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Youngsters ignite Germany
by Paul Kennedy, August 10th, 2011 7:15PM
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TAGS:  brazil, germany


[GERMANY-BRAZIL] Making his first international start, 19-year-old Mario Goetze scored in Germany's 3-2 friendly win over Brazil, its first victory over the Brazilians in 18 years, and earned high praise from his coach.

“Goetze has extraordinary awareness," said Germany coach Joachim Loew after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder scored after rounding Brazil keeper Julio Cesar. "He always finds solutions. It’s the simple things that make him so strong,

Loew started an all-Bundesliga XI, including seven players from Bayern Munich. Reflecting the enormous young talent Germany is developing, he started five players who are 23 or younger.

Toni Kroos, who was taken down for a penalty on Germany's first goal and set up Goetze for the second, is only 21. Sub Andre Schuerrle, who scored the third goal, is only 20.

“Germany were clearly better over the whole match,” Brazil coach Mano Menezes said. “We need to cut out individual mistakes. It’s on these things that games at the highest level are decided.”

The game, played in front of a sellout crowd of almost 55,000 fans, was Brazil's first since its quarterfinal exit from the Copa America.

Aug. 10 in Stuttgart
Germany 3 Brazil 2. Goals: Schweinsteiger (pen.) 61, Goetze 67, Schuerrle 80; Robinho 71, Neymar 89.
Germany -- Neuer, Lahm, Hummels (Boateng, 88), Badstuber, Schweinsteiger (Rolfes, 85), Traesch, Kroos, Goetze (Cacau, 88), Podolski (Schuerrle, 46), Mueller, Gomez (Klose, 46).
Brazil -- Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Lucio, Thiago Silva, Ralf, Andre Santos, Fernandinho (Ganso, 69), Robinho (Renato Augusto, 86), Ramires (Luiz Gustavo, 86), Alexandre Pato (Fred, 77), Neymar.

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