Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany

Referee: 264

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  • Lukas Podolski 23'
  • Michael Ballack 45' PEN

2 - 3



  • Adriano 21'
  • Ronaldinho 43' PEN
  • Adriano 76'
  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: Brazil go through to Wednesday's final after an entertaining game. But Germany can be proud of their efforts; they have pushed Brazil all the way.

  • 91'

    Brazil have shown admirable determination during this match; they certainly look to be taking this tournament seriously and will be awaiting the outcome of tomorrow's semi-final with great interest.

  • 90'

    Again, Lucio hoofs the ball away after conceding a throw-in. He is very lucky not to have been booked this afternoon for persistently time-wasteing.

  • 89'

    Oooh! Baptista gets through on goal once again, but Lehmann is out like a flash to dive at his feet and collect the ball.

  • 88'

    Baptista almost sneaks between two defenders and gets through on goal, but Freidrich makes an excellent challenge to deny him.

  • 87'

    Ballack has been my personal man-of-the-match this afternoon; he has been everywhere and shown some excellent touches.

  • 86'

    Germany can be pleased with the way they've played today, and they will certainly be a threat at the World Cup next summer.

  • 85'

    SUB: Ernst off, Borowoski on; Baptista on for Brazil, Robinho off.

  • 84'

    Germany haven't really looked like getting the equaliser; they have got plenty players forward but can't create any decent chances.

  • 83'

    SUB: Deisler off, Hanke on. Deisler has played very well but been sacrificed for another striker as Germany press in the final stages.

  • 82'

    Oooh! Cecinho sprints clear down the right channel and crashes a shot high towards the goal, though Lehmann stays strong to palm the ball over the bar for a corner.

  • 81'

    Ooooh! Robinho shows good close control in the area, flicking the ball over Huth's head before prodding a shot straight at Lehmann.

  • 80'

    Renato clips the ball in to the middle, and the ball deflects off Huth's arm. The Brazilian looks to the linesman for a penalty, but he gets nothing.

  • 78'

    The crowd have gone a bit flat since Brazil's third goal; perhaps they sense equalising for a third time is asking a bit much of their side.

  • 77'

    SUB: Kaka off, Renato on. Kaka looked a little tired, and Brazil will be hoping that the more-defence minded Renato will help them close out this game.

  • 76'

    Germany certainly don't deserve to be losing at this stage; they have dominated the possession and chances in this second half, but find themselves chasing the game in the last fifteen minutes.

  • 75'

    GOAL! Adriano is left one-on-one with Huth. He cuts on to his left foot and places a low shot under the body of Lehmann.

  • 75'

    Oooh! Lucio attacks a set-piece at the near post, but his flicked head flies over the bar from six yards out.

  • 74'

    Germany are looking like the side most likely to grab a winning goal, though Brazil will always be dangerous on the break.

  • 73'

    A swift German break ends when a deep cross to the back post is volleyed horribly wide by Ballack, who had drifted in behind the Brazilian defence.

  • 72'

    Asamoah is adjudged to have fouled Roque Junior as they battled for the ball on the right wing. Another poor decision from the officials; it was 50-50.

  • 71'

    Adriano is caught off-side as he is too eager to get on the end of Kaka's through ball. The striker is then booked as he plants the ball in the back of the net long after the referee's whistle had blown.

  • 70'

    Twice in a minute Lucio hoofs the ball away after conceding a throw-in and a free-kick, but on neither occasion is the defender punished by the referee. The officials have had dreadful games, in truth.

  • 69'

    Another great corner from Deisler causes some concern in the Brazilian penalty area, but they do eventually clear the danger.

  • 68'

    Asamoah does very well to get to the by-line and clip a cross over to Ballack, who eventually wins a corner when he is crowded off the ball.

  • 67'

    Extra-time and penalties loom if neither side can break the deadlock inside 90 minutes.

  • 66'

    ...but he curls his shot wide and high. Dida had it covered and was never worried. Deisler should have done better with his shot.

  • 65'

    Emerson is booked for barging Ballack as the midfielder attempted to pass him 25 yards out. Free-kick in a dangerous spot. Deisler stands over the ball...

  • 64'

    Adriano almost robs Friedrich, but the referee deems that the striker pushed his German marker as he did so. Free-kick.

  • 63'

    Oooh! Ballack cuts in from the left and fires a low shot towards the far post, though Dida collects.

  • 62'

    SUB: Kuranyi off, Asamoah on. An attacking change from Klinsmann, bringing on the powerful, pacy Ghanaian-born Asamoah.

  • 61'

    Germany break at pace and with numbers. Kuranyi flicks the ball out to Ballack, who cuts inside on to his left foot, though his shot is headed clear by Lucio.

  • 61'

    Kaka swings the ball in, but for the umpteenth time, Ballack clears the danger with his head at the near post.

  • 60'

    Adriano wins a corner when he chases down a loose cross from Kaka and flicks the ball off his marker.

