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August 10, 2011
• Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
Referee: V. Kassai
B. Schweinsteiger 61'
M. Götze 67'
A. Schürrle 80'
FULL TIME! An entertaining game comes to an end and Germany run out deserved winners 3-2 against Brazil, who have now won just one of their last five matches. Mario Gotze, Bastian Schweinsteiger and substitute Andre Schurrle all shone for the home side, who were good value for their win. In truth, Neymar's late goal means the scoreline flatters Brazil. It's been a great evening in this magnificent renovated arena in Stuttgart. Thanks for joining us and take time to read our match report and ratings elsewhere on Goal.com. Auf Wiedersehen.
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GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL BRASIL! NEYMAR! A terrific strike from the young striker from just outside the box into the bottom corner with Neuer having no chance. And that as I was about to say both teams are just seeing out the game. That was a tremendous effort from the Santos man.
One of Brazil's better passing moves comes to an end when Renato Augusto's shot from the right is blocked. There will be three minutes of stoppage time.
It has been a wonderful night for Gotze, scoring what should be the first of many goals for Germany at senior level. Cacau is in form, having scored the first goal of Stuttgart's 3-0 win over Schalke at the weekend and is very much a German international now despite his origins.
Massive cheers from the home fans in Stuttgart as they welcome one of the stars of their Bundesliga team - Brazilian born Cacau who replaces Mario Gotze. Jerome Boateng, newly of Bayern, comes on for Mats Hummels.
Brazil are preparing two changes and as Muller prepares to take the throw, Kassai allows the substitutions to take place. But first we see Simon Rolfes come on for the terrific Bastian Schweinsteiger. Bundesliga duo Luiz Gustavo (Bayern) and Renato Augusto (Leverkusen) come on for Robinho and Andre Santos.
Robinho found his path to goal blocked and after Brazil were forced back and back, Germany again won the ball back. Their collective enterprise and hard work has paid dividends tonight, questionable refereeing aside, which bodes well for Jogi Low as he looks to integrate new blood into the team.
Kroos is flagged for offside but that had the makings of an exquisite goal as he met a wonderfully weighted ball dinked over the top. Brazil breathe a sigh of relief.
Schurrle, who came on leaps and bounds under Thomas Tuchel at Mainz, is staking a real claim for a spot ahead of Lukas Podolski. He has been a real pain for Dani Alves on the left and when he switched with Muller, he scores with a confident finish that belies his relative inexperience at this level.
Goal Andre Schürrle
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR DEUTSCHLAND!!! ANDRE SCHURRLE!! And isn't it deserved? The Leverkusen man has again impressed since coming on. It was excellent work from Schweinsteiger, who hassled and harried Santos before squaring the ball for Schurrle, who blasted the ball past a helpless Cesar into the net.
Klose looks to the referee disapprovingly as he is penalised for a slight push on Alves. Brazil win the free-kick but again are disappointingly incapable of retaining the ball for a long time, though credit also goes to Germany for their pressing and ability to win the ball back.
Lovely combination play from the Germans down the right but Schurrle is caught offside after latching on to Muller's pass. Schweinsteiger wins the ball again for his side and has had a fine game in the middle of the park.
Play resumes with a Kroos corner and he aims for Hummels who is close to making a connection and though it appeared that Lucio had the final touch, Brazil get the benefit of any doubt. Former Lyon striker Fred enters the field in place of Pato.
Kroos goes for power and goes fairly deep in order to test Cesar, who comes out and claws the ball away with one hand. He lands awkwardly and immediately calls for the medical staff to race onto the field. A number of his team-mates are surrounding him but do not look overly concerned as they take on refreshments.
Yellow Card Ganso
The atmosphere has soured somewhat in the last few minutes and Ganso receives the first booking of the game for a needless trip on Muller as he looked to stride down the right flank. Free-kick in a good area for Germany.
Klose breaks into the box and is bundled over by Thiago Silva but fairly in the view of Kassai. Klose stays down after landing awkwardly on his right wrist. For a moment, it looked as if Kassai was going to give a third penalty and in all honesty, that appeared to be the incident, which most warranted pointing to the spot!
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL BRAZIL! Robinho sends Neuer the wrong way and in a carbon copy of Schweinsteiger's penalty is successful from 12 yards. Brazil back in this game.
Penalty Goal Robinho
PENALTY BRAZIL! Schweinsteiger protests but the decision is made. Lahm is penalised for a trip on Dani Alves, who nipped in in front of the German captain.
Ganso, a surprise omission from the starting eleven, enters the fray in place of Shakhtar's Fernandinho. Can he help turn the tide in Brazil's favour?
