Federation Internationale de Football Association global wrap - Tuesday 27 March - Germany, Brazil, England, Italy, Spain, Argentina

Toni Kroos slams below-par Germans after Brazil defeat, but coach Joachim Loew keeps cool

The Germans tried to get an equaliser before the break with Mario Gomez, vying for a spot in the World Cup squad, coming close twice.

This time they're, or just Daniel Alves for now, calling it the "world clasico": a much-anticipated encounter in Berlin this evening between his country Brazil and Germany that could essentially act a dress rehearsal for a last-16 clash in Russian Federation this summer at the World Cup in addition to a chance to exorcise some of the demons unleashed by one of the darkest chapters in Brazilian footballing history. It's a step that's passed.

'We are preparing to give our best performance, which will be important, but of course I also want a good result'.

In his pre-match press conference, Low spoke about how Brazil and Germany have both evolved over the years, with the Selecao becoming more of a cohesive team instead of relying on individual brilliance.

With Brazil star Neymar still sidelined by a foot injury, Tite made just one change - Fernandinho for Douglas Costa - from the side which beat Russian Federation 3-0 in Moscow on Friday.

The five-times world champions kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 before facing Costa Rica and Serbia.

Loew added the game was more an opportunity to experiment rather than a rematch of four years ago. This week they will look to beat Brazil since a win in this game will be a huge confidence boost as they head into the World Cup in a few months. Brazil qualified at a canter for the World Cup in the end, and although they probably aren't seen among the favourites for the tournament itself (outside of the fact that their name alone guarantees them to be part of the conversation), perhaps that unfamiliar underdog status will suit them better. Dani Alves, Fernandinho, Paulinho and Willian are the only others who were in the matchday squad for that forgettable night at Estadio Mineirao.

The Brazil of 2014 allowed the emotion of the occasion to completely subsume them, as Germany went about their business with brutal efficiency.

Just as back then, Brazil forward Neymar is sidelined by injury. The likes of Chelsea's Willian and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino have been in stunning form for their clubs and will be ready to snap up any chance they're presented with. Senior men - like Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslave Klose - have retired, but the strength in depth shown off at last summer's Confederations Cup, when a "weakened" Germany won the gold medal, is genuine.

Reading too much in to Tuesday night's clash would be unfair, but for Tite and the Selecao it presents the flawless opportunity to begin the process of banishing those Belo Horizonte memories once and for all.

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