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Gabriel Jesus scores for Brazil and ends Germany’s unbeaten streak

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Gabriel Jesus scored Brazil as the South American nation defeated Germany by 1-0 in Berlin to end the hosts’ 22-game unbeaten run.

For some, it may also restore some lost pride for the five-time world champions following the humiliating mismatch between the two sides in their previous meeting, when Germany crushed the hosts by 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

It also meant that Joachim Low’s side, the reigning world champions and the team top of the world rankings, lost for the first time since a 2-0 defeat by France in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Gabriel Jesus’s first-half header settled the friendly seven minutes before the interval when the goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp, flapped at his powerful but centrally positioned header and allowed the ball go in.

Jesus had also missed a good chance minutes earlier when he left two Germany defenders sprawling on a counterattack and then fired over with only the goalkeeper to beat.

On the other side of the pitch, Ilkay Gundogan had the home side’s best chance when he mishit the ball after Julian Draxler pulled it back.

There was also a contentious moment in the game as the referee, Jonas Eriksson, asked the Brazil captain, Dani Alves, to calm his players down after Toni Kroos felt the effect of yet another robust challenge.

Despite their lead, Brazil emerged with more intent after the break, with Antonio Rüdiger blocking Willian and Paulinho drawing a good save from Trapp off the rebound, before Philippe Coutinho fired just over.

The Barcelona forward was also denied when Joshua Kimmich produced a vital interception, and Jesus missed an open goal from the resultant corner.

As the game later, Sandro Wagner twice headed good chances wide but that was as close as Germany got as Brazil adopted a 6-3-1 formation to protect their lead.

Juventus to sign Emre Can on a free with five-year contract

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Juventus are set to complete a deal with Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on a free transfer in the summer.

The defending Serie A champions are alleged to have already offered a five-year contract worth £85,000 a week and a sizeable signing-on fee to the Germany international.

Can, 23, will be out of contract by the end of the 2017-18 season and has yet to agree any new deal with Liverpool.

The Germany international is wanted by a host of top European clubs but amongst them, Juventus believe that they have already progressed much further than everyone else and that a deal will be concluded soon.

Furthermore, the club has held positive talks with Can’s representatives with the player even as they seeking reassurances of how he fits within the folds of Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri’s plans.

Previously, Can had joined Liverpool for £9.75m in 2014 after the Premier League club met the buyout clause in his contract with Bayer Leverkusen. He has won 20 caps for Germany, having made his debut in September 2015.

However, when Juventus had expressed their interest in signing the player in January they had been told by Liverpool that there was no chance of that happening.

Nonetheless, it was clear that the Reds’ stance upon the matter has softened, with Jurgen Klopp’s team already signing a central midfielder as replacement for next season in Naby Keita, who will be arriving from RB Leipzig for a fee in the region of £55m.

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss tells media to be calm over friendlies

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Jurgen Klopp has called on the media not to get carried away with England’s showing in their forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

England, led Gareth Southgate will face the world’s two highest-ranking nations at Wembley on Friday and next Tuesday respectively as they begin their build-up to next summer’s World Cup.

There is anticipation in those exhibition games both due to the calibre of opposition and the fresh and youthful nature of Southgate’s squad, after the head coach has dropped seven players from England’s previous call-up in addition to bringing in uncapped players.

However, Klopp has called for caution and even suggested that the Football Association may be mistaken in choosing two such strong opponents.

“If you want to play a friendly you should choose another team than Germany. And Brazil is the second one, that’s really funny,” said the Liverpool manager. “All the journalists need to cool down and don’t expect too much. It’s not that they [England] cannot win, of course, but you make it too big if they win, too big if they lose.”

“When qualification was over, people said now the problems start because the tournament is coming up. So England has a bunch of fantastic young players, that’s how it is. I’m not sure how Germany will line up but it’s a very good game for sure but I would not say it should be a sign for the future.”

Klopp also feels England’s prospects lies in their youth group who won the under-17s’ recent World Cup triumph following on the back of the under-19s winning the European Championship and the under-20s also being crowned world champions.

“The sign for the future was the Under-17 and the Under-20 World Cup successes,” Klopp said. “We have to make sure they are coming through.”

England: Gareth Southgate drops stars for international friendlies

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England coach Gareth Southgate has dropped a handful of stars ahead of international friendly games against Brazil and Germany.

Southgate dropped a total of seven players after he claimed that there were people in his squad who had not necessarily justified their inclusions and were in fact, lucky to be involved during their last international fixture.

“I don’t think anybody can sit back and safely think they’re going to be involved next summer,” he said. “In every position on the field there’s really strong competition. If I had to do it tomorrow [pick a squad] I’d know who I’d take, but over the next six months that could evolve drastically.”

Former U-21 coach Southgate also said that some players who were in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers “are not playing regularly with their club at the moment”. Forwards Alex Oxlade‑Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe, as well as the Manchester United defender Chris Smalling are amongst the prominent stars dropped by the manager.

“We want to play a certain way,” Southgate added. “We want to see the players we’ve brought in using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way. I have huge respect for Chris and he’s obviously at a big club. I think he can [play that way]. But we have players like John Stones, Eric Dier and Harry Maguire who are even better.”

In place of the dropped players Southgate has called up a trio of uncapped players in Joe Gomez, Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus‑Cheek, with the manager also insisting that this was the time to experiment and try to help shape the England squad.

“Now we’ve got a phase where, OK, let’s see what’s possible here: how can we evolve the team, how can we take it forward, how can we give some of the young players that we’ve seen over the summer coming through?” he explained.

“And whether I see the benefit of that, or whether other England managers down the line see the benefit of that, I think it’s the right thing to do for English football.”