The defending champions came unstuck late on in Kazan, losing 2-0 thanks to a pair of stoppage-time goals as they were caught out chasing a victory they desperately needed.
Germany had over 70 per cent of the possession at the Kazan Arena but were unable to break a resilient South Korean side. This is how humiliating defeat was for the Germans: in the last four World Cups they have reached at least the semi-final.
Loew struggled to explain it.
He later told a news conference: "Where we go from here, we have to think about it calmly, it will take me some hours to come to terms with it". They are now without a win in their last five matches and the last time they earned themselves a victory was in May against Honduras. "We will have to have discussions tomorrow, we'll see how it goes". "We have to apologise for that". "Germany are the defending champions, number one in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking so I thought about what mistakes they could make". Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Group F match between South Korea and Germany.
Hummels had a free header from six yards out but the ball ended up striking his shoulder and the chance was gone.
"Today it was not easy but, yes, no team could get through easily".
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"We were playing for the Korean people", said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.
'The disappointment of being eliminated is just huge, ' said Low, who has managed Germany since 2006.
Those set of results, while possible, is highly unlikely, so this match will be about Germany finding their attacking mojo and scoring a fair few goals past the South Korea defence.
The goal was initially wiped out on an offside call, but a review by the video assistant referees (VARs) overturned the decision on the field, giving South Korea a 1-0 lead over shell-shocked Germany. "We need to draw the right conclusions".
"At the moment it is hard to say (why we have been eliminated). We wanted to win but we didn't have what it takes".