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February 7, 2013
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Pedro Proença
• Attendance: 87453
W. Rooney 26'
F. Lampard 60'
I've been Tom J Doyle (@TomJDoyle), this match has been wonderful, and stick with Goal.com for all the match reaction as well as news from all the other internationals tonight. Thanks for joining us - goodbye for now.
While Theo Walcott shone and Rooney put in a controlled display of effort and skill, the plaudits must go to jack Wilshere for a sensational return to the England starting XI after so long it. It's early days, but with performances like that, Hodgson must feel his side can achieve anything with the Arsenal man in the middle.
England have beaten Brazil - just let that sit with you a moment and enjoy how it sounds. yes, goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard either side of a Fred equaliser have given Roy Hodgson's side a 2-1 win over 'Big Phil' Scolari's men, with Joe Hart also making an early penalty save from Ronaldinho.
90' + 3'
Moura and Fred link again, with the strikerback-heeling the ball into the box - but no team-mate is there to run onto it. Brazil pour forward but Hart bravely claims the ball in the air...and that's it! England beat Brazil!
90' + 1'
We're into injury time, and we'll have three minutes - and Rooney is still battling for the ball in the corner of the pitch. That;s brilliant to see.
It's Oscar from range again, and this time it has Hart scrambling down to his right, but the 20-yard effort whisltes wide.
Dani Alves tries to link with Fred but is muscled out as he gets into the box. Moura looks like a real prospect though - so quick and strong on the ball, and quick in his decision-making too.
Meanwhile Fred tries to take the ball down in the box on the spin but iot runs through to Hart. There may a few nervy moments ahead for the hosts...
It's England thiough that look the more likely to get the next goal, although Milner wastes a cross with support in the box...
Into the last five minutes here and England are on course for a famous victory over Brazil - but can they hold on to the one-goal lead?
Oh Fred, you've got to do better than that! Brazil break and Moura slips in the striker, but he only succeeds in slipping on the edge of the area and shanking the ball wide. That was a great opening for Scolari's men.
Milner is clever in possession here and wins a free kick off of Dani Alves. England's players haven't been overawed by the talent of Brazil's squad, and that will set them in good stead in future.
Neymar is still up for this but Wilshere is snapping at his heels at every chance. Don't bet against more goals here, as Brazil aren't ready to give up just yet - they're not in the habit of losing football matches.
The pace has died down a little but substitute Aaron Lennon is offering plenty of pace on the right after replacing Walcott. It's heartening to see Hodgson able to replace players in his starting line-up with genuine quality.
Slick movement by Brazil here in the centre but Oscar again shoots over from distance. It's not been his night in front of goal, but it would have to be special to beat Hart from that range.
Wilshere charges on to a James Milner pass down the left but Luiz is across well to cover. The Arsenal midfielder is looking close to match fitness again, and performances like this will surely lift hopes for Brazil in 2014.
This is what Leighton Baines gives you. The Everton left-back puts in a wonderful low cross that evades everybody, with Cesar only able to hang out a leg as the ball zips past both him and Walcott.
Neymar tries a gravity-defying bicycle kick from 20 yards that flies over the bar. Joe Hart will not want to be beaten by another long-range stunner, that's for sure...
It's party time at Wembley as a Mexican wave sweeps around the stands. Neymar hits a low effort at goal but it's easy for hart to deal with.
With Chelsea's recent woes it seems ridiculous to let a player of Lampard's talents go at the end of the season - he just can't stop scoring, and that snap half-volley simply proves what a fine player hbe still is.
Walcott is giving Adriano an absolutely torrid time down the flank, and skins him for a third time in as many minutes. It was Walcott's initial run that led to Lampard's goal, and the Arsenal man is clearly enjoying himself.
Assist Wayne Rooney
Goal Frank Lampard
LAMPARD SCORES!!! The second-half substitute volleys in a gorgeous 20-yard strike off of the post after being fed by Rooney after Arouca inexplicably handed possession to the United forward in his own area. 2-1 to England.
Ooh, so close to a second for England here! Walcott bursts past Adriano andputs in a low teasing cross which Cesar has to tip into the danger area, but there's nobody on hand to tap in an easy finish. Gerrard lines up an effort from outside the area but it's poor by his standards and the ball flies wide.
Oscar looks for Neymar's run but Johnson is quick to react, while Hart rushes out to prevent a chance on goal.
