It is the first time Germany have failed to make it out of the group stage since 1938, and the third consecutive time the holders of the World Cup have been knocked out of the group stages.
"It's very, very hard to put it into words", said Germany defender Mats Hummels, a member of the team that won in Brazil four years ago. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on.
Joachim Low admits Mesut Ozil was one of many Germany players who underperformed at the World Cup.
But despite peppering the Korean goals with shots, the Germans conceded two and, after Sweden won 3-0, Joachim Löw's side were sent home from Russian Federation earlier than expected.
"It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and that's why some of us cried".
'It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would.
Sweden coach Janne Andersson spoke of his huge pride after his side topped the group with second-half goals against Mexico from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal from Edson Alvarez to move into a last-16 meeting with Switzerland.
'We needed to throw things forward and it opened things up in defence'.
The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned following a video review.
Germany ended up last in a group it expected to win.
The 2006 winners, Italy, crashed out of the group stage in 2010, while that tournament's winners, Spain, did the same in 2014.
"We did not deserve to be winning the title once again", Loew said. For years to come, Kazan, a city on the Volga River in southwest Russian Federation, will be associated with miracles in South Korea, and with nightmares in Germany. "The disappointment is deep inside me".