After Sweden took its lead, and with a heavily favoured German side still sitting scoreless with South Korea, El Tri was just one German goal away from elimination, despite winning its first two matches of the group stage. They blanked Serbia 2-0 in Moscow to win Group F. Switzerland and Costa Rica duelled to a 2-2 tie in Nizhny Novgorod that ensured the Swiss would advance and the Ticos wouldn't go home as the only team not to score.
Nervous Germany increased the pressure after the break and poured forward but despite a one-sided second half it could not find the back of the net before South Korea's last-gasp double.
The defending champions went into the final game of the group stage knowing a win against South Korea would likely see them through to the last-16 if the other result went their way.
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, though, a bittersweet success for the Koreans, who exited the tournament as well, despite becoming the first Asian side to defeat the Germans at a World Cup, as Sweden beat Mexico and both teams advanced. "I think we kept trying to turn it all around".
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Former Germany star Mario Basler slammed the national team's sub-par performance. "I don't think any of us expected this at all". Meanwhile, Toni Kroos gave a damning assessment of Germany's failure.
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Get the latest World Cup news updates. "Shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off and beat Korea Republic and we lost this game".
"At this tournament we didn't deserve to win again or move to the round of 16". Originally called out for offside, the goal was then given after video review.
He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years".
Therefore, Germany are going home while the World Cup dream lives on for Sweden and Mexico. In Germany we had chances, but shot Goretzki handled by the goalkeeper, and Werner and Hummels from a killer position did not hit the target.
South Korea, however, finished its campaign in Russian on a high, scoring two goals in injury time.