Hosts Germany out of the Confederations Cup

27th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 June 2005, NUREMBERG - Brazil demonstrated against Germany that even without the absent Ronaldo they have a constant threat in Adriano and Robinho even when unable to dominate a game. The two strikers were the major difference between the world champions and hosts Germany in the 3-2 victory in Nuremberg Saturday which sets up an all-South American final in the Confederations Cup. Adriano, scorer of two goals and voted man of the match, was too hot to handle for Germany's defence, while Robinho showed wh

27 June 2005

NUREMBERG - Brazil demonstrated against Germany that even without the absent Ronaldo they have a constant threat in Adriano and Robinho even when unable to dominate a game.

The two strikers were the major difference between the world champions and hosts Germany in the 3-2 victory in Nuremberg Saturday which sets up an all-South American final in the Confederations Cup.

Adriano, scorer of two goals and voted man of the match, was too hot to handle for Germany's defence, while Robinho showed why he is the emerging star with his involvement in most of the team's best moves.

Brazil now play either Argentina or Mexico in the final on Wednesday in Frankfurt, hoping for a second Confederations Cup trophy since 1997. Germany have the consolation prize of the match for third place in Leipzig.

For Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann, the defeat will be another important stage in the development of his young side heading towards the World Cup. Lessons will be learned. The consequences for some players will be tough. Half a dozen squad places are up for grabs.

Nevertheless, there were congratulations from Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira to Klinsmann on his team. Germany, he said, was "on the right road" and would be a major challenger at the World Cup.

In the end, it came down to inexperience. "We lacked a bit of cleverness in the decisive moments," said Klinsmann. Sometimes the players reacted too slowly, were not sharp enough, and Brazil took no mercy, he said.

"We have to continue with our development. I told the players not to be disappointed because we gave everything. They can be proud of what they have done in the last few weeks."

Parreira is not only happy to be in the final, he has achieved one of his major targets at the tournament by taking a good look at the players who have come in for the likes of Cafu and Roberto Carlos.

One of them, Cicinho of Sao Paulo, "changed the game for us", when he came on in the second half in the right-back position. Parreira has also now given a good run to the Adriano-Robinho partnership with Ronaldinho and Kaka behind them.

"We have been trying this for the last six games, and we decided to keep going with it. It was interesting to see how it was going to work against Germany, a tough team playing on their own ground."

Parreira said Brazil demonstrated "technique and skill" but more importantly the players, who he admitted were tired at the end of a long season, showed mental strength.

Ronaldinho, who scored from the penalty spot after Robert Huth brought down Adriano, said the victory augured well.

"We played against a strong team with the crowd behind them. It was a big step forward for us in view of the World Cup next year."

DPA

Subject: German news

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