Germany are not as good as everyone thinks, says Toni Kroos


In Neymar's absence, Brazil defeated Russian Federation 3-0 before recording a 1-0 triumph over Germany on Tuesday to gain a small measure of revenge for the 7-1 battering they received against Die Mannschaft on home soil in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

"It was a matter of pride, after all that has been written and said", said Silva, who was suspended for the 7-1 rout in Belo Horizonte almost four years ago. In 1970, 1994 and 2002 the Selecao was slated at home by fans and press and yet they rose to the occasion, most memorably in 1970 when a Pele-led side wowed the world with one of the most memorable teams ever to play the game. Brazil played an astonishing 143 wrong passes in the middle third, had they been up against any other team, they would have been punished severely.

Gabriel Jesus headed in the victor in the 37th minute as Brazil, beaten just once under coach Tite and missing injured talisman Neymar, beat a second-string German team to restore some pride after their 7-1 loss to the Europeans four years ago.

The defeat also meant that Germany failed to match their 23-match unbeaten record.

While Germany coach Joachim Low rested several key players for Tuesday's match, Tite took no chances against the reigning World Cup champions. It wasn't our day today.

"You never want to lose a game like that, but I can live with the result and we have to work very hard on three or four points". We made too many silly mistakes that made it easy for Brazil.

"We had a few young players on the pitch today".

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Instead of pressing high for fear of being caught on the break, Brazil waited for the Germans to enter into their half.

(Back row L to R) Germany's defender Antonio Ruediger, Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos, Germany's midfielder Julian Draxler, Germany's midfielder Mario Gomez, Germany's goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, Germany's defender Jerome Boateng, (front row Lto R) Germany's midfielder Leroy Sane, Germany's defender Marvin Plattenhardt, Germany's midfielder Joshua Kimmich, Germany's midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Germany's midfielder Leon Goretzka pose for a team photoahead their global friendly football match between Germany and Brazil in Berlin, on March 27, 2018.

"It's absolutely okay if the Brazilian soul can now find peace", he added.

The 20-year-old Jesus forced Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to push the ball over the bar just before the winning goal came on 38 minutes.

"It was a matter of pride, after all that has been written and said", said Brazil defender Thiago Silva.

"That was clearly not enough from many of us". It makes us proud.