"Then they had to hang on in the end".
Although Low admitted that his side need to improve, he also insisted that his tactics will remain the same for Germany's remaining matches.
"I'm pretty sure that the [Brazil] manager told [the players], "look what happened to Germany, look what happened to Argentina"... the players are telling each other, 'make sure that doesn't happen to us, '" Mourinho said. In the first half of the match we were the superior team. "We did our best today, and we have to continue on the same path". "But Germany had no plan B, no clear chances and no defensive intelligence". In an end-to-end game, the Mexicans showed nerves of steel, passing from the back even when under pressure and asking Germany all sorts of questions.
"I remember on the bus from the hotel to play Chile, after losing our first game in 2010, the silence was scary", said Spain worldwide Cesc Fabregas on BBC One. In the second we knew well that Germany have an outstanding team.
It was soon evident the first half was following a certain pattern: Germany attacking, Mexico hitting their opponents on the counter-attack.
"We always aim to pass the group stage; that's our first goal for this World Cup".
Elated fans waved Mexican flags and donned traditional "sombrero" hats at the iconic Angel of Independence monument in downtown Mexico City as they sang the country's unofficial soccer anthem, "Cielito Lindo", or "Pretty Little Sky", a popular folksong.
Juan Carlos Osorio's men have played some brilliant football against lesser opposition but crumbled in the face of more quality ones.
"In all due respect, in the first half we were the better team".
Germany launched a siege at Mexico's goal for majority of the second half but failed to come up with an equalizer, with either Ochoa standing in the way, or Mexico being able to put bodies behind the line of the ball to block the long-range efforts. We had practised defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that is nearly how we got the second goal. "We played with bravery when it was needed and we defended with all our hearts".
Meanwhile, Rafael Marquez entered the match late for Mexico, making him the third player in World Cup history to appear in five tournaments.
The four-time winners have reached at least the semi-finals at every World Cup since 2002.