The Germans were caught napping in the first half at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium and went behind in the 35th minute as Mexico found acres of space to counter attack through the midfield. Their preparations were also overshadowed by the outrage in Germany caused by photos of midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
And yet, the tactical setup against Mexico would have suggested otherwise.
Low reckons that Germany will recover in time after shock loss to the 15th-ranked team. Mexico were aggressive off the ball, pressing and hounding the Germans, who were often ponderous in possession.
"In tournaments, losing a match can happen and you have to accept it".
Their opponents didn't have to defend out of their skins to strangulate Germany, as the holders passed it around in the final third quite a bit without managing to play the killer pass even once.
The most startling aspect of Germany's play here was their lack of discipline at the back. "Sometimes they were a bit too quick in shooting, did not take their time, did not keep their cool".
Khedira, the man whose job it was to protect that defence, was nowhere to be seen at times as Mexico's attacks threatened to overrun the champions at will.
Brazil might feel themselves unlucky to have joined the roster of favourites who have failed to win their opening game, which now includes Germany, Argentina, Spain and Portugal.
The Germans now face Sweden and South Korea and should still qualify from Group F. But their reputation is not what it was. Their aggression and directness posed Germany endless problems and if other sides are as courageous, they could likewise. Juan Carlos Osorio's side were confident, brave, and were full value for their result.
The world champions play Sweden on Saturday, and it's a must-win game.
Following Hirving Lozano'sgoal in the 35th minute, The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations said highly sensitive natural disaster sensors registered tremors at two sites in the Mexican capital. Mexico pressed and harried Low's side up and down the pitch, were significantly sharper in attack and were unfortunate not to score before they eventually did.
The 1st match of the group between Germany and Mexico will be quite an interesting game to watch.
"They beat us because we made two or three mistakes more than in other past matches".