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Brazilian efficiency ends Germany's unbeaten run

Germany 0 Brazil 1

By Robert Jones

Gabriel Jesus' first-half header gave Brazil a deserved 1-0 win over Germany in a dominating performance in Berlin.

The Manchester City striker got on the end of a superb cross from the right from Willian to head past Kevin Trapp.

Germany struggled to open up the Brazil defence, who were untroubled by the hosts, ending their 22-game unbeaten run

The visitors made the brighter start but it was the Germans who had the first real sight on goal when Leroy Sane cut into the Brazil half after six minutes and went down in the area under pressure, but the referee had no interest.

Brazil responded though and, after 10 minutes, quick feet from Philippe Coutinho saw him waltz past three defenders but he could not pick out a team-mate in the box and Germany cleared the danger.

Coutinho was constantly causing problems for the hosts and again cut through their defence five minutes later but his shot from 20 yards.

Leon Goretzka was proving to be the biggest threat for the home side down the right flank and one dangerous cross forced Brazil captain Thiago Silva to get in ahead of Mario Gomez and head the ball behind.

Coutinho opened the Germans up again midway through the first half as he left two defenders in his wake and laid the ball off to Jesus, who was wasteful as the danger passed.

Another Goretzka cross picked out Gomez but he could only send his header wide from a tight angle.

Jesus then burst clear and checked back on himself but fired over the bar.

Moments later, Brazil were ahead. Willian's superb cross from the right found Jesus six yards out and, although his header was straight at Trapp, the goalkeeper fumbled the ball over the line.

It was Brazil who continued to look the more dangerous after the break as Willian had a shot blocked and Paulinho then forced a fine save from Trapp.

Coutinho lifted another effort narrowly over the bar before Willian's long diagonal ball picked out Jesus but he could not get much power on his header and it was turned behind for a corner kick.

Germany struggled to break down a solid Brazil backline but Julian Brandt skipped away from two defenders before seeing a shot deflected.

And their best chance of the game came in stoppage time as Toni Kroos' short corner picked out Julian Draxler on the edge of the box and his fizzed effort forced a superb save from Alisson.

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