It takes three men to stop Muller who then sprints back to pressurise the yellow shirts. Schweinsteiger wins the ball back but by foul means in the view of Viktor Kassai.
Goal Mario Götze
His bright and lively performance tonight allied to a wonderful goal begs the question: If Neymar is worth upwards of £40m/€45m, how much is Gotze worth?
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR DEUTSCHLAND!!! MARIO GOTZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! A fantastic goal from Germany. Kroos threaded the ball through to Gotze, who approached the ball on the diagonal at pace. He rounds Julio Cesar and thunders the ball into the net to double Germany's advantage!! What a special, special player this man is. And what a way to score your first international goal!
Robinho is robbed just outside the box by Schweinsteiger, who is able to find Schurrle on the left as the Leverkusen man pulls into the space. Germany then take the chance to slow the tempo down and spread the play from one side to the other. It's Brazil who need to force the issue.
The home fans cheer in unison as Trasch clears away a Brazilian set-piece. Schurrle is again a thorn in the side of Alves and robs the Barcelona man. He releases Gotze who makes progress to the by-line before Thiago Silva wins the ball back with a sliding challenge.
Brazil look to equalise instantly and Andre Santos flies down the left. His cross, turns into a shot and Neuer watches it carefully pass the right side from the post from his point of view before drawing his hands away so as not to concede the corner.
Penalty Goal Bastian Schweinsteiger
TORRRR DEUTSCHLAND! Schweinsteiger steps up with a stern look across his face...right-footed..on the hour mark.... and sends Julio Cesar the wrong way as he finds the bottom right-hand corner (as the goalkeeper would look at it). Germany have the lead from the penalty spot!
PENALTY GERMANY!!! Brilliant work from Schurrle to win the ball back then nick it away from the defender. Germany then counter and when Kroos is tripped by Lucio having received Gotze's ball, Kassai points to the spot. However, replays indicate that it was a dive from the Bayern midfielder!
Lahm finds Schurrle on the outside. He does brilliantly to battle past Dani Alves and stretch out his left boot to cross into the area. Gotze lets fly and with Julio Cesar commmitted, the shot is blocked on its way to goal by Thiago Silva.
Lucio is perfectly positioned in the centre of the penalty box to head away successive crosses from the right, first from Muller and then from Trasch. The Inter man is of course no stranger to Germany, having starred for both Bayer Leverkusen and then Bayern Munich.
Lucio, known for his ability as a ball-playing defender, attempts to clip the ball upfield hoping that Robinho will catch the German defence cold but it's much too hard and it skips through to Neuer. Pato is penalised for offside a few moments later.
Again, Germany deal with the set-piece without any difficulties. Muller, on the shoulder of the last defender, looks to latch on to an opportune ball forward only to find Julio Cesar has anticipated the situation more quickly and the Inter goalkeeper hacks the ball clear. Moments later, Lahm's shot takes a slight deflection and surprises Cesar, who clumsily bundles the ball away and behind for a corner.
Badstuber loses his bearings and allows Pato to take the ball down under control before swivelling into space and waiting for his team-mates to join him. Neat combination play leads to Neymar getting to the by-line before his cutback is blocked by Badstuber. Corner to Brazil.
A quickly taken throw by Muller finds Gotze. Klose then plays the ball to Schweinsteiger whose long range punt is just that, never testing Julio Cesar as a look of frustration breaks out on the Bayern midfielder's face.
Superb ball from Ramires to spread the play rightwards towards Dani Alves. He slaloms inside then outside Schurrle before guiding the ball into the box, where Mats Hummels is ideally stationed to head clear for Germany.
Kroos is penalised for a foul on Ralf and Brazil have begun the second period much more confidently than they did the first. Trasch misses his header and allows Pato to nip in behind. However, he recovers a few moments later to dispossess the Brazil striker.
OHHHHHHHHH Strong defending from Ramires to rob Muller and then Brazil counter, almost scoring a magnificent goal. Ramires found Pato, who spotted Neuer off his line and tried an audacious chip but directed his effort agonisingly wide of the far post. That would have been simply majestic.
Welcome back for the second period, which hopefully will bring us all some goals to cheer. An unsurprising change for Germany - Lazio's new striker Miroslav Klose is coming on. As is Leverkusen attacker Andre Schurrle. Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski make way. Can Klose edge ever close to Gerd Muller's goalscoring record? No changes for Brazil and we're underway.
Viktor Kassai blows for half-time and while it remains scoreless, Germany have dominated the game. They'll have liked to have been more rewarded for their superiority but at times have looked imperious. Brazil have struggled for coherence but on the odd occasion showed that the German defence cannot relax for a split second. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half.
Brazil go up the other end from the corner and Alves finds Neymar on the right-hand side of the box. He searches out the bottom corner and his strike beats Neuer but also the post.
