ENG­LAND 2 BRAZIL 1

6 FE­BRU­ARY 2013, FRIENDLY WEM­B­LEY

The Observer - Sport - - SPORT FOOTBALL -

A rare Eng­land vic­tory over Brazil – only the fourth in 24 con­tests and the first since 1990, when Gary Lineker’s header earned a 1-0 win at Wem­b­ley. Jack Wil­shere stars in Roy Hodg­son’s mid­field, Theo Wal­cott ex­cels in flashes and Wayne Rooney scores his 33rd in­ter­na­tional goal be­fore Frank Lam­pard pro­duces a fine volleyed win­ner. Wil­shere also con­cedes a penalty for block­ing a Ronald­inho cross with his hand but Eng­land are in­debted to Joe Hart, who saves the Brazil­ian’s spot-kick and fol­low-up. Hart can­not, how­ever, pre­vent Fred from lash­ing in a left-foot drive with Gary Cahill caught out of po­si­tion and Chris Smalling, on de­but as Rio Fer­di­nand looks on from the stands, fails to close him down.

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