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Live Commentary: Germany 0-1 Brazil - as it happened

Relive Sports Mole's coverage as Germany lose 1-0 at home to fellow 2018 World Cup favourites Brazil in a friendly at the Olympiastadion Berlin.
Live Commentary: Germany 0-1 Brazil - as it happened
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Germany took on Brazil at the Olympiastadion Berlin as the sides met for the first time since Die Mannschaft beat the 2014 World Cup hosts 7-1 in Belo Horizonte almost four years ago.

Both countries fielded strong sides as they sought to prepare for this summer's competition in Russia, as Gabriel Jesus headed Brazil ahead just before the break.

Julian Draxler might have earned Germany a draw late on but for a smart stop from Alisson, whose save saw Germany surrender an unbeaten run of 22 games on the international stage.

Relive all of the action with our minute-by-minute updates below.

6.45pmGood evening everyone and thank you for joining us as we bring you live coverage as Germany take on Brazil at the Olympiastadion Berlin. Tonight's friendly represents the first time that the two nations have met since Die Mannschaft humiliated Brazil on home soil by knocking out the Selecao with a 7-1 win at the 2014 World Cup!

6.46pmTeam news can come in dribs and drabs on occasion during friendlies, but we do already have Germany's starting XI for this evening...

6.47pmGERMANY STARTING XI: Trapp; Plattenhardt, Kimmich, Boateng, Rudiger; Kroos, Goretzka; Gundogan, Sane, Draxler; Gomez

6.48pmAs expected Kevin Trapp starts in goal and it is expected that he will be swapped with Bernd Leno at the interval. It appears as though Joachim Low will opt for a 4-2-3-1 system again that sees Mario Gomez leading the line up top, with a creative three of Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler and Ilkay Gundogan sitting just behind the frontman.

6.48pmBoth Toni Kroos and Leon Goretzka look likely to sit deeper in a holding two, although given the interchangeable nature of this starting XI, Gundogan and Goretzka might just swap once we're underway. At the back, World Cup hopeful Marvin Plattenhardt gets the nod at left-back, while Joshua Kimmich features over on the right. Jerome Boateng and Antonio Rudiger are the starting centre-backs.

6.50pmBRAZIL STARTING XI: Alisson; Alves, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Fernandinho; Willian, Coutinho, Jesus

6.52pmFor Brazil, Tite has held back against making wholesale changes and he has opted for a strong Brazilian side in Berlin. Gabriel Jesus is a part of an attacking frontline that also sees Willian and Philippe Coutinho start.

6.54pmA little deeper in midfield, Fernandinho comes into the fray and he will sit alongside two La Liga stars in the shape of Casemiro and Paulinho. In defence, Tite has Dani Alves and Marcelo in the full-back positions, while Thiago Silva and Miranda continue in the heart of defence.

6.56pmThankfully Low hasn't opted for too many of his side's apparently 'weaker' options and these two sides should produce a more-than-competitive contest tonight as they both aim to tinker ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer. In fact, there is a little more to this game than it simply being just another friendly...

6.58pmGermany are now on a 22-game unbeaten run after Friday's 1-1 draw with Spain, but that record will come under intense scrutiny when two of the favourites for this summer's tournament go toe-to-toe.

7.00pmWe've been treated to a glut of fantastic friendlies of late and Germany did not disappoint when they met Spain on Friday. The two countries put on a supreme show for the best part of 60 minutes until both coaches made a number of substitutes. Valencia's Rodrigo opened the scoring for Spain, although Thomas Muller beat David De Gea from distance to earn his country a draw.

7.02pmGermany showed promising signs for the World Cup during that 1-1 draw, as Low showcased his side's ability to sit back and entertain a flourishing Spanish side, while also showing enough guile to go forward at the right times. The game was effectively killed by the number of changes, but Germany looked in good shape.

7.04pmWith preparations going to plan ahead of Russia, Germany are now just one match away from equalling their record run of 23 games unbeaten at international level.

7.06pmLooking at this contest, this is the first time that these two sides have met since Germany humbled the host nation 7-1 at the World Cup in 2014, as Die Mannschaft went on to be crowned champions with a extra-time win over Argentina in the final at the Maracana.

7.08pmThat game will likely go down as one of the greatest in the history of the World Cup. Germany found themselves 5-0 up within 29 minutes, thanks to a Toni Kroos brace while Miroslav Klose also broke a World Cup record with his 16th goal at a finals of the competition.

7.10pmShould Low's charges win out again in Russia, Die Mannschaft will become the first side to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil in 1962.

7.12pmHere's a quick glimpse of a few influential faces ahead of kickoff at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. We should be in for a fantastic game on German soil:

7.14pmHistorically we are looking at two of the greatest nations in the history of the World Cup. The two teams hold a total of nine titles between them. Brazil have won the World Cup five times compared to Germany's four. Only Italy find themselves on equal footing with Germany, having also collected four titles in the showpiece tournament.

