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International Friendly: Germany 0-1 Brazil

Brazil laid down a marker ahead of the World Cup as they ended defending champions Germany’s 22-game undefeated streak with a 1-0 friendly win at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

The game marked the first senior meeting between the heavyweights since a remarkable World Cup semi-final in 2014 when Germany thumped the stunned hosts Brazil 7-1 in Belo Horizonte.
While the result will not erase the humiliation of one of Brazilian football’s darkest nights, the nature of their performance suggests they are approaching their best as they look to land a sixth World Cup.
Brazil started the second half with a spring in their step and twice came close to doubling their advantage in the same passage of play in the 55th minute.

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.

His Barcelona team-mate Coutinho crashed a shot just over the crossbar as Tite’s men continued to take advantage of large pockets of space in the Germany backline.

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.

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.

The previously under-worked Allison tipped over Draxler’s fierce drive in stoppage time to ensure Brazil held on for a memorable win.


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