Defiant England stand firm but visitors
Talking points Rashford shines and the Seleção show solidity
0 0 will not be among the top seeds when the draw takes place on 1 December.
The pass Neymar nonchalantly curled into Gabriel Jesus midway through the first half was just one example. Neymar does not often use his left foot but, on this evidence, maybe he should more often. This was clipped with the outside of his boot to apply just the right amount of bend and spin. Jesus was marginally offside but that was the kind of moment that simply does not happen when England are chugging through humdrum victories against easy fodder in qualifying matches.
Neymar’s next attempt to release Jesus was another beauty. His shooting could be wild at times and the half-time announcer even had the temerity to poke fun at one of the misses, with the shot replayed on the large screens. Just a bit of fun, perhaps, but the truth was Neymar was operating at a much higher level than any of his opponents, as demonstrated by his exquisitely delivered nutmeg on the unfortunate Jake Livermore. It is not often Wembley has the chance to see one of the world’s categoryA footballers in action and the fans here should have enjoyed watching a player with these kind of uncommon gifts. Neymar is a treat, and should be cherished for what he does.
England never moved the ball so quickly or with the same kind of fluidity and were guilty sometimes of rushing passes. Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a fine game against Germany but his second cap ended in the 35th minute because of an injury. Jesse Lingard took his place but
Strike a pose Marcus Rashford is surrounded by Brazil players as he tries to make some space in a cagey affair which ended goalless