7.16pmBrazil boss Tite has already admitted that his side is still scarred from what happened against Germany during the World Cup a few years back, and he has not backed away from the idea that tonight's friendly holds extra relevance for some of his playing staff.

7.18pmThat horrific fixture in Belo Horizonte will likely go down as one of the World Cup's most embarrassing moments for Brazil, as the Selecao were beaten competitively for the first time on home soil in 39 years.

7.20pmThe coach recently told Kicker: "This has a huge psychological meaning - no-one needs to fool themselves about that. The 7-1 is like a ghost, people still talk about it. The more you talk about it, the less this ghost disappears."

7.22pmThe rebuilding process since the days of Luiz Felipe Scolari have been promising, though, leaving Brazil as one of the favourites to take the crown off Germany during the summer.

7.24pmTite's charges come into this contest having beaten World Cup hosts Russia 3-0 on Friday in a game that saw the Selecao rarely move out of second gear. Brazil benefited from three goals in the space of 13 minutes and are now unbeaten in eight matches.

7.26pmIn fact, Brazil have lost just one game under Tite. The country's record in 17 games under the coach has seen the Selecao win 13, draw three and lose one. That single loss came in a friendly against Argentina last year.

7.28pmRegardless of Germany's win in 2014, the country does not have the best of records against Brazil. Germany have won five, drawn five and lost 12 against the Canarinho.

7.30pmPrior to that mauling in Belo Horizonte, Germany were carrying the scars of a 2-0 defeat against the Brazilians in the final of the 2002 World Cup at the International Stadium Yokohama, with Ronaldo bagging a famous brace to see Brazil to their fifth crown that year.

7.32pmHere's a quick update of the starting XIs, along with the substitutes available now too:

GERMANY STARTING XI: Trapp; Boateng, Kimmich, Rudiger, Plattenhardt; Kroos, Gundogan; Goretzka, Sane, Draxler; Gomez

GERMANY SUBSTITUTES: Hector, Ginter, Hummels, Khedira, Wagner, Werner, Leno, Rudy, Brandt, ter Stegen, Stindl, Sule

7.34pmBRAZIL STARTING XI: Alisson; Alves, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Fernandinho; Willian, Coutinho, Jesus

BRAZIL SUBSTITUTES: Coquette Russo, Ismaily, Douglas Costa, de Oliveira Augusto, Fred, Marquinhos, Murara Neto, Firmino, Conserva Lemos, Ederson, Taison, Da Silva

7.36pmComing into the game, Tite has suggested that he sees this fixture as part of Brazil's journey in overcoming what happened in 2014:

"I was watching the game at home in Sao Paulo with my wife and after the third goal went in, she started to cry. That started me off. It was a moment of great inspiration for Germany, every shot was a goal - stuff like that doesn't even happen in video games. The wound is still open and the match in Berlin is a part of the process of closing it."

7.38pmLow seems to have taken a more clinical approach during his pre-match presser, though, stating that he expects Brazil to have moved on effectively from the defeat ahead of this game: "There might be three or four players in the starting line-ups from 2014. Of course, the Brazilians probably have a bit of desire for revenge, but you can't turn the clock back. The 7-1 is the past."

7.40pmThe stadium is now starting to fill up nicely ahead of kickoff. This game is a real tough one to call. Both sides have excellent quality on show too despite the absence of a few key names, including Neymar and Thomas Muller. Still, I'm backing a closely-fought 2-2 draw.

7.42pmBoateng and Alves are the respective captains here tonight. It's about five degrees-Celsius in Berlin, but it does look like we will be spared any rain. The players are in the tunnel and will be out shortly.

7.44pmWhat an atmosphere inside this stadium, it's a full house at the Olympiastadion as the players enter out onto the pitch. It's time for the national anthems and then we'll be underway.

1 minKICKOFF! We are underway and moving in Berlin. Germany feature in green and white, while Brazil are in classic yellow and blue...

2 minIt's a measured start from the Germans who move the ball carefully around at the back. Brazil show good intensity with their pressing and are able to contain the hosts within their own half.

4 minThe home side look to make inroads with Sane down the left channel, but he is ushered out of play by Alves. Both sides are just easing themselves into proceedings at the moment.

5 minFirst signs of life from Germany as Kroos turns into space in the middle and threads Sane down the left wing. The Manchester City youngster gets his head up to cross, but cannot beat Silva who makes an easy header as the first man.

7 minPlattenhardt gets the chance to cross early from deep as Gomez looks to break beyond the last man. The striker's run is perfect, but the full-back puts far too much on the ball and it is gathered in the air calmly by Alisson.

