Gabriel Jesus goal gives Brazil revenge win to end Germany's unbeaten run

Posted March 28, 2018

It was a deflating performance that left 2018 World Cup hosts Russian Federation with just one win against South Korea in October in their last five warm up friendlies.

Brazil edged past world champions Germany 1-0 in their worldwide friendly on Tuesday to snap their opponents' 22-match unbeaten run and exact some measure of revenge for their 2014 World Cup semi-final humiliation.

Tite added the friendly game was part of his side's healing process. It's a step that's passed.

Brazil's win over Germany on Tuesday won't erase the memory of the 2014 World Cup semifinals, but it should give the South American giant a momentum boost as it heads to the World Cup. As it turned out, they reached the semi-finals, only to lose to the hosts France. Senior men - like Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslave Klose - have retired, but the strength in depth shown off at last summer's Confederations Cup, when a "weakened" Germany won the gold medal, is genuine.

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Tite has been in charge of Brazil since 2016, but Felipe Scolari was head coach for the mauling by Germany at the last World Cup.

Toni Kroos and Andre Schuerrle both scored twice over the 90 minutes as Germany's attack ran riot en route to winning the World Cup title.

Tite naturally wants Neymar to be fit again for Russian Federation but at least the team is prepared if the Paris Saint-Germain forward doesn't regain his fitness in time.

Tite explained in depth why he sees Germany as one of the favourites to defend their World Cup title this June in Russian Federation.

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Brazil, Germany know, are shaping up as a key rival in that quest.

Tite also named his starting XI for the opening World Cup game back in February, with Marcelo the only survivor from the 11 that lined up from the start against Germany.

They will be without Neymar, just as they were in 2014, but this time it feels like they are better equipped to function without their star forward. He will have little time to prepare for Russian Federation because of another injury setback, but there's no doubt he has mirrored Brazil's progression in terms of development. In truth, little is expected of Stanislav Cherchesov's Russian Federation team, particularly in the light of a crippling injury list that has forced him to field an unfamiliar back line, but if they can not pull off some sort of statement result before this summer then the mood will be among the most negative to have ever engulfed a host team.

"He is finalising his World Cup squad, this is only his fifth game in Europe, only the fourth against a European team, and I think they must be very turbulent times emotionally for any professional". The likes of Chelsea's Willian and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino have been in stunning form for their clubs and will be ready to snap up any chance they're presented with. Others such as Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred, Manchester City's Ederson and Real Sociedad's Willian Jose will hope for their chance to shine, but there's no doubt Brazil will be taking this friendly seriously.

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On Tuesday night, there will be some similarities.