In one of the competition's biggest ever shocks, Germany failed to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time for 80 years, but it was the meek manner of their capitulation against South Korea in their final game that really stung.
Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of 10 wins, but Hummels said the team had not played well since they wrapped up qualification late past year. "I think we've grown since our last match".
Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.
Low refutes suggestions German football is about to enter a dark phase, insisting "there are enough young players, who are very talented and ready to develop". Scores of 1-0 would have created a three-way tie for first on points, goal difference and goals scored, setting in motion a host of other tiebreakers that disfavored Mexico.
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Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score.
Neuer was personally at fault for South Korea's second goal as he was caught in possession on the edge of the Koreans' penalty box deep into injury time, allowing Ju Se-jong to play a long ball up field for Son Heung-min to tap into an empty net.
That's when South Korea stepped up.
Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to top Group E and cruise through to a last-16 meeting with Mexico.
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Sweden won the group and will play Switzerland on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Mexico conceded an own goal by Edson Alvarez in the 74th minute of the game.
Switzerland 2, Costa Rica 2 - At Nizhny Novgorod, Russia: Switzerland qualified for the round of 16 despite twice losing the lead in a draw with Costa Rica, which had already been eliminated. He also highlighted the decision taken by Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan to pose for a picture with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the tournament as symptomatic of the team's problems.
Mexican finance minister Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya also called his counterpart in Seoul to thank South Korea, Seoul's finance ministry said, promising to treat him to a meal at the next G20 finance ministers' meeting.
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