Preview - Germany vs Brazil 28 March 2018

Started by Harry85, Mar 27, 2018, 04:30 AM

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International Friendly
Germany vs Brazil
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Olympiastadion

Last five matches form: W W D D D
Average goals per match: 4.3
Average goals against per match: 0.4
Top Scorer: Marió Gomez (31)

Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Paulinho (12)

We suspect this may have a little more bite than your average friendly. The last time these two sides met came back in 2014 in the World Cup semi-final. A game which resulted in just about the single biggest humiliation in the history of Brazilian football, as the German's took the samba boys apart in front of their own fans in Belo Horizonte. The final score a scarcely credible 7-1 to the Germans. Make no mistake, that defeat still hurts four years later.

Brazil head into the finals in good form, having tasted defeat just the once in their past 18 matches. It took a while for the Seleção to break down Russia in their last outing, but they did run out comfortable 3-0 winners in the end. The Russians did look threatening at times though, without managing to find the cutting edge. Brazil may be in trouble if they afford this Germany side such time and space in and around the area.

Germany are as ever a very tough team to beat. So tough that no team has managed to do it in their past 22 matches. If this contest is as entertaining as Germany's clash with Spain at the weekend, we are in for a treat. You certainly won't see many more exciting 1-1 draws than that high class showdown, which could have quite easily ended up 3-3.

The set up of this game looks pretty similar to that Germany Spain encounter, and with the Brazilian's possessing a similar goal threat to the Spanish, but looking that bit more open at the back, we will take Germany to come out on top.

Prediction: Germany 3 - 2 Brazil


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 13 - 8
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 9 - 5
Possession: 53% - 47%

Not as open as we anticipated this one, but a fairly entertaining encounter nonetheless. Germany led the possession and total shots stats, but it was Brazil who boasted the games most clear-cut opportunities.

In the 36th minute Gabriel Jesus found himself with a golden opportunity with the ball at his feet around 12 yards from goal and only really having the keeper to beat. He blazed over the bar.

The Man City striker didn't have long to wait for redemption though. Just one minute in fact. Having broken up play in midfield, the Brazilian's worked the ball out to Willian on the right hand side - albeit in a far from fluent manner - and the Chelsea man spun an inviting cross into the box. Jesus powered a head on goal which Kevin Trapp seemed to get a strong hand too. He still couldn't keep it out though as the ball looped in.

Curiously given the fluent football these two sides produce at times, it was from set pieces and crosses that the main chances came. The best of the lot fell to Jesus once again, this time in the 68th minute. A corner from the left evading everyone to find Jesus alone and unmarked at the far post. He made a good connection on the ball to head hard, low and most crucially of all……wide. 0-1 it remained.

Brazil will need a repeat of this in the World Cup itself if they are ever to gain anything like revenge for their humbling by the Germans on home soil back in 2014. This may have only been a friendly, but to travel to Germany and end the home sides 22 match unbeaten run must still taste pretty sweet. The manner in which Brazil were able to largely shut down the German's powerful attack also bodes well ahead of this summer's Championships.

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