Jesus victor lifts Brazil past old adversaries Germany

Lawrence Cooper
March 28, 2018

Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the game to hand Brazil a 1-0 win over world champions Germany in an global friendly on Tuesday evening.

While Dunga was floundering with the national side, Tite was winning the Brazilian manager of the year award in 2015, winning the league title for the second time with Corinthians in the process.

Just like that fateful night at the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, there'll be no Neymar here either to form part of a Brazil side that Toni Kroos, responsible for two of the seven goals Germany managed to put past in their semi-final meeting in 2014, has branded "two classes better" than the one so easily dismantled in front of shell-shocked home support.

"They are a great team with a good mix of old and young players, they are technically strong, but they also have tough players in defence."They can´t be underestimated, because they are clearly among the World Cup favorites". Outside of Neymar, this team looks very strong as they have quality players in every position.

This fixture has significance and the Brazilians would love to lay a glove on the Germans and end a 22-match unbeaten run that Low's side have maintained since Euro 2016.

Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup, but injury to superstar Neymar still weakens the ´Selecao´, Germany winger Leroy Sane said Sunday.

Just as back then, Brazil forward Neymar is sidelined by injury.

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I think that Brazil will win this game.

In contrast to the Brazilians, the Germans see the friendly as just another chance to fine-tune before the 2018 World Cup starts in Russian Federation later this year.

Having conceded only five goals in 18 fixtures since Tite took over in June 2016, the South Americans will prove a far more hard nut to crack for a home team that has scored just three times in their previous three.

In his pre-match press conference, Low spoke about how Brazil and Germany have both evolved over the years, with the Selecao becoming more of a cohesive team instead of relying on individual brilliance.

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 Germans tried to get an equaliser before the break with Mario Gomez, vying for a spot in the World Cup squad, coming close twice.

Brazil will face Switzerland in their first World Cup game on June 17, while Germany will face Mexico on the same day.

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