'We're sorry for not playing like world champions, and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out'.
"We did not put the ball in the net, even though we had plenty of opportunities, including myself in the 86th minute - I have to score from chances like that".
Mexico supporters were tense as they watched their team fall behind against Sweden with their World Cup survival on the line, but erupted with joy despite the 3-0 deficit on the scoreboard after learning South Korea had taken the lead against Germany to send them through to the knockout round. They won one game and drew two in both 1958 and 1978, while in 1986, they went on to play the final despite winning, drawing and losing one game apiece in Mexico.
That left Germany with 40 minutes to find the one goal they needed to qualify at Mexico's expense and Kroos, their lifesaver against Sweden, just fired wide nearly at the same time the Swedes went 2-0 up through Andreas Granqvist's penalty.
After the goal, Germany had to commit practically everything for the equalizer but at the cost of leaving no one behind-including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.
The Mexican team's official beer sponsor also showed its gratitude to the South Koreans, sending their embassy in Washington several dozen crates of alcohol, along with the message: "Showing thanks to our South Korean friends as the official beer of the Mexican national football team".
Germany fell behind to South Korea with two late goals from Kim Young-gwon (92nd minute) and Son Heung-min (96th minute), but it is the last goal that left German fans at St Petersburg dumbfounded.
The World Cup will have a new champion this year.
Germany coach Joachim Loew has not ruled out resigning after the world champions crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday.
Ozil has been heavily criticised throughout the tournament and was dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden last week.
"At the moment it is hard to say (why we have been eliminated)".
Defender Mats Hummels admitted Germany's group stage exit was a "bitter" shock.
The Arsenal playmaker was employed in a relatively deep role and he simply wasn't able to cut through South Korea's resolute defence.
South Korea, for its part, needed a miracle to qualify for the next round; in the end, although neither side qualified, it was a match that will be remembered for years to come in the Asian nation.