8 minGreat work from Willian, who is initially dispossessed when Germany counter... The winger is able to race back and challenge Sane on the edge of the area, just as the winger sought to take on a back-pedalling Silva.

9 minCLOSE! Kroos turns in a smart delivery from the right from a free kick and it looks as though it falls kindly for an unmarked Gomez. Thankfully for Brazil, the linesman has his flag raised for offside against the German striker.

11 minCHANCE! Coutinho is given a free pass when he picks up possession on the edge of the Germany box, and the Barcelona man shows incredible skill to beat two men on the byline. He aims to cut a simple pass back for two Brazil shirts, but passes straight into the welcoming path of Rudiger.

13 minBrazil are growing positively into the contest now as they start to circulate the ball with intent. Coutinho winds up from the edge of the area, but his curling effort crashes into Kimmich before it can test Trapp.

15 minGermany look a lot sharper than they did early on against Spain. The home side are nipping into tackles and are trying to break up any Brazilian moves at the earliest moment.

17 minThe visitors are starting to assume the dominant role in possession, but Germany's backline is well-organised. The home side rob possession and break down the left through Draxler, only for Gundogan to sky his effort over the bar after arriving late in the box.

18 minThe left channel is proving profitable for Germany, this time as Plattenhardt gallops into space and thumps a low delivery into the middle, leaving Silva to turn the ball away for a corner.

20 minGermany work the ball smartly on the edge of the box, where Draxler turns a clever ball in behind for Gomez, who finds himself offside. It's poor movement from the frontman really, he did not need to go so early.

22 minThis isn't a high-octane affair to be brutally honest, but both sides are just offering glimmers of quality now. Kimmich charges down the right and draws a strong defensive header from Silva to deny Gomez at the front post.

24 minSloppy from Germany in the middle and Coutinho steals in to win the ball. The playmaker charges down the left to beat a defender and lay off possession for Jesus. The City striker cannot return the favour, though, as his attempted through-ball runs cleanly for Trapp to gather inside the box.

26 minFirst signs of fire here as Draxler is brought to the deck, while Willian then goes in to clatter Kroos. Nothing too sinister, but the visitors are certainly up for this.

28 minSome slight confusion at the back as a long ball is pumped into the Brazilian box. Silva then gets clattered by Alisson who comes off his line to punch clear. The centre-back did not get the memo.

29 minPromising signs on the right for the Germans. Goretzka finds space on the right and he crosses cleverly towards the near post, where Gomez is denied by some last-ditch defending from Silva, who gets across his man before the striker can pounce.

30 minCLOSE! A simple ball is shunted forward and Miranda misses it, allowing Gomez to break clean through on goal for Germany. Again, though, the linesman has his flag raised for offside. Brazil's blushes spared...

32 minGermany have responded to that strong Brazilian spell with a positive share of the ball in the last few minutes. No real clear-cut chances to mention, however, as both sides search for some quality in the final third.

34 minSane looks to bring a moment of magic to the game as he races towards goal, causing both Silva and Miranda to back-track on their heels. The defensive pairing watch the ball, though, before pouncing to dispossess the winger on the edge of the area.

36 minMISS! Jesus races through to meet a through-ball off Willian. The striker turns well to evade two retreating defenders and all he has to do is apply the finish. Somehow he manages to blaze over Trapp's goal. Replays suggest that's offside too.


37 minBrazil have the lead and it comes courtesy of some rather slack Germany defending. Willian is given all the time in the world to turn a cross into the middle, where Jesus meets the ball with his head. The finish is initially parried by Trapp, but he cannot prevent the ball from dropping back into the net as he falls to the deck. It would have been a wonderful reaction stop, he did well to get to the initial save really. You do have to question the lack of German pressure on the ball, though.

39 minThis game needed a touch of quality and Willian certainly brought it with his cross into the box. Jesus definitely made amends for his miss moments before too. What do Germany have in the tank now?

41 minThe hosts respond with a dominant period of possession inside the Brazil half, although the eventual cross into the box is headed clear by Miranda, who has looked solid alongside Silva this evening.

43 minThe likes of Khedira and company are out warming up down the touchline. Germany will likely make changes at the break.


8.36pmThe referee calls time on an intriguing opening gambit in Berlin, where Brazil hold a slender 1-0 lead thanks to a diving header from Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilians have just about edged it, although both sides have fought with energy in a busy first 45 minutes.

8.37pmTite will be pleased with his side's industry and the quality they have show at that one crucial moment. Both managers, however, have not seen too much quality in the final third. Goretzka and Plattenhardt have been busy for the Germans and were the standout performers for the hosts during that half.

8.48pmExpect a number of changes during the second half as both coaches seek to tinker with their plans for the World Cup.