Cahill almost makes amends from a corner as he beats Chelsea team-mate Luiz in the air, but Cesar reacts quickly to tip the ball over his head for a corner. Good chance there.
It's a shame for Cahill as he'd put in a fine performance up until that moment of madness, but you simply can't make mistakes like that against players of Brazil's quality. That's international football for you.
Well, whatever Scolari said at half-time did the trick, as Brazil should have been ahead within five minutes of the restart. Can England settle again?
Fred hits the bar! What an introduction he's had, as Oscar feeds the striker who curls a lovely effort at goal from 20 yards. Hart stands and watches but the ball flicks off the woodwork and it's out for a goal kick.
BRAZIL ARE LEVEL!!! It's a massive mistake from Cahill who tries to dribble out of defence and only succeeds in punting the ball at Moura's legs. The ball falls kindly for Fred, who shapes a chance and unleashes a brutal shot into the left of Hart's net from 20 yards.
Chance for England! Gerrard hits a dipping 20-yard effort from the right which Cesar can only parry down into the ground, but Wilshere can't finish the rebound. That's a let-off for the keeper, who has been excellent up until then.
We're off again, and there's changes for both sides at half-time - there's no more Ronaldinho, but we'll see talented PSG younsgter Lucas Moura. Leighton Baines gets a reward for fine form this season with a chance at left-back for England.
So, Roy Hodgson's side go into the break a goal to the good coutresy of a clever finish from Wayne Rooney after Arsenal younsgters Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott linked superbly. Joe Hart came to the Three Lions' rescue early on to deny Ronaldinho from the penalty spot, and if the second 45 minutes are anything like that, we've plenty more fun in store.
Only one minute of injury time...and that's it! England lead at half-time, and we've been well and truly enterained so far.
Walcott is away in the area again and hits an effort at goal from the right, but Cesar stops it smartly with a fist and the danger is gone. While QPR fans may disagree, it's a crying shame that a keeper of his talents isn't playing for a Champions league side at the moment - he's been superb inrecent weeks, and again tonight.
Rooney cracks a sweet effort wide of Cesar's right-hand post from 25 yards after fine dribbling from Wilshere. Despite giving away the penalty, I really cannot praise Wilshere's performance highly enough - he looks like he was born to play on this stage.
Close for Brazil! Oscar again gets the better of Cole and gets in a low cross. Fabiano flicks the ball up and volleys over his own head, and Johnson does well to get a head to the ball with Hart beaten and Neymar lurking at the back post - although on this form, that's the last place the Santos forward should be...
What a miss from Neymar! Oscar gets the better of Cole on the right and puts in a delicious low cross. Smalling gets a slight touch on the ball but the Santos forward slides in from two yards out at the back post and somehow scoops it over the bar. Massive let-off for England there, but how on earth did that not end up in the net?
It's not really working for Brazil at the moment. They're showing plenty of nice touches and intelligent runs but Fabiano and Neymar haven't been able to really test Hart from open play yet.
Gerrard plays in Johnson cleverly but the Liverpool full-back can't work a chance to shoot or cross, while Wilshere gives away possession and England concede a free kick. There's a lot more zip about the home side tonight though, and it's largley down to the presence of the young Arsenal midfielder.
That goal seems to have angered Brazil, who are seeing a little more of the ball in an attempt to exert some pressure on the England back line - but Hodgson's men are holding their shape well.
Rooney's almost in again! Walcott bamboozles the visitors once more and almost finds the United man with a cute ball, but the ball is cleared. The Arsenal forward is struggling though after colliding with Cesar for the goal,and may have to come off.
Goal Wayne Rooney
ROONEY SCORES!!! England are ahead, and it's a fine finish from the Manchester United striker. Wilshere fed his Arsenal team-mate Walcott with a wonderful ball through the Brazil defence, but Cesar saved well. The ball fell to Rooney, who calmly finished from the edge of the area. What a game we have here!
England's full-backs are in the mood tonight! First Ashley Cole lets fly from 25 yards and then Glen Johnson hits a volley close to goal from the same distance...
Looking back at the replays of the penalty, Cleverley may have been a tad fortunate not to give away another with his challenge on Neymar. Although the forward mis-kicked from three yards out, the United midfielder got none of the ball and scythed him down from behind.
