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England: Victorious

England: Victorious

England won their first match against Brazil since 1990 running out 2-1 victors in Wednesday night's friendly at Wembley Stadium.

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It was a grandiose occasion as Ashley Cole pulled on the England shirt for the 100th time and Steven Gerrard was awarded a ceremonious cap for reaching the same feat in November last year.

At the other end, Brazil legend Ronaldinho was handed his first Canarinho start in almost a year, to add to the fearsome Selecao attacking line-up.

And Ronaldinho didn't wait long to get involved. The Atletico Miniero forward had the early chance to score from the penalty spot, but was twice denied by England goalkeeper Joe Hart, as the 32-year old legend failed to turn the deflected save home.

It wasn't long before Theo Walcott dribbled into the box and fired a shot on goal. QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar did well to save at first, but Wayne Rooney was at home to sweep home the deflection.

After the break, Brazil made wholesale changes, bringing on PSG's Lucas, Santos' Arouca and Fluminese's Fred.

The latter made an instant impact when he scored the equalising goal in the 48th minute, with fellow substitute Lucas setting him up with the assist.

The Three Lions made some changes of their own and it was Tom Cleverly's replacement Frank Lampard, who was in the right place at the right time to smash in a Rooney lay-off after another deflected save.

England's next challenge will be a 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino at the end of March, while Brazil - already qualified for the footballing showpiece as hosts - will have a friendly against Italy around the same time.

Posted: 06/02/13 22:03

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