Friday, June 21st
England vs Brazil in Shizuoka (1:2)
Prince Andrew stood proud as the hymn to His Mother rang out loud
around the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.
England, in white, kicked off from left to right and earned an early
corner.... that Marcos punched away.
After five minutes, Brazil - in blue - found a little passing rhythm;
deep in the English half.... Danny Mills breaking it up with a sound tackle on Roberto
Both teams started a little wary of each other; Brazil especially,
didn't seem prepared to take any risks.
In the 14th minute, Roberto Carlos tried to canon in a free-kick.....
that ricocheted for a corner.
Rivaldo and Ronaldo combined well in the 19th minute to test David
Seaman's alertness. Even though Seaman seemed a little unsighted on the final shot, he
managed to collect cleanly and keep the game even.
Just when both sides seemed to be showing too much respect for one another, Danny Mills
passed through the middle to Emile Heskey who chipped a long ball forward to his Liverpool
strike partner. A mistake by Lucio gave Michael Owen the opportunity to drag the ball
into the area and sidefoot over the sprawling Marcos. Advantage England - 23 mins.
On the half-hour, Emile Heskey headed onto the roof of Marcus'
goal.... England were prepared to go for a second if the chance was there.
When Emile Heskey managed to get around Roque Junior in the 39th
minute, the world could see just how suspect the Brazilian defence really was.
A minute later, Roque Junior clattered the Liverpool forward and
caused the heavyweight some pain.
Brazil tried to push up more towards the end of the half.... but all
their long-distance shots were blocked.
David Seaman made a brave attempt to catch the ball, above the heads
of Rivaldo and Sol Campbell, and came out of it a little hurt. Even the referee took the
opportunity to take on a drink of water.
Into time added on...... and Ronaldinho breezed past Ashley Cole, in the middle, to slip
the ball out right to Rivaldo. The Brazilian number ten shot low between Sol Campbell
coming over to cover and to the right of the outstretched David Seaman.
Half-time: England 1 - Brazil 1
Five minutes after the restart and Ronaldinho scored from a free-kick, far out by the
right touchline. The ball spent so much time in the air that David Seaman should never
have been caught out from such a distance.
As England needed to show more creativity in attack, Svengali brought on Kieron Dyer for
Trevor Sinclair in the 56th minute.
Seven minutes after putting Brazil in front, Ronaldinho can't believe it as he is given a
red card for stamping on Danny Mills' right ankle.
The Brazil camp decided to replace the ineffective Ronaldo for Edilson, with 20 minutes to
With fifteen minutes to go, England needed to take more risks
but it was still Brazil who were playing the ball around - even with ten men.
Sven-G�ran Eriksson had stayed cool for long enough and made a crucial substitution in
the 79th minute..... Darius Vassell on for Michael Owen and Teddy Sheringham for Ashley
Paul Scholes dived on the edge of the area with six minutes left.
Felipe Ramos Rizo waved play on and Rivaldo took the advantage to put England under
A last minute corner... a last chance for England. Beckham took it too
quickly and Nicky Butt, under pressure from Rivaldo, failed to get a clear header.
No excuses...... Brazil were better and are on the way to their Penta
- fifth World Cup victory.
England 1 -
Man of the Match:
Ronaldinho - Red carded but created Brazil's first goal and scored an excellent winner.
Ronaldinho (57 mins)
Paul Scholes (75 mins)
Rio Ferdinand (86 mins)
1 David Seaman; 6 Sol Campbell, 3 Ashley Cole (17 Teddy Sheringham - 79 mins), 5 Rio
Ferdinand, 2 Danny Mills; 7 David Beckham, 21 Nicky Butt, 8 Paul Scholes, 4 Trevor
Sinclair (23 Kieron Dyer - 56 mins); 11 Emile Heskey, 10 Michael Owen (20 Darius Vassell -
1 Marcos; 2 Cafu, 5 Edm�lson, 3 L�cio, 6 Roberto Carlos, 4 Roque Junior; 8 Gilberto
Silva, 15 Kl�berson, 10 Rivaldo, 11 Ronaldinho; 9 Ronaldo (20 Edilson - 70 mins).
Referee: Felipe Ramos Rizo
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