Press Esc to close
Wednesday 24 May 2017
News updated at 2:06 AM IST

England get better of Brazil

London, Reuters, Feb 7, 2013 22:40 IST

Three Lions end 23-year wait; Spain, Germany win

SAVIOUR: England's Frank Lampard (left) celebrates with team-mate Danny Welbeck after scoring the winner against Brazil during their international friendly match between at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. AFP
Luiz Felipe Scolari got an indication of the work ahead of him to turn Brazil into World Cup winners when his second stint in charge began with a 2-1 defeat by England at Wembley on Wednesday.

Brazil were sunk by Frank Lampard’s winner on the hour which gave England a first victory over the South Americans since 1990.

In other high-profile international friendlies, World and European champions Spain beat Uruguay 3-1 with Pedro scoring twice in defensive kingpin Carles Puyol’s 100th international appearance.
Germany earned a first victory over France in 26 years with a 2-1 win in Paris, a stoppage-time goal from substitute Marco Verratti rescued a 1-1 draw for Italy against Netherlands and Argentina continued their impressive form under coach Alejandro Sabella with a 3-2 win over Sweden in Stockholm. Shaggy-haired Spain defender Puyol was joined in reaching the 100-cap milestone by England defender Ashley Cole and Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.

Brazil hope to satisfy their expectant fans hungry for a first world title since 2002 when they host the World Cup in 2014 but only showed glimpses of their potential on a chilly night in London.
The recalled Ronaldinho had a penalty saved by Joe Hart before Wayne Rooney fired England ahead on 27 minutes. Fred’s fine finish soon after halftime levelled matters before Lampard curled a fine winner beyond Julio Cesar.

In a record-equalling 68th match as coach for Vicente del Bosque, Spain proved too strong for South American champions Uruguay in an occasionally tetchy friendly in Qatar.
Forward Pedro continued his hot streak, scoring twice at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha to take his tally to nine in Spain’s last six games. Cesc Fabregas struck first for Spain, his swerving shot helped into the net by ’keeper Fernando Muslera, before Cristian Rodriguez side-footed past Victor Valdes to equalise.

Pedro fired a low angled shot past Muslera to make it 2-1 on 51 minutes and sealed the game by finishing a Fabregas cross 16 minutes from time. Germany fell behind just before halftime to Mathieu Valbuena’s close-range header but battled back after the break to equalise through Thomas Mueller before Sami Khedira wrapped it up from Mesut Ozil's pass with 17 minutes left.
Argentina’s clash with Sweden pitted two world-class strikers in Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Neither scored but it was Messi who had the greater impact as Argentina outplayed the hosts with Ibrahimovic well-shackled by central defenders Ezequeil Garay and Federico Fernandez.
A Mikael Lustig own goal gave the South Americans an early lead, and although Jonas Olsson levelled, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain put Argentina in control at the break. Rasmus Elm pulled a goal back in the final minute. In Amsterdam, Verratti’s last-gasp goal saved Italy from defeat after the Dutch had led through a first-half Jeremain Lens goal.

Ecuador showed their rise up to a best-ever 12th in the world rankings was well merited by stunning Portugal 3-2 in Lisbon thanks to a 70th-minute winner from Felipe Caicedo.

International friendly results: Azerbaijan: 1 bt Liechtenstein: 0; Croatia: 4 bt South Korea: 0; Moldova: 1 lt to Kazakhstan: 3; Cyprus: 1 lt to Serbia: 3; Hungary: 1 drew with Belarus: 1; Ukraine: 2 bt Norway: 0; Slovenia: 0 lt to Bosnia: 3; Chile: 2 bt Egypt: 1; Spain: 3 bt Uruguay: 1; Albania: 1 lt to Georgia: 2; Israel: 2 bt Finland: 1; Turkey: 0 lt to Czech Republic: 2; Malta: 0 drew with Northern Ireland: 0; Macedonia: 3 bt Denmark: 0; Iceland: 0 lt to Russia: 2; England: 2 bt Brazil: 1; Sweden: 2 lt to Argentina: 3; Greece: 0 drew with Switzerland: 0; Netherlands: 1 drew with Italy: 1; Belgium: 2 bt Slovakia: 1; Wales: 2 bt Austria: 1; Romania: 3 bt Australia: 2; Ireland: 2 bt Poland: 0; Scotland: 1 bt Estonia: 0; France: 1 lt to Germany: 2; Portugal: 2 lt to Ecuador: 3.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Helpers attend to injured people inside the Manchester Arena...

Helpers attend to injured people inside the Manchester Arena...

South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzer fires during the annual exercise in Paju

South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzer fires during the annual exercise in Paju

President Donald Trump pauses as he makes a statement...

President Donald Trump pauses as he makes a statement...

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an interaction with...

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an interaction with...

A shopkeeper looks for valuables and documents in the debris...

A shopkeeper looks for valuables and documents in the debris...

HP State Electricity Board Employees Union members shout slogans...

HP State Electricity Board Employees Union members shout slogans...

Congress and CPM leaders, activists raise slogans against the West Bengal...

Congress and CPM leaders, activists raise slogans against the West Bengal...

Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar with Center for Peace...

Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar with Center for Peace...

In this NASA provided frame from video, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer...

In this NASA provided frame from video, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer...

Actor Brad Pitt gives his autographs for fans...

Actor Brad Pitt gives his autographs for fans...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.