  • 59'

    Cicinho clips a ball in to Robinho, but the youngster's first-time volley flies high over the bar from a tight angle inside the box.

  • 58'

    There seems to be some movement on the sidelines as both coaches ponder a change as they press for a winning goal.

  • 57'

    Ernst scuffs a shot from the edge of the area, and Dida has no trouble gathering the ball to his chest.

  • 56'

    A superb ball from Ballack finds Kuranyi, but his first touch lets him down and Dida is out very quickly to collect the loose ball.

  • 55'

    Ronaldinho is beginning to show a trick or two as this half progresses, but Germany are still defending very well.

  • 55'

    Oooh! Gilberto flashes a shot wide of the post after a great piece of skill from Ronaldinho 30 yards out.

  • 53'

    The pace of the game has slowed in the second half. The coaches must have ordered their teams to tighten up; both sides seem a bit more reluctant to get players forward.

  • 51'

    ...but it's Adriano who strikes, and drags his shot well wide of the post. Poor effort from the Inter striker.

  • 51'

    Gilberto is fouled 30 yards out and Brazil have a free-kick in a central position. Ronaldinho looks determined as he stands over the ball...

  • 50'

    Adriano appears to have broken the off-side trap as the flag stays down when he sprints on to a through ball. But as he reaches the pass, the linesman flags and stops the play. Very, very late decision.

  • 49'

    Germany seem prepared to build patiently as they attempt to take the lead for the first time in this game.

  • 48'

    Oooh! A long ball from the back finds Robinho, who fires a first-time shot straight at Lehmann. Good effort; he was completely on his own in the German penalty area.

  • 47'

    Roque Junior fouls Deisler down in the corner. Free-kick, but Kuranyi can't quite direct his header goalwards.

  • 46'

    Cincinho's first contribution is to be booked for diving in on Podolski, who is left with a bruised leg.

  • 45'

    SUB: Maicon off, Cicinho on. I don't think there was an injury to the Brazilian right-back, so this must be a tactical move. Cicinho is a very attacking player and will give Brazil even more options down the right.

  • 47'

    HALF-TIME: A great 45 minutes of football from two teams committed to winning this tournament. Let's hope the second half is as entertaining.

  • 47'

    It was a poor decision to award the spot-kick; the challenges were inoculous at best and it did seem as though the referee simply wanted to even things up after a controversial earlier penalty decision.

  • 46'

    GOAL! Ballack blasts past Dida, who went the right way, to level things just before half-time.

  • 45'

    ...PENALTY! Ballack and Huth are bundled over by their respective markers and the referee inexplicably points to the spot.

  • 45'

    Deisler sends over a deep cross from the right wing...

  • 44'

    A great ball from Schneider sets Ernst free down the left, but his cross is completely missed by Ballack when in a great position.

  • 44'

    Klinsmann is more animated on the sidelines now, and is chewing furiously on some gum.

  • 43'

    The German crowd are doing their best to get behind their side; they don't seem too disheartened by the scoreline.

  • 42'

    It's going to be a great second half as Germany attempt to drag themselves back in to the game. Brazil will be looking to exploit any space at the back.

  • 41'

    GOAL! Ronaldinho looks very serious as he stands over the ball. A few short steps, and the ball is nestling in the bottom corner.

  • 40'

    PENALTY! Adriano surges in to the area and is pushed over by Huth as the striker tried to cut in from the by-line.

  • 39'

    Germany have been quite impressive in this first half; Deisler and Ballack have ran the game in midfield, and their defence has looked very solid.

  • 38'

    Robinho is starting to come in to the game a little more now. A nice run and turn wins a corner, though Ballack again clears with his head.

  • 36'

    Maicon overlaps Robinho as Brazil break at pace down the right wing, but the pass on to the full-back is too heavy and Lehmann can collect.

  • 36'

    A good off-the-ball run from Deisler enables him to find some space down the right wing, though his cross is cut out by Lucio at the near post.

  • 36'

    Friedrich wins a corner as his cross is put behind by Ze Roberto.

  • 34'

    Huth slides in on Robinho, who ends up on the turf holding his leg. No free-kick, and no sympathy from the referee, to the delight of the crowd.

  • 33'

    Another excellent move down the middle from Brazil ends when Kaka is crowded out. The world champions are beginning to click, which will be a worry for Germany.

  • 32'

    A great turn on the edge of the area sets Kaka free, but his right-foot shot is tame and Lehmann collects easily, despite a deflection off Huth's boot.

  • 30'

    It has been a very entertaining first half-hour, with both sides committing men forward and pressing hard when not on the ball.

  • 29'

    Kaka curls the corner in right-footed, but Germany clear the danger. They then swarm all over the Brazilian midfield and win possession back. Good determination from the hosts.

  • 28'

    The ball is lofted in to the area, but Ballack jumps high to head clear for a corner.

  • 27'

    Adriano out-paces Huth and wins a free-kick on the right-edge of the German area.

  • 26'

    Kuranyi is stopped by the linesman's flag, but again, its very late. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of communication between the officials.

