Germany and Brazil produced a very entertaining match. Germany won the match 3-2, but a fairer reflection of the game would probably be a scoreline of 3-1.
The scoring started in the second half. Miroslav Klose retrieved a ball from midfield superbly and back heeled to Mario Goetze. Goetze set up Toni Kroos. Kroos was fouled in the box. Bastian Schweinsteiger converted from the spot.
For the second goal, Klose and Kroos did a one-two before Kroos set up Goetze, Goetze converted from a tight angle. Brazil got one back when Philipp Lahm gave away a rare penalty. Robinho converted.
Substitute Andre Schuerrle, set up by Bastian Schweinsteiger, scored the third. Neymar scored a late goal to make the final look more respectable.
Five Things We Learned from The Match
1) This German team is well set to win Euro 2012.
Spain might be the top dog in Europe. However, Germany is producing more and more brilliant young stars by the minute.
Mario Goetze and Andre Schuerrle are just two of a long line of youngsters coming through in the Bundesliga. Marco Reus, who didn't feature in the match, is another one of them.
Germany also has a good attacking philosophy. There is very little reason to believe that they will be stopped in 2012.
2) It is time to make Mats Hummels a permanent fixture in the national side.
Hummels' performance yesterday made a few heads turn. Per Mertesacker is a good player, but Hummels' distribution and speed is marginally better than that of the Bremen star.
Hummels and Holger Badstuber formed a superb partnership in the centre of defence. This could be the partnership for Germany in 2012.
3) Mano Menezes needs a definite philosophy.
Brazil didn't look like the side which dominated the world of football with a beautiful attacking style of play. They didn't look like the kind of team that can somehow scrape results out, similar to the German team of 2002.
Germany completely dominated the match. They were faster, more free-flowing and to put it plainly, just better. While there is no shame in being dominated by the Germans, one must remember that this is Germany's first win against Brazil in more than a decade.
4) Toni Kroos can see eye to eye with any brilliant playmaker.
Considering the talent he possesses, Kroos was careless when he had the ball at times yesterday. However, some of his passes were exquisite.
Take Goetze's second goal as an example. The pass he produced was, put simply, just brilliant.
Provided that the Bayern man can hold everything together and not just fade away as he did last season, this could be a very good season for him.
5) Robinho's impact on the national side is minimal.
Menezes could try playing another of his talented Brazilians in that position. Robinho's performances in the Copa weren't impressive. His performance against Germany yesterday wasn't great either.
So, these are my conclusions. Tell me if you agree with me. If you don't, feel free to leave a comment below.
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