After losing their opening match in Group F to Mexico, Germany next face South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday, targeting a win as they seek to progress from a group in which all four teams could still qualify.
Despite storming to victory in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Germany fell at the first hurdle in Russian Federation, finishing behind South Korea, Mexico and Sweden to come last in their group.
It puts Germany level with Sweden on points and goal difference, and now they must at least match their rivals' result against Mexico to have a chance of making the knockout rounds.
South Korea's goalkeeper Cho Hyeon-woo made a fine one-handed save from Leon Goretzka's header and Timo Werner volleyed wide from near the penalty shot.
"We need to have a will to win this match and I have other players, like Sami Khedira, who have also shown a good reaction to not playing".
18 minute: Free-kick to South Korea after a high-boot challenge from Jonas Hector.
It should read #KORGER above in the tweet, but then who cares.!
Argentina, the losing finalists in 2014, were heading for a humiliating World Cup exit before Marcos Rojo scored a stunning victor on 86 minutes to send Nigeria home.
Sweden and Germany are both on the same number of points, with the same for and against and the same goals scored.
Goretza nearly put Germany in front two minutes after the restart but was thwarted by a superb stop from Jo Hyeon-Woo - and then news filtered through of Ludwig Augustinsson's opener for Sweden. The Korean defence clears the ball to safety.
4 minute: The Koreans are operating the ball really well in the midfield.
Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.
2006 winners Italy crashed out of the group stage in 2010, while that tournament's winners, Spain, did the same in 2014. They may also be without Sebastian Rudy after he picked up a suspected broken nose on Saturday and Mats Hummels may be a doubt after he continues to recover from a back problem.
To achieve the first two objectives, Low brought back Mesut Ozil in place of Julian Draxler.
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