  • 26'

    Ballack is all over the field at the moment; he's back defending to stop Kaka's dart down the right wing.

  • 25'

    Adriano bursts between a couple of defenders as he chases down a Ronaldinho through-ball, but the linesman halts him with a late flag.

  • 24'

    This tournament certainly has its critics, but both these sides are taking this game very seriously indeed; it's no friendly.

  • 23'

    Germany deserve to be level; they have been the better side in the opening stages and went behind to a fortuitous goal from Adriano. The crowd are right behind the home side now.

  • 22'

    GOAL! Deisler flights in a superb corner, and Pudolski plants a good header low past Dida. Great response from the Germans.

  • 21'

    Oooh! Dida is forced to tip an attempted cross out for a corner as it drifted over his head.

  • 20'

    GOAL! Adriano strikes a shot left-footed, it takes a deflecton off the edge of the wall and flies past a wrong-footed Lehmann and in to the back of the net.

  • 19'

    ...Ronaldino steps over the ball...

  • 18'

    Robinho goes on a jinking run but is brought down by Frings, 40 yards out. Adriano lines-up an ambitious-looking shot...

  • 17'

    Germany have made a really positive start, and the Brazilian defence looks shakey, to say the least. Roque Junior has already made a couple of stand-out mistakes.

  • 16'

    Friedrich finds some space on the right edge of the Brazil area. He cuts the ball back to Ballack, 20 yards out, but his shot is blocked by Lucio.

  • 15'

    Oooh! Schneider cracks a volley a foot or so over the bar after a nice move on the edge of the box. Great effort from the midfielder.

  • 15'

    Kaka drags a shot from distance well wide of Lehmann's far post. The goalkeeper didn't look too worried.

  • 14'

    It is a really warm day in Germany, and the players will need to slow the pace down if they are to go the distance.

  • 13'

    A nice German move is broken up when Maicon blasts clear as Deisler briefly lost control of the ball.

  • 13'

    The free-kick is finally sent in to the middle, but a Brazil head clears the danger.

  • 12'

    Junior is booked for clashing with Huth as the two centre-backs waited for the free-kick to be delivered in to the middle.

  • 12'

    Deisler is fouled by Roque Junior as he cut in from the right wing. Free kick, in a very dangerous position, just on the right edge of the area.

  • 11'

    Oooh! A free-kick is flighted in to the Brazil area, Ballack loses his man but his flicked header is straight at Dida.

  • 10'

    That was the closest we've come to a goal in the opening stages of this semi-final; a German defender missed his header and Lehmann would have had no chance had the ball been the other side of the post.

  • 9'

    Oooh! Ronaldinho stands over the ball, curls a very dangerous cross in to the area and the ball drifts inches wide of Lehmann's far post.

  • 8'

    Seb Deisler brings down Gilberto around 35 yards out.

  • 8'

    Lehmann is in net for Germany, after seemingly seeing off the challenge of Khan.

  • 6'

    The pitch is invaded by a ridiculous man waving a flag. He is roundly booed by the crowd as the play stopped. What an imbecile; I'd like to do bad things to people like him.

  • 5'

    Adriano wins a throw in deep in the German half. The Inter man seems to be playing on the left wing. He's massive; built like a lumberjack.

  • 5'

    Klinsmann looks very calm on the Germany bench. He is wearing a blue, short-sleeved shirt and looks a little bit like a geography teacher.

  • 4'

    Kaka attempts to break down the right wing but he runs the ball out of play under pressure from two German defenders.

  • 3'

    Germany have started the match well; they are pressing the Brazilians when the visitors have possession, and they look comfortable on the ball when they win it back.

  • 2'

    It's a very warm day in South Germany and the crowd are basking in the sunshine. There is something of a carnival atmosphere at the moment.

  • 1'

    Podolski is brought down 35 yards out after cutting in from the left wing. Ballack cracks a shot goalwards, but it dribbles past Dida's near post.


    Germany are playing in a very striking kit; red shirts, white shorts and red socks. Brazil, of course, are in their famous yellow shirts and blue shorts.


    Germany kick off in an excellent atmosphere in Frankenstadion.


    Brazil line up with Kaka, Robinho, Ronaldino and Adriano in a side with a very attacking feel.


    Germany take on Brazil in the first semi-final in the Confederations Cup, with Ballack a key presence for the hosts in midfield.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 5(3)

  • -

  • 5

  • 0%


  • Brazil

  • 5(2)

  • -

  • 6


POS No Name


1 Dida


2 Maicon
- Cicinho


3 Lúcio


4 Jose Vitor Roque Junior


6 Gilberto Melo


5 Emerson


10 Ronaldinho


7 Robinho
- Júlio Baptista


8 Kaká
- - Renato


9 Adriano


11 Jose da Silva Junior Ze Roberto

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Brazil
5(3) Shots (on goal) 5(2)
5 Fouls 6
4 Corner kicks 4
0 Offsides 3
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 2