Muller runs at the Brazilian defence, escaping the clutches of Ramires but as he drops his shoulder to go down the outside, his heavy touch lets him down. Germany win it back and Trasch is not too far away with a low, bouncing shot that skids across the turf and takes a touch from a Brazilian on its way through.
Lahm comes inside and when the room is not there, the ball is stroked back to Podolski, whose shot is fierce but blocked - and in all likelihood was heading wide of the goal in any case.
Germany have a few handy players of their own and Muller wins a corner, which only finds the advertising hoardings on the other side of the pitch! Brazil once again build from the back and are helped when Podolski fouls Dani Alves to the dismay of the home fans, who felt he went to ground a little too easily.
Brilliant play from Pato in the right space to escape three defenders and it's a great shame that he was a shade off balance when he unleashed the shot, which was always going away from Neuer in the German goal. But a snapshot of the frightening ability of the Milan striker.
Schweinsteiger fancies it but Kroos, who is over the ball, goes for goal himself and curls the free-kick around the wall but also over the bar. Julio Cesar watched it all the way and barely needed to move.
Kroos turns and with a sense of enterprise, plays the ball out to Muller on the right but the World Cup star is stopped in his tracks by a strong challenge from Andre Santos. No question of a foul on that occasion. Germany come again and Muller is the victim of a late challenge by Fernandinho as he tried to complete the 1-2 with Lahm.
Neymar escapes Trasch and finds Pato, who holds the ball up and gives it to Ramires. He spreads it outside to Dani Alves, who gets to the by-line and crosses but Trasch atones for his earlier slip and heads the ball behind for a corner.
Podolski works his way into the box after brilliant slick passing from Germany but as he pulls the trigger, Alves blocks the ball with a well executed sliding challenge.
And for once the long run up and the strike do not provoke a collective sigh of anti-climactic frustration as he tests Neuer, albeit it was not too difficult for the German goalkeeper, who beat away Alves' free-kick with both fists.
Alves finds himself in the centre of the pitch, à la Lahm and is tripped by Kroos, handing Brazil a free-kick around 30 yards from goal in a central position, which the Barcelona man himself will take.
Lahm cuts infield, lays it off to Schweinsteiger, who threads the ball out to the right and Muller. The cross into the box is testing but Thiago Silva heads clear at the near post. Simple football from Germany and almost very effective.
Excellent anticipation from Hummels to cut out Fernandinho's through ball. He is then given a talking to from Viktor Kassai for a trip on Mario Gotze.
Almost a lightning quick attack from Germany with Gomez, who played in Gotze. The Dortmund man took the ball in his stride but such was the speed he was coming onto the ball, it took him too far away from goal and the danger was lost.
A little ball jugging on the touchline from Jogi Low entertains one and all before he hands the ball to Andre Santos for a throw-in. Low gets the thumbs up from his opposite number Menezes - a nice moment in what is of course a friendly international.
Careless from Santos who was dilly-dallying on the edge of his own box with two white German shirts in attendance but the ball ricochets in his favour and he recovers to clear.
Robinho does nicely to shake off two challenges and return the ball back to Lucio as Brazil stroke the ball along the carpet between the defenders and midfielders. Germany press and Brazil go long to the right, where Podolski nips in ahead of Dani Alves.
Wonderful pass from Hummels striding forward to find Muller, whose first touch let him down before Lucio pounced and took command of the situation. Muller gets up limping slightly but he does not look too seriously hurt and should run it off.
...curled in from the right, high, over the wall and straight into the arms of a grateful Manuel Neuer. Ramires has had a couple of runs forward and is proving to be as good an outlet for the visitors as any of the more "skilful" players in Mano Menezes' side.
Ramires drives forward down the left-hand side, plays the 1-2 with Neymar and goes down, looking for the foul against Hummels and he indeed wins the free-kick, if rather fortunately so. Neymar to whip it in from the left...
Magnificent play from Germany. Muller plays a superb 1-2 with Trasch as they render the Brazilian defence static and helpless. Trasch then finds Kroos who fires his shot inches wide of the post - the Bayern man was known for his long-range prowess during his spell with Bayer Leverkusen.
Neymar was too agile and quick for Trasch on that occasion but Germany had enough bodies in the centre of the box to snuff out the danger. Brazil are having glimpses of good play without Germany's consistency and ability to hold the ball for long periods.
Germany counter as Gomez does well to take the ball forward, waiting for Gotze and the rest of the supporting cast to drift upfield. Kroos has a shot from the left, which is powerfully struck but straight into the hands of Julio Cesar. Brazil then sloppily lose possession before Alves makes a vital interception at right-back against Podolski.
