Gareth’s bat­tlers hold Samba kings

Daily Star - - Sports - By DAVID WOODS

GARETH SOUTH­GATE’S newlook Eng­land side had to show all their fight­ing qual­i­ties at Wem­b­ley last night.

They spent vir­tu­ally the whole of the 90 min­utes on the back-foot against an im­pres­sive Brazil side.

But Eng­land showed de­ter­mi­na­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion to hang on for their sec­ond goal­less draw in the space of five days.

Ney­mar was not sur­pris­ingly the pick of the bunch for the Samba stars, open­ing up the home de­fence af­ter 20 min­utes with a stun­ning curled pass, but Gabriel Je­sus’ first touch let him down and he was forced wide by Joe Hart.

The PSG man did the same at the start of the sec­ond half to set up Dani Alves but Hart blocked his ef­fort.

Alves then squared up to Jake Liver­more af­ter the West Brom mid­fielder caught him late.

THUMBS-UP: Boss Gareth South­gate FIGHT NIGHT: Brazil’s Dani Alves and Eng­land mid­fielder Jake Liver­more square up

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