Germany-Brazil showdown a letdown

The battle between 2007 World Cup finalists Germany and Brazil and the world's greatest players, Birgit Prinz and Marta, promised much and delivered little.

Playing the same team that beat Brazil, 2-0, in Shanghai last fall, Germany could only manage a 0-0 tie in the rematch in Shenyang on Wednesday.

The best chance in the first half came when Germany's Sandra Smisek hit the crossbar.

It was all Brazil after intermission.

Renata Costa hit the crossbar, Cristiane was denied by keeper Nadine Angerer, and Marta missed from close range.

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