Close for Welbeck! Wilshere slips in Welbeck on the left of the box, but rather than shoot low with his left foot, he attempts to toe-poke it with his right and balloons the ball over. A waste from the Manchester United man there.
Despite missing the penalty Ronaldinho is still in a good mood as he scoops the ball over Rooney in the centre of the pitch. That's one No.10 showing another No.10 how it's done!
Penalty save Joe Hart
Missed Penalty Ronaldinho
HART SAVES!!! Ronaldinho steps up and the Man City keeper makes a great save low to his left. The ball spins up and he reacts brilliantly to deny the former Ballon d'Or winner a simple tap-in, while Neymar is blocked with the next follow-up with a wonderful sliding tackle by Cleverley.
PENALTY TO BRAZIL!!! Luis Fabiano breaks the offside trap but like Neymar before him he can't get the ball into a goalscoring position. Ronaldinho picks up the ball on the wing and the cross hits Wilshere's hand. Harsh, but a big chance...
Adriano could surge forward here on the breaks - but Wilshere is right in with a supeerb challenge in the wing. That's what the Arsenal man gives you as well as slick passing - great passion and controlled aggression.
Neymar has the ball again on the left of the penalty box here and looks to shape it onto his right foot and find the opposite corner of the net, but Cahill blocks well. This is a battle that will run and run.
Chance for Brazil here - and Oscar wastes it by blazing over. The visitors broke menacingly and the Chelsea midfielder had other options, but leant back while shooting from 25 yards and hit it well over Hart's bar.
Unbelievable save from Julio Cesar! Rooney meets the corner and heads it into the floor, but the QPR keeper somehow gets his left hand to the ball and scoops it over the bar. The referee blows for a free kick in the end, but take nothing away from him - that was an incredible stop.
Now Steven Gerrard tries to find Theo Walcott in behind with a clever cross from the left, and Adriano has to concede a corner to prevent further danger.
Neymar is almost through as he spins Cahill and Chris Smalling but he can't quite get control of the long bouncing pass, and the Chelsea man recovers well as the ball runs back to hart.
Cahill makes a fine challenge inside the area to deny a srinting Neymar from getting into a dangerous position. The Santos forward showed great pace and skill there, but the Chelsea defender was equally impressive in the tackle.
Tom Cleverley whips in a lovely cross from the right which Luiz does well to head away with Wayne Rooney ready to finish from eight yards. It's been a confident start from the hosts so far.
Brazil get us underway at Wembley - and the tricks are out already! But it's Joe Hart funnily enough, who pulls off a delightful Cruyff turn to get himself out of danger in his own box.
Before that though, we will have a minutes' silence on the 55th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, which cruelly claimed the lives of some of the Manchester United's - and the nation's - most talented youngsters.
We've had the national anthems, and we're almost ready for the main event. Let's hope the game lives up to its billing!
STAT ATTACK (via @OptaJoe): 8 - England's run of eight games without a win against Brazil is their longest current run without a victory against any side. Struggle.
The teams are out now and David Luiz looks pleased as punch to be captain for A Selecao. Ronaldinho is being presented with an honorary shirt to celebrate his 100th cap as well, and gets a great reaction from the crowd.
Brazil subs: Diego Alves, Filipe Luis, Leandro Castan, Miranda, Arouca, Jean, Lucas Moura, Fred, Hulk.
Just before we get going, here are the subs...England: Walker, Butland, Baines, Jagielka, Lescott, Milner, Lampard, Osman, Lennon, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
If the Three Lions are to get a result tonight, they'll have to stop the likes of Ronaldinho, Neymar and Luis Fabiano - no small order that. It's also worth looking out for Paulinho, who could be making a move to a top European club this summer.
So the big news is that Ashley Cole wins his 100th international cap for Enfgland tonight, while Chris Smalling has a big test at centre-back tonight. Jack Wilshere makes his first start under Roy Hodgson's reign, while Danny Welbeck has also been handed a start out wide.
Brazil starting XI: J Cesar, D Alves, Dante, D Luiz, Adriano; Paulinho, Ramires, Ronaldinho, Neymar; Fabiano.
England starting XI: Hart; Johnson, Smalling, Cahill, A Cole; Cleverley, Gerrard, Wilshere; Walcott, Rooney, Welbeck.
Good evening everyone, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of England - Brazil. I'm Tom J Doyle (@TomJDoyle), and we're not that far away from kick-off on what should be a special night at Wembley. We've got the team news up ahead...
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