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Thursday, 27 June, 2002, 16:10 GMT 17:10 UK

Germany-Brazil head-to-head

Germany v Brazil | Final | Yokohama
Sun Jun 30 2002 | 1200 BST
BBC1 and Radio Five Live

Germany and Brazil may have won the World Cup seven times between them, but they have never come up against each other.

The key for Germany will be stopping Brazil's fearsome strikeforce of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

Brazil have scored 16 goals in six games so far - and the three Rs have contributed 13 of them.

If anyone can keep them out it is goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and his defence, who have conceded just one goal on the way to the final.

BBC Sport Online gives its verdict on the men who are likely to line up in Yokohama - and our player-by-player analysis indicates Brazil have the edge.


GERMANY

Without doubt the best goalkeeper in the tournament, having conceded just one goal in six games. A formidable barrier for Brazil's three Rs. 9

The young Borussia Dortmund left-back has had a good World Cup. A key member of Germany's defence. 8

Veteran Bayern Munich man has been very solid. He and Metzelder were singled out for praise by Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy after the 1-1 Group E draw. 8

Recovered well after being sent off against Cameroon. Solid defender who is comfortable on the ball and good going forward. 8

Yet another German defender who has done little wrong all tournament. Gets forward well down the right. 8

Tough tackler who brings stability in defence and astute passing when Germany attack. A key figure against South Korea. 8

The Bayern Munich midfielder should fill in for the suspended Michael Ballack. Solid in the tackle but Germany may miss Ballack's creative influence and nose for goal. 7

Scored a vital goal against Cameroon in the group stage and posed a constant threat during the semi-final win against South Korea. 8

Dangerous attacking midfielder. Provides good crosses from the right and protects Frings when he pushes forward. 8

A revelation for Germany with five headed goals in the group games. But has not scored since then and picked up a rib injury against South Korea. 7

Impressive partnership with Klose. Has a knack for arriving in the box at the right time, as he did to score the golden goal winner against Paraguay. 8

TOTAL: 87


BRAZIL

Has been singled out as one of his side's most consistent players so far, which is pretty good going for a Brazilian goalkeeper. 8

The Golden Ball nominee keeps opponents so busy going forward he rarely needs to defend. Let down by poor finishing against Turkey but is always a threat from free-kicks. 8

Bad mistake to let in Michael Owen for England's goal in the quarter-final but turned in a solid display against Turkey. 7

Lyon centre-back scored a spectacular overhead kick against Costa Rica and was impressive against England and Turkey. 8

Brazil's defence came in for criticism during the group stage but his improved displays have helped give the back three a more solid look. 7

Brazil's skipper has led by example. The side's best defender and a real handful for opponents with his raids down the right flank. 9

A steady figure in the middle of the park, just as former skipper Dunga used to be. Controlled the midfield against Turkey and kept Yildiray Basturk under control. 8

Brought in for Juninho against England to add stability in midfield and deservedly kept his place against Turkey. 8

Destroyed England by setting up Rivaldo's equaliser and scoring a free-kick winner. Unlucky to be sent off and his return from suspension will be a major boost. 9

Clinical finish to turn the quarter-final against England. Often shoots when he should pass but still a huge threat.9

Produced a moment of brilliance to win the semi-final and take his tally to six goals in six games. Rudi Voeller's men must shackle him or else. 9

TOTAL: 90

FINAL SCORE: Germany 87-90 Brazil


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