Manuel Neuer was left on the verge of tears after Germany crashed out of Euro 2020 at the hands of England at Wembley.
The Three Lions earned a very small portion of revenge for heart-breaking defeats in 1970, 1990, 1996 and 2010.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane earned England their 2-0 victory, in a win which also ended Joachim Low’s stint as German national team coach.
Low had already announced he would be leaving the post after 15 years, with Hansi Flick now set to replace him.
It was a disappointing end for Low, who had guided his country to World Cup success just seven years ago.
And Neuer, who has made all 104 of his caps under Low, was close to tears as the realisation struck that his tenure had come to an end.
“After the final whistle, I looked towards the coaching bench and of course it’s a sad feeling when I saw Jogi,” Neuer told ARD.
“He’s a great guy and a great person and has achieved so much with us as a trainer. It’s damn sad that the era is ending like this.
“Former players owe him a lot and he shaped that era. That hurts.”
As for Low, he pointed the one-on-ones missed by Timo Werner and Thomas Muller, particularly the latter, which came just moments after Sterling had sent 45,000 fans at Wembley into wild scenes of jubilation.
Muller had the goal at his mercy, but after beating an onrushing Jordan Pickford, his shot also beat the far post.
“It’s a big disappointment for everyone,” Low explained. Faith was there, and so was hope.
“In games like this, it is crucial to take advantage of the big opportunities. Müller and Werner had two – we didn’t do that.
“We are sorry that the great enthusiasm at home is gone.
“We needed a chance like Thomas Müller’s today as a goal. We have to accept that he didn’t do it. But of course it hurts.”
England meanwhile can look forward to a quarter final in Rome on Saturday in a draw that is looking increasingly open for a run into the very latter stages.
But after Tuesday’s emotional win, England manager Gareth Southgate revealed he would be playing the role of party pooper to ensure his players keep their feet on the ground.
“I just thought it was a brilliant afternoon. We’ve talked about bringing enjoyment to the nation and afternoons like this is what that’s about,” Southgate told the BBC. “We played extremely well and I think we deserved the win.
“But if we don’t go and capitalise on that on Saturday now, then it doesn’t count for anything.”