Germany triumph over Brazil in style

German Football
By German Football August 11, 2011 03:20

Germany triumph over Brazil in style

Germany’s young guns proved they are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with as they turned on the style to beat Brazil 3-2 in Stuttgart with rising star Mario Goetze in dazzling form.

In a friendly televised live in 190 countries, Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring from the penalty spot before 19-year-old debutant Goetze and Andre Schuerrle netted for the hosts.
This is the first time Germany have beaten Brazil for 18 years and only the fourth time the hosts have beaten the South American giants in 21 meetings.

“For us it was a friendly game at a very high level ,” said German coach Joachim Löw, whose starting lineup included seven Bayern Munich players.

“Today was good. We didn’t let the Brazilians come into the game. When you see how the players displayed such enjoyment, such desire, such a high tempo – that was something. And that’s how we must go on.”

“I am personally pleased that I have so many options now,” said Germany coach Loew after youngsters Goetze, Schuerrle, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller all shone with play-maker Mesut Ozil left out to recover after touring with Real Madrid.

Last night, the Germans saw another glimpse of the importance of the 19-year-old Goetze to their future title hopes.

Goetze was just a one-year-old toddler when the three-time world champions last beat Brazil 2-1 in November 1993 and yesterday he upstaged the visitors’ own 19-year-old starlet, Neymar.

Goetze scored in the 67th minute – six minutes after Schweinsteiger’s spot-kick – when he rounded goalkeeper Julio Cesar before slotting the ball into the net from a tight angle.

“Goetze has extraordinary awareness. He always finds solutions. It’s the simple things that make him so strong,” Löw said.

Said Goetze of his international debut: “I’m happy it went well.”

Robinho pulled one back from the spot for five-time World Cup winner Brazil in the 71st, after Germany captain Philipp Lahm’s poor challenge on Dani Alves.

But Schuerrle responded for Germany inside 10 minutes when Schweinsteiger displayed great perseverance to win the ball from Andre Santos.

Neymar unleashed a fine effort from outside the penalty area into the net to limit the embarrassment for the 2014 World Cup hosts.

“Germany were clearly better over the whole match,” Brazil coach Mano Menezes said. “We need to cut out individual mistakes. It’s on these things that games at the highest level are decided.”

German Football
By German Football August 11, 2011 03:20
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