"We deserved to be eliminated", Germany coach Joachim Loew said.
"We still have not qualified but who would have said we would have six points by now?" asked Hernandez, a former Manchester United forward who always appears happiest wearing the green of his country. It happened to other nations before. We have to be disappointed in ourselves after such a tournament.
Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having also suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opener and only scraped past Sweden with a stoppage- time victor.
Looking ahead to the round of 16, Mexico will play Brazil, the victor of Group E. "We've definitely grown since the last match".
On Monday at 9pm, Brazil will face Mexico, with the match to be shown on Amarin TV.
South Korean secured their victory (and Mexico's advancement) a few minutes later by capitalizing on an empty net.
Four of the last five winners, including Germany this year, have failed to get out of the group stage of the next tournament.
With the group going down to the wire, Germany needed victory against the lightly regarded Koreans to give themselves a chance of progressing.
"I can't really explain what we did wrong". "The situation is very hard to put into words". "Even when it was 0-1, I think we kept trying to turn it all around".
Had Germany won today they could have taken Mexico's place in second in Group F.
Social media in Mexico instantly erupted into memes: a Mexican in cowboy hat and boots dancing to "Gangnam Style", a fake news headline on Mexico changing its official language to Korean, Twitter users vowing to start listening to K-pop and watch more Korean dramas on television. "The last game we delivered a good performance was in the autumn of 2017".
"Thanks Korea, because of you we are still in the world cup".
Apologies by the two men and promises not to work "within the stadium premises" when Germany plays South Korea on Wednesday were taken into account by FIFA's disciplinary panel.
Second-half goals from defenders Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist from the penalty spot, plus a comical own goal were reward for a physical display from Sweden, who only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs.
It meant Sweden topped the group ahead of Mexico, with South Korea jumping into third with Germany rock bottom.
The German community in Nairobi was plunged into mourning on Wednesday after their national football team was bundled out of the ongoing Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.