Now, Germany boss Low has admitted that Ozil was one of a handful of players who failed to deliver for the world champions at this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.
Players like Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Marco Reus, Mario Gomez, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and even misfiring Thomas Muller all face a fight to prove that this World Cup was a one-off aberration.
However, there have been times when the European champions have been a little stretched at the back at this World Cup.
With 16 teams remaining, the tournament now moves to an elimination bracket, pitting teams against one another in decisive matches - the dramatic draws of the group stage will now give way to exhilarating extra time and the overwhelming anxiety of penalty shootouts.
South Korea waited 16 years to get their World Cup revenge on Germany, and while Wednesday's astonishing 2-0 win over the defending champions came in the group stage rather than the semi-finals it tasted no less sweet.
Their defeat - courtesy of two stoppage time goals by the South Koreans - stunned the world as tear-filled German supporters were pictured in complete disarray as they watched their nation crash out of a tournament they had one only four years ago.
Whatever the reasons, the truth is that Germany never played as a team in Russian Federation and the loss to South Korea marked the end of a glorious era. It seems that the head coach Jorge Sampaoli does not handle the situation in the team at all, and, as they say, all decisions are really taken by Messi.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup has produced drama and chaos that's gripped us all so far. "We have to admit that we really disappointed at this tournament". They then scraped through ahead of Senegal on fair play points. In any case, with a new generation of talented players at his disposal, he has what he needs to start rebuilding.
Whereas, England will need to overcome Colombia, Switzerland and Croatia before Harry Kane gets the famous trophy in his hands.
Sane will be part of Germany's plans in the future, and there are more bright prospects in the building from the German squad that won the European U-21 championship a year ago. In German football, there is an apocalyptical mood right now'.