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  • August 10, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
  • Referee: V. Kassai
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Germany 3-2 Brazil: Mario Gotze shines as hosts take the spoils

Germany 3-2 Brazil: Mario Gotze shines as hosts take the spoils

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Dortmund playmaker deputized superbly for Mesut Ozil in friendly win. Neymar scored a late goal for the visitors, but his strike was not enough to spare the visitors a defeat.

Germany ended an 18-year winless streak against Brazil as it earned a 3-2 victory over the South American giants in Stuttgart.

The hosts controlled the majority of possession over the course of the match, but it took an hour for them to open the scoring. Toni Kroos won a penalty from Lucio, and Bastian Schweinsteiger made no mistake as he converted from the spot. Mario Gotze, who made his first start for country, added a second on 67 minutes as he latched onto Kroos' through ball before rounding Julio Cesar and slotting home.

Despite their disadvantage, the South Americans would not go down without a fight. Just four minutes after the second goal, Philipp Lahm conceded a penalty to Dani Alves, and Robinho tucked his spot kick inside the left post.

The hosts would not be denied their win, however, and restored their lead in the 80th minute through Andre Schurrle. Bastian Schweinsteiger muscled Andre Santos off the ball near the edge of the penalty area, and cut back for the unmarked Leverkusen man, who fired an unstoppable finish into the net.

The visitors attempted to mount a comeback in the closing minutes, but were only able to break through deep in injury time. Neymar cut inside from the left and unleashed an impressive low drive into the corner, but it was too late for Brazil to complete its comeback.

Germany dominated the possession from the start and it only took six minutes for the hosts to carve out their first chance. Gotze skillfully took a cross off his chest, made space from Andre Santos and fired on goal, but Julio Cesar made a superb save.

For all its control of the ball, the DFB team had trouble creating opportunities against a Brazil team that was well organized in defense. Toni Kroos was the most dangerous man for the hosts, having one long-ranged attempt saved, and a pair of blasts narrowly miss the target.

Brazil relied primarily on counterattacking football and had several occasions in which it was able to burst through the midfield. However, it was largely unable to beat the German back line. Only on the stroke of halftime did Neymar create space to shoot as he ran into the right side of the box. The Santos man fired wide of the far post, however.

Brazil was a better team in the second half and nearly opened the scoring through Pato early on, but the Milan forward chipped wide of the post when through on goal. The visitors often found themselves in the attacking third and won a number of corners, but were caught out after leaving open space at the back. When given the chance, the Germans attacked this space ruthlessly and their fire-power proved superior on the night.

The resut will be an encouraging one for a Germany side that has struggled in recent friendly  matches. Following its dismal run at the Copa America, Brazil will have to continue to refine its game under Mano Menezes.

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