Brazil’s 2-1 loss is 1st to England in 23 years
England’s victory over Brazil was one for the ages. Well, one
for the last quarter-century, at least.
Frank Lampard curled a shot in off the post in the 60th minute
Wednesday night to give England its first victory over Brazil since
1990. Wayne Rooney also scored in the 2-1 victory over the
five-time world champions.
”We’ve got to get to Brazil,” Lampard said, referring to next
year’s World Cup. ”But if we continue with that attitude and get a
bit more flow to our game, we should be all right.”
Fred had the only goal for Brazil, which had spent only two days
in London with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari before the exhibition at
Brazil blew a chance at an early lead when Joe Hart deflected
aan 18th-minute penalty kick by Ronaldinho, the former world player
of the year who returned to the national team for the first time
since October 2011. England midfielder Jack Wilshere had been
whistled for getting an arm on the ball as he tried to block a
cross from Oscar.
”I am not disappointed – I am not sad,” said Scolari, who
guided Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title and was brought back in
November to replace Mano Menezes.
”We aren’t in the best physical shape yet but we will work on
it,” said Scolari, also a former manager at Chelsea. ”I think it
was physical problems that we had.”
Wilshere, who was making his first start since June 2011 after a
series of injuries, made up for his penalty on England’s first
goal. He threaded a precise pass into the penalty area for his
teammate at Arsenal, Theo Walcott.
Though Walcott was denied by goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Rooney
seized on the loose ball and slotted it through three Brazilians
into the back of the net. It was Rooney’s fourth goal in his last
three games for England, and his first against Brazil.
Brazil evened the score in the 48th when Neymar intercepted a
ball, which broke forward for Fred to put past Hart.
In the 60th, Walcott’s cross was blocked by Dante. But the
Brazilians didn’t clear the danger, and Rooney was able to flick
the ball to Lampard, who curled it off the post and into the net.
It was Lampard’s 27th international goal.
”It’s my first crack at Brazil as a manager and I’m delighted
to have been able to oversee a victory,” England coach Roy Hodgson
said. ”It was an all-round performance from the team, there were
some very, very good moments.”