'Individual brilliance denies bold Germany'
Analysis by Andy Roxburgh
Jurgen Klinsmann had thought very carefully about how to have a real go at Brazil and Germany did just that. I am sure he and his players will feel very disappointed to have lost this game over the 90 minutes.
Their whole structure was interesting and a definite sign of Klinsmann's positive thinking was playing Bernd Schneider at left-back. He had two screen players in Torsten Frings and Fabian Ernst, while up front there was one out-and-out striker in Kevin Kuranyi. But also he had three players from middle to front in Michael Ballack, Sebastian Deisler and Lukas Podolski and they played a very significant part in the way things went.
Deisler was magnificent in the first half - he played very well down the right and posed major problems for Brazil. He really did run himself into the ground on a hot day and it was no surprise when he came off near the end. Podolski was also a threat from a deep position while Ballack was inspirational. On another day he could easily have been the hero for Germany.
Germany dominated possession in the first half, which was a change from Brazil's earlier matches. Overall the Brazilians had only 47 per cent of possession and their two goals in the first half both came from set-plays. Unlike in previous matches, Ze Roberto was rarely seen as an attacking force and instead he sat deep with Emerson.
Of course, they still had moments of individual brilliance Ronaldinho would go on a run, then Adriano and one area where they did have some joy was down their right. Schneider was defending Germany's left side and a lot of Brazil's build-up play came down that flank. Their penalty came from there too.
Having fought back twice to equalise, Germany had the momentum going into the second half and they really went for it in the early part of the second period and looked the team most likely to win. But Brazil stayed calm; they can always produce something and this is what happened here. They broke quickly, Adriano got past his man and shot into the bottom corner. It was like the sucker punch in a boxing match.
Near the end Germany threw everything at Brazil, which left more space for Brazil to try and pick them off on the counterattack. Brazil will be very pleased with themselves as they stayed together collectively and then one of their talented individuals produced something. This is a quality Brazil have: they are able to play collectively but can also call on moments of brilliance and this is what won them the match in Nuremberg.