The Herald Business' sports page said, "The German Goliath went from composure to tears in 99 minutes", while Yonhap News said, "after defeats at the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, South Korea finally stopped the German tank".
Even before the final whistle blew in Russia's Kazan Arena, supporters in Berlin had begun leaving the city's so-called fan mile, disappointed by Germany's lacklustre performance against South Korea in a match heavy with missed opportunities.
After two impressive wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia came back down to earth with a bump against Uruguay, with the 3-0 defeat seeing them finish second in Group A.
Regardless of which path it takes, one of these 16 teams is now just four wins away from World Cup glory.
Top stat: Uruguay are the only team yet to concede a goal at the World Cup, keeping clean sheets in all three of their group games.
Germany's failure to make it to the 1/8 finals became the main sensation of the group stage of the tournament.
"I think we tried our best, it wasn't a lack of that", Kroos said.
Switzerland held Brazil in their opening game before beating Serbia and drawing with Costa Rica sent them through, but even though Federation Internationale de Football Association rank them the sixth best in the world, they have not reached the last eight since hosting the tournament in 1954. "Jogi Loew made a great job but this tournament we will forget". They were not playing with body language.
It's still too early to know whether the old guard incarnated by Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Sami Khedira and Jerome Boateng who were all far from their best in Russian Federation will decide to call it quits in the coming months. But it's also the 4th time this century that the defending champions got knocked out in the first round.
"This is football", said Ahn, who is working for Korean television at the World Cup.
Sane will be part of Germany's plans in the future, and there are more bright prospects in the building from the German squad that won the European U-21 championship previous year.