Brazil restored pride by beating Germany

Jenna Warner
March 29, 2018

Defeat by Brazil in Tuesday's friendly global highlighted Germany's need for sharp improvement ahead of the World Cup in June and players would be wise not to believe the hype created around the world champions, midfielder Toni Kroos warned.

Thiago Silva insisted Brazil deserve more respect after their win over world champions Germany in Berlin. 'The team missed Neymar, but we are learning to play and be strong without him.

Spain underlined their status as chief contenders at this year's World Cup in Russian Federation as they extended their unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui to 18 matches in sensational fashion in Madrid.

"But that doesn't change anything for this World Cup, we will have to start with zero points (in the group stage)". They got some experience and will learn from this.

With Thomas Mueller and Mesut Ozil rested, Boateng and Toni Kroos were the only members of the Germany team which routed Brazil almost four years ago.

Germany striker Sandro Wagner reacts during the worldwide friendly football match against Brazil.

"We played a bit better in the second half in the first, but the negative side outweighs the rest", he said after the game.

With Brazil star Neymar still sidelined by a foot injury, Tite made just one change - Fernandinho for Douglas Costa - from the side which beat Russian Federation 3-0 in Moscow on Friday.

Tite's men avenged their humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Joachim Löw's men in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at home.

Boateng will have given Bayern Munich cause for concern ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Sevilla when he was replaced by Niklas Sule after appearing to injure his ankle.

Germany striker Mario Gomez failed to convert a string of half-chances which came his way before Brazil scored after sustained pressure.

Jesus, still just 20, forced Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to push the ball over the bar just before the winning goal came on 38 minutes.

The Manchester City forward met Willian's cross, and Trapp could only parry his header which looped over the line.

Ten minutes into the second half, Willian saw his shot blocked by Antonio Rudiger, but the rebound fell to Paulinho whose effort was then parried away by Trapp.

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