8.50pmThe players are now making their way back out onto the pitch. We'll inform you of any changes where possible.

46 minSECOND HALF! We are back moving again in Germany. Brazil kick off the second half.

47 minA bright start from Brazil who press high up and win a cheap free kick. The ball into the middle is dealt with coolly by Plattenhardt, who chests the cross back into the arms of Trapp.

49 minPlattenhardt has been a positive performer here and again he does well down the left channel. It's a deep, curling cross towards the front post, which requires Alves to be on his toes to clear before the ball can reach Gomez.

50 minOUCH! Willian moves a delightful ball through for the run of Jesus, who clatters into Boateng and leaves the Germany defender in pain on the deck. This doesn't look good for the full-back. Jesus has run his studs right down the back of Boateng's leg after missing out on the ball.

52 minCasemiro breaks up play perfectly and he feeds the ball into the path of Coutinho. The playmaker goes for glory from the edge of the area, but his shot is always rising and flies over the bar without troubling Trapp.

54 minAlves makes progress down the right and he is stopped in his tracks by Rudiger, who looks to have made a great interception. The referee thinks otherwise, though, as he hands the free kick to Brazil.

56 minBrazil apply some intense pressure in the box, as an initial shot from Alves is blocked on its way to goal. The rebound falls to Paulinho, who then sees his shot stopped by a brilliant diving save from Trapp at his near post.

58 minBrazil are turning the screw now as a swift move develops down the left flank. The ball is cut into Coutinho, who again finds himself in a smart pocket of space on the edge of the area. He again goes for goal, but his shot flies over the bar.

60 minSUBSTITUTIONS: Germany make two changes now as Julian Brandt and Lars Stindl come into the fray at the expense of Goretzka and Sane.

62 minSUBSTITUTION: Another quick change for the Germans, who take off Gomez and bring on Sandro Wagner up top.

63 minCLOSE! Gundogan leads away an impressive counter at pace and he slips in Draxler on the overlap down the left. The winger cuts inside, but sees his shot blocked before it bounces up favourable for Alisson to gather.

65 minSilva has been a machine this evening! Kimmich delivers deep from the right and Wagner looks set to pounce, but once again Silva shuffles across and climbs highest to head clear just as the danger was mounting.

67 minWonderful defensive work down at the other end now from Kimmich. Alves dinks a delightful cross towards the back post, leaving almost everybody to get caught underneath it. Coutinho is waiting to pounce, but Kimmich somehow recovers to head away.

68 minSUBSTITUTION: Another one for the hosts, this time at the back. Boateng comes off in place of Bayern Munich youngster Niklas Sule.

70 minTite will be delighted with his defence here despite this being a friendly. All four of his back-line have appeared solid under pressure and have arguably made Germany's creative men look slightly inept.

72 minTrapp has been left on for longer than expected and it looks like he might just get the full 90 minutes here. The keeper shows good command of his area on this occasion as he comes off his line to take control of Willian's corner.

75 minSule gets down the right flank and he picks out an almost-perfect cross for Wagner, who once again fails under pressure from Miranda with the goal gaping in front of him. He should have done better, but it is again an example of smart defending from the Brazilians.

77 minKroos has the chance to deliver from a free kick on the left. A clever kick is curled into the box, but Wagner is offside despite what looks like some promising movement off the last man from the substitute.

79 minHe can tackle too! Douglas Costa comes tearing down the left and into the box at outlandish pace, but Sule is having none of it and comes across with a wonderful sliding tackle to concede the corner. Challenges like that make you appreciate the art of defending.

81 minWill Low be slightly disappointed with this? Or will defeat inspire his charges to focus fully on the task ahead in Russia? This has been fantastic preparation for the Germans, who look likely to surrender this 22-game unbeaten run.

83 minPaulinho senses doubling the away side's advantage as he winds up from distance, although Trapp does well to get down low and make a decent save in the centre of goal.

85 minCosta has impressed since his introduction and he almost beats Brandt, but the Germany defender recovers well to earn himself a free kick.

87 minGermany are still seeking to stop this unbeaten run from coming to an end. A long ball is lofted into the middle towards Wagner, but Silva is there as always to climb highest and head clear.

89 minPlattenhardt has excelled at left-back. Another teasing cross towards the front post is dealt with by Silva.

90+1 minCLOSE! The ball falls kindly to Draxler at the back post and he volleys first time, only to see Alisson make a good stop to prevent the equaliser.


9.47pmAlmost a saving goal from Draxler at the end, but Alisson was there to the rescue for Brazil, who will be mighty pleased with this result. Tite will be delighted with his side's organisation and work rate too. Low will be aggravated after giving up a promising unbeaten run, but this workout was certainly beneficial for the German coach. That's going to be all from me tonight, thanks for joining us!

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