after the tournament in Russian Federation but insists Loew, 58, will oversee the grooming of the next generation.
"I'm shocked", Germany coach Joachim Löw told reporters. Ki Sung-yueng is really a pillar for our team, he takes lot of pressure from us.
"Today it was not easy but, yes, no team could get through easily".
Striker Timo Werner - who set the Bundesliga alight last season - failed to make an impact although one could argue he was playing out of position on the wing. "We lost but we're in the next round", Alcocer said, "So, we're very happy".
"It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and that's why some of us cried".
After failing to find a way past superb Korea 'keeper Jo Hyeonwoo in the second half, Germany could only look on in shock as United States referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim Younggwon had bundled his shot past Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.
Their own defence was exposed on the counter-attack, however, and it finally buckled in the third minute of stoppage time when a corner fell to an unmarked Kim who poked the ball home from close range. Originally called out for offside, the goal was then given after video review.
Minutes later, Germ-any's humiliation was completed with a touch of farce. They can score goals. Loew said he had not yet reflected on the future. At our training camp we prepared well and we came here ready to take on the role of defending champions.