And victory over South Korea would have been enough to progress after Sweden clinched a 3-0 victory against Mexico in Nizhny Novgorod.
South Korea avoided dishonorable records in their football history with their historic win over Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday.
Germany's last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden in its previous match was understandably considered by many to be the type of result that would get them going after a 1-0 loss to Mexico but it ended up meaning little.
In Russia, Germany were nowhere near the compact unit which conceded just four goals in seven games at the 2014 World Cup.
In fact, only Brazil of the past five winners have managed to extend their defence of the title past the group stage with 1998 winners France falling at the first hurdle in 2002. We are sorry for not playing like world champions, and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out.
"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly". It was a stunning result, both for the team that had come to Russian Federation as the world's No. 1 and for South Korea, which wasn't listed in the top 50 when this tournament began. The official had to check with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) before confirming the goal, but it was good.
Low has often had to contend with critics claiming his success only came about after he took the reins at the start of a golden era, with some suggesting the country's World Cup triumph of four years ago owed more to the strengths of the players than his coaching.
"I thought we could use that as a reverse strategy and that has really hit the nail on the head". Germany now needs to beat South Korea by at least two goals to be guaranteed a spot in the last 16.
After failing to find a way past superb Korea 'keeper Jo Hyeonwoo in the second half, Germany could only look on in shock as United States referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim Younggwon had bundled his shot past Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time. "We lost but we're in the next round", Alcocer said, "So, we're very happy".
"There is 1 percent chance, there is still hope", South Korea forward Son Heung-min said on the eve of the Group F game at Kazan Arena.
Germany: Neuer Kimmich, Hummels, Sula, Hector (Brandt, 78) - Khedira (Gomez 59), Schweinsteiger - Reus, Ozil, Goretzka (Muller, 62) - Werner.
Loew, who recently signed a contract extension, said he would take time to consider his future.