Brazil edged past world champions Germany 1-0 in their international friendly on Tuesday to snap their opponents’ 22-match unbeaten run and exact some measure of revenge for their 2014 World Cup semi-final humiliation.
Brazil came to their first chance through Gabriel Jesus who had all time and space at the edge of the box but missed the target in the 36th minute.
The striker made amends for his missed promising chance after heading home a corner from close range moments later.
Gabriel Jesus headed in the winner 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 Germans looked shocked and they were unable to respond while Brazil almost doubled their advantage in the 55th minute before German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp defused Paulinho’s shot.
The Germans were hoping to match their record of 23 games without defeat but they lacked spark and precision, with several key players injured or rested, including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller.
Germany coach Joachim Loew made seven changes to the team that drew 1-1 against Spain on Friday as they prepare for a World Cup title defense in Russia in June.
The five-times world champions kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 before facing Costa Rica and Serbia.