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We've met before - England vs Brazil

ENGLAND v BRAZIL: WE’VE MET BEFORE

 

England have never defeated Brazil in four meetings at major finals but are at least unbeaten in their last two meetings with the Samba Boys. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard secured a 2-1 win in Brazil’s last visit to Wembley in 2013, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rooney were on target in a 2-2 draw at the Maracana four months later. Here, we take a look at five memorable matches between England and Brazil:

 

ENGLAND 4 BRAZIL 2 – 1956 Friendly match

The first-ever clash between the two nations and England’s biggest win against the Selecao. The 100,000 crowd inside Wembley Stadium was buzzing with excitement after Tommy Taylor and debutant Colin Grainger put the hosts 2-0 up inside the first five minutes. Two more quick-fire goals early in the second half, this time from Brazilian duo Paulinho and Didi, made the game all square. England passed up the chance to regain the lead when Zozimo conceded the first of his two penalties in the 62nd minute – both for handball. John Atyeo’s spot-kick was saved by Gilmar, but Walter Winterbottom’s team weren’t to be denied, with Taylor making it 3-2 with his second goal three minutes later. England missed another penalty on 71, with Roger Byrne shooting wide, before Grainger wrapped up the win and a memorable first outing in an England shirt by adding his second six minutes from time.

 

ENGLAND 0 BRAZIL 1 – 1970 World Cup, Group C, Game 2

A legendary World Cup encounter in every sense, featuring a Jairzinho winner, Bobby Moore's masterfully-timed tackle on Pele and Gordon Banks’ seemingly impossible save. With World Cup holders England, boasting the best defence at Mexico 1970, facing favourites Brazil, possessing the most dangerous attack, it was a game that more than lived up to its billing. Banks underlined his status as the world's best goalkeeper with what has been hailed as the greatest save of all time, scooping Pele's downward header out and up over the bar. The game was settled by Jairzinho, who scored in every round of the finals as Brazil eventually stormed to a third World Cup victory which earned them the Jules Rimet Trophy for keeps. Jeff Astle missed England's best chance, firing a low shot wide with only the keeper to beat. England progressed to the quarter-finals, where they lost to West Germany.

 

BRAZIL 0 ENGLAND 2 – 1984 Friendly match

The match that a young Watford winger by the name of John Barnes announced himself on the world stage. On the stroke of half-time, Barnes stunned the Maracana when he collected the ball wide on the left before skipping past no less than six outfield players and slotting home. The quality of Barnes’ first England goal overshadowed a notable milestone for Mark Hateley, with the then-Portsmouth forward also opening his international account in the 65th minute, just days before joining AC Milan.

 

ENGLAND 0 BRAZIL 1 – 1997 Tournoi de France

Romario’s 61st-minute strike settled this encounter in front of 50,000 fans at Paris’ Park des Prances, but the defeat did not prevent Glenn Hoddle’s side winning the nation’s first international trophy since 1966. Earlier victories against Italy and the hosts saw England finish top of the four-team group. The tournament, a warm-up event for the 1998 World Cup in France, is arguably best remembered for Roberto Carlos’ physics-defying 35-yard free-kick past pedestrian France keeper Fabien Barthez.

 

ENGLAND 1 BRAZIL 2 – 2002 World Cup Quarter-Final

England saw a semi-final berth slip from their grasp in bizarre fashion against the eventual winners in the Japanese city of Shizuoka. It was a tale of what might have been for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men after Michael Owen coolly fired them into a 23rd-minute lead. Rivaldo scored a fine leveller on the stroke of half-time before Ronaldinho caught out David Seaman with a speculative 50th-minute free-kick. That proved to be the winner, despite Ronaldinho being red-carded for a foul on Danny Mills eight minutes later. The game marked Teddy Sheringham’s 51st and final cap as a late substitute.

 

 

 

 

LAST 20 MEETINGS

 

30 May 1964

Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil 5 England 1

Friendly match (Nations’ Cup, Brazil Jubilee Tournament)

 

12 June 1969

Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil 2 England 1

Friendly match

7 June 1970

Estádio Jalisco, Guadalajara

England 0 Brazil 1

1970 FIFA World Cup

23 May 1976

Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

England 0 Brazil 1

Friendly match (US Bicentennial Tournament)

 

8 June 1977

Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil 0 England 0

Friendly match

19 April 1978

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Brazil 1

Friendly match

12 May 1981

Wembley Stadium, London

England 0 Brazil 1

Friendly match

10 June 1984

Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil 0 England 2

Friendly match

19 May 1987

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Brazil 1

Friendly match (Rous Cup)

28 March 1990

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Brazil 0

Friendly match

17 May 1992

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Brazil 1

Friendly match

13 June 1993

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington

England 1 Brazil 1

Friendly match (United States Cup)

11 June 1995

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Brazil 3

Friendly match

(Umbro International Trophy)

10 June 1997

Park Des Princes, Paris

England 0 Brazil 1

Friendly match (Tournoi de France)

27 May 2000

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Brazil 1

Friendly match

21 June 2002

Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka

England 1 Brazil 2

2002 FIFA World Cup

1 June 2007

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Brazil 1

Friendly match

14 November 2009

Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

England 0 Brazil 1

Friendly match

6 February 2013

Wembley Stadium, London

England 2 Brazil 1

Friendly match

2 June 2013

Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil 2 England 2

Friendly match

 

 

OVERALL RECORD England v Brazil

 

Type

Matches

England win

Draw

Brazil win

World Cup Finals

4

0

1

3

Friendly

21

4

9

8

Total

25

4

10

11

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