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Brazil on form but history shows restraint may be wise

Brazil's 1-0 win over world champions Germany gave the South Americans a modicum of revenge for their 7-1 semi-final humiliation four years ago but the confidence boost comes with a caveat for the five-times World Cup winners.

Coach Tite was delighted with the way his players overcame the Germans in Berlin, particularly in the second half, when the under-strength home side fought hard for an equaliser.

The performance ended Germany's 22-game unbeaten run and bolstered Tite's record of just one loss in 19 games.

Both coach and players played up the psychological aspect of the win and insisted beating the Germans at home helped Brazil regain their rightful place in a world elite that many felt was questioned after the disastrous end to their home World Cup in 2014 and poor performances at consecutive Copas America.

Thiago Silva echoed that sentiment immediately after the game, insisting the most successful World Cup nation be taken more seriously.

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