Brazil vs Germany: Jesus hits the winner

28 March, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho scores Brazil's second goal from the penalty spot Source Reuters

Gabriel Jesus struck the victor as Brazil put memories of their 2014 World Cup mauling by Germany behind them with a 1-0 friendly win in Berlin on Tuesday.

Brazil travel to Berlin on Tuesday to take on Germany for the first time since that game, Joachim Low's men having gone on to beat Argentina in the World Cup final.

More worryingly for Germany head coach Joachim Loew ahead of their World Cup defence in Russian Federation, his captain Jerome Boateng twisted his right ankle and was forced off in the second half.

Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in Berlin to end the world champions' 22-game unbeaten run and restore some lost pride following the humiliating mismatch between the sides in their previous meeting, when Germany crushed the hosts 7-1 in that freakish semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

Thiago Silva, arguably Brazil's best defender over the past five years, was serving a yellow card suspension when Germany faced Brazil in 2014.

"This jersey deserves a little more respect".

"I think this is the ideal time to face them", Brazil centre back Miranda - a goal scorer last week against Russian Federation - told a press conference in Berlin.

"It wasn't our day". But we like the look of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus to be this evening's first goalscorer at 4/1 with Sun Bets.

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This Brazil, 3-0 winners over Russian Federation in Moscow last week, have very deliberately cultivated a balance to their play and to their dressing-room that ought to vaccinate them against the sort of brittle collapse they suffered in Belo Horizonte.

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. This is a different Brazil, a better-balanced outfit under impressive coach Tite.

Boateng, who was born in Berlin, will captain Germany in his home city if Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira fails to recover from a back problem.

However, the forward line is always where Brazil have been judged the most, and this week's friendly against Germany - the first time the two have come face-to-face since that night - will go some way to showing how far this side have come. The only issue will be the goalkeeping position but it is nothing that can't be dealt with.

Willian's initial goal-bound effort was blocked and fell invitingly at the feet of Paulinho, who unleashed a powerful drive that was turned behind by Trapp.

Philippe Coutinho fired over on 56 minutes as the Selecao kept the pressure on.

Jesus really should have netted a second after 67 minutes, failing to turn home a back-post header after Trapp abandoned his goal attempting to claim a corner.

Stars Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller have been released by Loew to rest while Ilkay Gundogan is expected to start in Germany's midfield.

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