Brazil awake from old night­mare

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DE­FENDER Thi­ago Silva be­lieves Brazil re­stored some pride in the fa­mous shirt af­ter a 1-0 friendly win over Ger­many in Ber­lin al­lowed his team to put their 2014 World Cup maul­ing be­hind them.

Gabriel Je­sus’ first­half goal at a sold­out Olympic Sta­dium on Tues­day saw Brazil end Ger­many’s un­beaten run of 22 games – dat­ing back to their Euro 2016 semi­fi­nal de­feat by hosts France.

“It was a mat­ter of pride, af­ter all that has been writ­ten and said,” Silva said, who was sus­pended for the 7-1 rout in Belo Hor­i­zonte nearly four years ago.

“This jer­sey de­serves a lit­tle more re­spect. That’s why I’m over­joyed about win­ning against a big op­po­nent.”

The friendly vic­tory gained a mea­sure of re­venge for five­time world cham­pi­ons Brazil, whose coach Tite had ad­mit­ted are still haunted by the thrash­ing in the semi­fi­nals of the last World Cup.

The 56 year old, nick­named The Pro­fes­sor, said his side had learnt the les­son and showed cool heads in chilly Ber­lin.

“You me­dia have spo­ken a lot about this (7-1) re­sult, the re­al­ity is that it is over, we sim­ply played well here and we won.

“We had no anger or ha­tred, you can’t play well with emo­tions like that. We weren’t try­ing to re­build lost pride, we just wanted to put in a good per­for­mance,” Tite said.

“There are pos­i­tive things to take from the game and the re­sult but we made a few mis­takes, we gave away some pos­ses­sion and we lacked some width in our game.”

Tite said he was pleased to see Brazil earn wins over Rus­sia and now Ger­many in the last week with­out in­jured star for­ward Ney­mar.

“We are learn­ing to play well with­out Ney­mar and that is part of our strength,” the Brazil boss said.

De­fend­ing world cham­pi­ons Ger­many are now win­less in their last four games af­ter draws against Eng­land, France and Spain.

“We have lost the game, but we can live with it as we have four or five points which we need to in­ten­sively work on,” Ger­many head coach Joachim Loew said.

“It was to be ex­pected that Brazil, with their in­jured soul, played their best team and were highly mo­ti­vated.

“It wasn’t our day. We made too many mis­takes, which al­lowed Brazil to grow in strength and con­fi­dence. We had a few young play­ers who will learn from this, but in ad­di­tion, the body lan­guage was not right from some play­ers.”

There was some re­lief for Loew af­ter Ger­many cap­tain Jerome Boateng twisted an­kle lig­a­ments and had to come off in the se­cond half.

“I don’t think it’s so bad and that noth­ing is torn,” Loew said.

The Ger­many boss made seven changes to the team which started the 1-1 draw with Spain last Fri­day and in­cluded just two World Cup-win­ners.

Ger­many’s Toni Kroos felt some fringe play­ers had blown their chance at a place in the World Cup squad. – AFP

PIC­TURE: BRAZIL PHOTO PRESS

HEAVEN SENT: Qual­ity striker Gabriel Je­sus.

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