Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Brazil salvage pride with Germany win - Silva

Brazil salvage pride with Germany win - Silva

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: Alisson 6, Dani Alves 6, Thiago Silva 7, Miranda 6, Marcelo 7, Fernandinho 6, Casemiro 6, Paulinho 7, Willian 7, Gabriel Jesus 7, Philippe Coutinho 8.

"It was to be expected that Brazil, with their injured soul, played their best team and were highly motivated".

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 a sensational fashion in Madrid.

"It wasn't our day". They probably want to forget the game entirely, but we're asking you to recall their names - and the mighty Germans who doled out the thrashing.

"We had a few young players, who will learn from this, but in addition, the body language was not right from some players".

The Brazilian centre-back believes his side deserve more respect on the global stage as they are still a force to reckon with just like their last night's opponent.

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.

"We're very happy to beat the finalists from the last World Cup, a team with a fantastic history", Lopetegui said.

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. Subs: Lars Stindl (for Sane, 61) 6, Julian Brandt (for Goretzka, 61) 6, Sandro Wagner (for Gomez, 62) 6, Niklas Sule (for Boateng, 68) 6, Timo Werner (for Gundogan, 81) 6.

The Manchester City man struck from Willian's wicked cross on 37 minutes, as the world heavyweights went up against each other with under 11 weeks until the World Cup in Russian Federation.

He made amends in the next attack, however, heading towards goal from Willian's superb cross, with Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp failing to keep the ball out despite getting a firm touch.

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.

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