Germany have failed to win two matches in a four-team group stage for the first time in 32 years, since this format was introduced to the World Cup, and only for the fourth time overall. South Korea handled their end of the bargain, but Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0 as those two countries moved on. South Korea's Son Heung-Min added another goal a few minutes later in one of the most shocking results in soccer history, officially eliminating defending champion Germany.
A 1-0 defeat to Mexico and a last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden have left Joachim Loew's team in danger of becoming the German side to exit at the first-round stage since 1938.
Germany ended up last in Group F. Sweden and Mexico advanced from that group to the round of 16.
Having surprisingly 1-0 lost to Mexico in their opening match in Russian Federation and then required a 95th-minute strike from Toni Kroos to overcome Sweden 2-1, the Bayern Munich centre-back acknowledged they have not been at their best for a long time.
"It was only after the match that we found out the other score (and that Korea didn't qualify), of course we were disappointed and that's why some of us cried".
Though South Korea were still eliminated from knockout contention, Jo was named the well-deserved Man of the Match.
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"The domestic press knows that before the World Cup about half the players were injured", Shin told reporters at the Kazan Arena.
Germany were caught out at the back as they threw men forward in search for a late victor, with Kim Young-Gwon flicking home inside the box two minutes into injury time.
Germany's best chance of the half fell to, of all people, Mats Hummels, who misplayed his header horribly when wide open six yards out from goal.
Kim was not so profligate when he fired home from close range - although he was initially given offside before a VAR review sparked renewed celebrations - and Son completed the job. "We need to congratulate our opponents", an apologetic Loew said.
Germany, meanwhile, will be desperate to show they have finally arrived at the tournament after two indifferent performances against Mexico, which they lost 1-0, and Sweden. South Korea, on three, finished third, ahead of Germany on goal difference.