"We had it in our own hands, but we did not make it", Neuer, who confirmed his intention to remain available for worldwide selection, said. I'm still angry and disappointed and at the same time I feel sorry for all our fans who supported us in the stadium or at home in front of the tv or at public viewings.
All four teams in the group had a chance to advance in games that were being played simultaneously, but Sweden's 3-0 lead over Mexico put Germany in prime position to move on as well - if the Germans could score against the South Koreans. (Victorious Sweden also advanced.) Mexican fans were deliriously thankful to South Korea, sharing photos of celebrations from around the world.
After the goal, Germany had to commit practically everything for the equalizer but at the cost of leaving no one behind-including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Sweden's three-goal success has seen them win the group, while Mexico have gone through in second due to Germany's 2-0 defeat to South Korea. 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.
Jung Woo-Young's free kick seemed harmless enough but Neuer inexplicably fumbled it, and only a quick reaction from the Germany No.1 thwarted Son Heung-Min from tucking home the rebound. Suele made his first World Cup appearance as a replacement for Jerome Boateng.
It means Germany's hopes of becoming the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil's victories in 1958 and 1962 ended in embarrassing fashion.
"We deserved to be eliminated", Germany coach Joachim Loew said.
The two goals scored by Germany are now the fewest they have scored in a single World Cup campaign. Quite incredibly, Germany, who went into the tournament as one of the favorites, finished in last place in Group F.
The Arsenal playmaker was employed in a relatively deep role and he simply wasn't able to cut through South Korea's resolute defence.
South Korea will be one of the favourites to win the tournament, which begins in early January and runs until early February - which is a blow for Tottenham Hotspur.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon joined them, tweeting on Thursday: "Reality beat our imagination today" and praising the South Korean footballers.