Almost four years on and Brazil, at last, have begun to erase the haunting spectre of their most gruesome day.
Before the match, Tite spoke openly of the scars that remain from the 7-1 World-Cup semi-final defeat in Belo Horizonte.
He described the scoreline as a ‘ghost’ that needs exorcising. The memories linger in Brazil of the home World Cup that went so drastically wrong, of the tears on the field and in the stands, of the Brazil flags burning and the tear gas as supporters and police clashed in Recife and Sao Paolo.
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus put Tite’s side in front in the 37th minute after heading home from close range
The 20-year-old, who missed a golden chance to put Brazil ahead moments earlier, celebrates his first half goal by praying
Kevin Trapp will be disappointed with his role in the goal as he failed to palm away Jesus’ close-range header as the ball
Jesus wheels off to celebrate with his compatriots after giving Brazil the advantage eight minutes before half-time
Fernandinho bundles into the net after trying to follow-up his City team-mates’ effort in the 37th minute
Germany (4-2-3-1): Trapp; Kimmich; Boateng (Sule 67); Rudiger; Plattenhardt; Gundogan (Werner 80); Kroos; Goretzka (Brandt 61); Draxler; Sane (Stindl 61); Gomez (Wagner 62)
Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson; Alves; Silva; Miranda; Marcelo; Fernandinho; Casemiro; Paulinho; Willian; Jesus; Coutinho (Costa 72)
Scorers: Jesus 37
In the Olympic Stadium, therefore, Brazil had the chance to take a baby-step towards redemption. This was an accomplished and confident performance and the embrace between Brazil’s players on the final whistle spoke of their pride.
In the absence of Neymar, there was no plan to attack with abandon. Tite’s side set up respectfully; as Paulinho, Fernandinho and Casemiro strengthened the midfield and a dogged front three of Willian, Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho counter-attacked.
Coutinho came closest to an early breakthrough, as his trickery deceived three Germans to burst into the penalty area. Soon after, Manchester City forward Jesus sprang the offside trap, working a clear sight of goal but blasting over the bar.
Yet he soon made amends, as Willian earned space on the right and curled a cross that Jesus headed with power towards the German goal. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp reacted but could only fall backwards and spill the ball into the goal.
Jerome Boateng lays on the floor in agony after picking up an injury at the start of the second half
The 29-year-old receives treatment from the Germany physios on the sidelines while play continues on the pitch
Joachim Low’s side’s 22-match unbeaten run came to an end against a dangerous and solid Brazil side
The Brazilians remained resolute during the second half as they held on to their narrow 1-0 advantage at the Olympic Stadium
Mario Gomez reacts in anger after missing a chance to put Germany ahead during the opening period on Tuesday
Roma goalkeeper Allison comes out quickly to close down Gomez with the scoreline at 0-0 in Germany
There was a show of huge respect by Germany in the build-up to this game.
Globoesporte reported that the hosts showed a video to promote the tie – numerous clips from games between the two nations in years gone by.
Ronaldo’s goal in 2002 was included, but Germany made the decision to omit 2014’s 7-1 World Cup thrashing out of respect to the hosts.
A nice touch from the current world champions…
For an indication of this game’s importance for Brazilian morale, coach Tite did not make a substitution until the 73rd minute of a friendly game.
Germany, it should be said, were not at full strength. Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, and Mesut Ozil were all absent and Mats Hummels started on the bench. Still, it was a German side that included Manchester City pair Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, as well as Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, so this is not a result to be sniffed at.
Gundogan had the best of the German chances in the first half as he miscued from a pull-back but Sane, on his big World Cup audition, fell rather flat.
In the second-half, Brazil’s authority grew further. Coutinho sidestepped his marker and fired powerfully over and Jesus glanced another header wide. Germany threatened another string in the tail but Alisson made a strong reflex save to deny Julian Draxler at the death.
Premier League counterparts Gabriel Jesus and Antonio Rudiger battle for the ball during the opening stages
Bayern Munich centre back Boateng fends off Barcelona midfielder Paulinho with Brazil on the attack
Joachim Low hugs Sami Khedira before kick-off at the Olympic Stadium, home to Hertha Berlin, on Tuesday night