Germany have failed to qualify from the group stages at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1938.
Both were dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden after woeful performances in the opening shock defeat to Mexico, yet neither made an impact when recalled for yesterday's 2-0 defeat to South Korea.
The four-time winners had never finished outside of the top seven since their last first-round exit back in 1938, but they have fallen in Group F to break 80 years of nearly constant success.
Leaving aside Uruguay - who won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for the 1934 edition - it is the sixth time in the history of the competition that the reigning champions have failed to make it past the first hurdle. "Even when it was 0-1, I think we kept trying to turn it all around".
Mexican fans in Russian Federation for the World Cup also expressed their gratitude to one South Korean they found outside the stadium in Ekaterinburg following the defeat to Sweden.
A 0-0 draw would have brought enough joy but with Germany pressing for the goal that would have seen them go through with Sweden, plenty of space was left on the counter attack.
The loss against the world's No. 1 team would have forced South Korea to return home with three straight losses. The official had to check with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) before confirming the goal, but it was good.
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A long punt upfield saw Tottenham forward Son Heung-min chase a clearance to fire into an empty net and Korea hung on for a famous win that will be a consolation for their own elimination.
"Since 2006 we've been among the last four or in the final".
"We were playing for the Korean people", said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.
South Korean fans celebrated wildly, as did those of Mexico and Sweden as they advanced into the last 16, and South Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong will now be looking ahead to the 2019 Asian Cup.
The Asians, however, were also unsafe on the counter-attack and a couple of times carved opportunities to keep Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on his toes.
Low again shuffled his pack in Kazan, making five alterations to the team which just about scraped past Sweden, welcoming Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka into the starting XI.
Loew, who recently signed a contract extension, said he would take time to consider his future.