Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Brazil Beat Germany in 2018 Friendly; Gabriel Jesus Scores Match's Lone Goal

Brazil Beat Germany in 2018 Friendly; Gabriel Jesus Scores Match's Lone Goal

There was plenty of action during Tuesday's round of FIFA internationals, with Germany and Spain claiming wins, while England conceded for the first time since September.

Germany boss Joachim Loew says Friday's entertaining 1-1 draw with Spain in Dusseldorf taught him a lot about how his team must improve ahead of their World Cup defence in Russian Federation.

In stark contrast to the 2014 World Cup semi-final, when Germany ripped through Brazil's defence nearly at will, Die Mannschaft could find no route through to goal.

"For us that match does not play as big a role as it does in Brazil", he said.

"Now Brazil may have some thoughts of revenge but you can not really do that because you can not bring that semi-final back".

Neymar was part of the Brazil squad for World Cup 2014, missing the Germany game through injury.

Neymarless, as on the night of July 8 2014, Tite's Brazil are also much altered in defence, where the pair of central defenders who endured such a sustained nightmare against a Germany who went 5-0 up within the opening half hour were Chelsea's David Luiz and Nice's Dante. Julian Draxler completed a well-timed run in behind and hit a cut-back pass for the Man City midfielder just inside the Brazil box, but his first-time effort was completely mishit, looping out of play despite him having a clear shooting lane from 18 yards.

"I didn't think every day I'm world champion, I'm world champion, not at all". Miranda, Coutinho, and Paulinho all found the net as Seleção made light work of the 2018 World Cup hosts.

Germany almost stole a draw in the 92nd minute when Toni Kroos found space to shoot, but goalkeeper Alisson did well to save. This time the world's most expensive player is recovering from foot surgery.

"When I look at the current team in comparison to 2014, they are two grades better".

The Germany we see in pre-tournament friendlies is not the Germany we will see when the World Cup kicks off. Loew likes to tinker and try things, sometimes at the cost of overall performance. The World Cup was still two years out, and they surely realised that they had the chance to build a team that could be a force in Russian Federation provided they took a risk and appointed a manager with the vision to pull it off.

The two teams could potentially face each other as early as the Round of 16, depending on results.

But Germany will confidently argue they have progressed, too, since they lifted the World Cup and thrashed the favourites to reach the final.

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