Brazil edged past world champions Germany 1-0 in their international friendly on Tuesday to end Germany’s 22-match unbeaten run, thus exacting a semblance of revenge for their 2014 World Cup semi-final humiliation.
Gabriel Jesus headed home the 37th-minute winner as Brazil, beaten just once under coach Tite and missing injured talisman Neymar, claimed victory in Berlin.
The Germans were hoping to match their record of 23 games without defeat but they lacked their usual spark, with several key players injured or rested, including Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller.
Germany coach Joachim Loew made seven changes to the team that drew 1-1 against Spain on Friday as they prepare for their World Cup defence in Russia.
Disciplined and hard-working, the Selecao had the better of the opening half and took the lead when Jesus’ header from point-blank range couldn’t be held by Kevin Trapp.
Julian Draxler had the hosts’ best effort late on, but saw his effort beaten away by Alisson, who was largely untroubled throughout.
Germany XI: Trapp; Kimmich, Boateng, Rudiger, Plattenhardt; Gundogan, Kroos; Draxler, Goretzka, Sane; Gomez.
Brazil XI: Alisson, Alves, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Fernandinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Coutinho.