Brazil hit back at Germany with friendly win

Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2018

Luis Felipe Scolari, the hero that had guided Brazil to glory in 2002, resigned one week later.

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

"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". "With Brazil, football is in the soul, something spiritual for them". The Copa America took place in consecutive years in 2015 and 2016 (the second being in celebration of the tournament's centenary), and yet Dunga's side performed well in neither.

Brazil maintained its momentum into the second half. "They have reinvented themselves in the past two or three years".

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. They serenely saw off a limited Russian side 3-0 in their most recent outing.

"They can't be underestimated, because they are clearly among the World Cup favorites".

While nobody in Brazil will have forgotten the humiliating thrashing their team endured the last time these sides met, they will not be contemplating anything like a repeat performance here. The style of play wasn't earth-shattering, it wasn't the free-flowing samba soccer that Brazil fans might have been yearning for - but it was successful.

I'll back Brazil Draw No Bet at [2.2].

That, essentially, is what Tite has brought to the role over the past 18 months or so. The problem for them is that Brazil have well and truly moved forward - on the pitch at least.

This Brazil have a new manager, Tite, who emerged from the South American qualifying for Russian Federation in charge of a team who lost just once in their 18 fixtures and looked down from a long distance on the rest in the 10-nation group. A back four with Dani Alves and Marcelo flanking Inter Milan's Miranda and PSG's Marquinhos seems the preferred choice while Roma goalkeeper Alisson tends to keep City's Ederson on the bench.

SO how do the two sides line up?

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.

Neymar will miss Tuesday's match through injury.

Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus bagged the only goal of the game in the 37th minute as the Samba Kings ended the global break with a big win to build up confidence ahead of the June showpiece tournament. "That gives them the capacity to always come back".