Comfortably Brazil's best attack. After Robinho's cross from the left finds Alves on the right, he whips a superb ball with pace into the box and Hummels is forced to head behind for a corner. Neymar takes the corner, aiming for Robinho and Germany head clear.
Kroos finds Gotze in his space ; he turns and finds Muller on the right but the cross is grossly overhit and Podolski is unable to retrieve the situation on the left flank. Brazil then counter and Robinho looks to play in Pato but once more he fails to judge the weight of the pass correctly and Neuer has an easy take.
Robinho has his best chance to run at the German defence but he finds Andre Santos instead on the overlap. The full-back's low cross into the six-yard box is kicked away behind his own goal by Neuer before the corner ends up in Neuer grabbing onto Robinho's low cross-come-shot from the left.
Hummels is guilty of a foul on Robinho as he clatters in from behind giving Brazil some respite and a free-kick as they take a few seconds out of the game.
Ralf is penalised for being too ponderous and gets himself into trouble 30 yards from goal. Schweinsteiger's ensuing shot is blocked though as ever, Germany recycle the ball and build again. Brazil can hardly get out of their own half.
Ramires looked to be going through the gears as he drove down the centre of the pitch but he was well tracked and eventually dispossessed by Schweinsteiger.
Careless from Kroos in the middle of the park as he gives the ball away in his own half but Brazil are unable to take advantage as Robinho searches out Pato. A warning sign for Germany that they cannot become complacent and over-elaborate in their own half.
Germany have focused a great deal of their play down the left half of the pitch thus far with the likes of Lahm, Podolski and Schweinsteiger. This time Dani Alves deals with Podolski and Brazil finally look to get their passing game into action. However, Neymar is snuffed out by the busy Trasch.
A degree of panic from Brazil before they look to launch their first counter through Robinho but his ball forward to Pato is too strong and Neuer is on hand to tidy up for Germany. Muller wins a free-kick when Andre Santos clims all over the top of him.
Schweinsteiger wins the ball back and Lahm retrieves. The ball comes into the area from Podolski and is headed away. It is undoubtedly the home side who have settled quicker as Pato spurns the chance to hold the ball up and relieve some pressure on his team-mates.
Almost another terrific pass from Kroos, who is playing in a deeper role than he did for Bayern at the weekend though he has impressed in what the Germans call the "Doppelsechs" in the centre of midfield.
OHHHHHHHH GOTZE DENIED!!!! Gorgeous ball from Toni Kroos over the back of the left-back Santos and Gotze had ghosted into the penalty box. He jinks inside on his left foot, unleashes the strike and is foiled by a fine one-handed stop to his right from Julio Cesar.
Big cheers for captain Lahm as he receives his first touch - Lahm of course had a spell on loan a few years ago in Stuttgart. Germany spread the play to the right but Trasch is unable to keep the ball in play.
It's much deeper this time and much too deep indeed from the Dortmund man, sailing over the head of the posse of players in the box. Lucio then miscues his clearance to Schweinsteiger, who tries his luck from long range but does not worry Julio Cesar with the shot.
Germany win the first corner of the game thanks to Gotze, who plays the ball off Ralf. He takes the set-piece himself and Thiago Silva wins the first header before Gotze wins another corner after a tussle with Dani Alves.
Dani Alves attempts a searching ball in behind the German defence but he gets too much purchase on it and it goes through to Manuel Neuer, who has not had everything his own way since his move from Schalke to Bayern Munich!
Schweinsteiger puts Trasch in a little trouble but the Dortmund defender shields the ball from Robinho, who commits an early foul. Germany last won against Brazil in November 1993 and will want to put that right this evening.
Our Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai has conducted the pre-match formalities with the respective captains Philipp Lahm and his ex-Bayern team-mate Lucio. Kassai blows his whistle and gets us underway. It's the away side who kick us off.
After a stunning performance in Borussia Dortmund's opener against Hamburg last Friday evening, Mario Gotze is handed the chance to impress as Jogi Low's playmaker. While for Brazil, their playmaker Ganso has been omitted from the side in a surprise move from coach Mano Menezes.
Brazil: Julio Cesar - Dani Alves, Lucio, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos - Ramires, Fernandinho, Ralf - Neymar, Pato, Robinho
Germany: Neuer - Trasch, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm - Kroos, Schweinsteiger - Muller, Gotze, Podolski - Gomez
Guten Abend and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of this glamour friendly between Brazil and Germany, which takes place in Stuttgart's wonderful new renovated Mercedes-Benz Arena. A repeat of the 2002 World Cup final, it pits together two of football's genuine giants at international level. Brazil are coming off the back of a disappointing Copa America, while Germany are all but assured of a place at next summer's European Championships.
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