The respect Joachim Low and his players showed Northern Ireland fans at Euro 2016 was evident and reciprocated by the Green and White Army at the National Stadium last night.
Fans heeded advice to arrive early and it helped to create a pre-match buzz, even greater than usual, as the World Cup winners rolled into town.
There was just one minute and 21 seconds on the clock when Sebastian Rudy arrowed his volley into the top corner, but it didn't puncture the early atmosphere.
Just over 18,000 packed into Windsor, with tickets like gold dust in the days leading up to the game.
The vast majority of the crowd, however, realised they were witnessing one of the world's greatest sides at work, even if the Germans were missing a handful of stars.
"The goals in the first 20 minutes killed it really, but I didn't think we got close enough to them at that stage either," Lee Thompson said.
"It looked like we paid them too much respect early on - too many passes went backwards and sidewards.
"Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up though, when a team is much better.
"We can't always produce miracle results. We lost the game but I don't think anyone will be too downbeat."
Brian Leitch believes Michael O'Neill's tactical switch helped to make it more of a contest.
"We looked pretty ropey with three at the back, but fair play to Michael, he spotted it and changed it," he added.
"In the second half it was much more of a contest and Conor Washington gave us a lot of energy.
"We found a way to get about them and worked our socks off.
"Hopefully we have enough left in the tank for Norway," he said.
Germany remain the only side to have scored past Michael McGovern in Group C, which highlights the strength the World Champions possess, according to Gary Crawford.
"To be fair, Germany are the best team in the world and we far from disgraced ourselves against them," he said.
"The first two goals they scored showed what sort of class they have.
"It also looks like they're going to finish with 10 wins out of 10 which says a lot too," he added.
"We gave a good account of ourselves - if we had kept it scoreless until the break then you never know.
"The scoreline would have been a bit harsh on us if it had finished 3-0, but big Josh deserved his goal."