England silence the Samba Boys

Platform Sport’s Gulraj Kular was present at England win over Brazil at Wembley.

England beat Brazil for the first time in 23 years after an excellent Frank Lampard strike capped off a highly professional performance.

Wayne Rooney had given them the lead, before a Gary Cahill error led to Fred equalising for the Selecao just after half-time.

The game formed part of the FA’s 150th year celebrations, and clearly the ceremonial nature of the match got to some of the Brazilians.

The game marked the 100th caps of Ashley Cole and Ronaldinho, but while they have played the same number of games for their country there was a marked difference in performance levels.

Cole maintained his high standards while the much-anticipated arrival of Ronaldinho led to much disappointment, epitomised by his penalty miss early on in the game.

It was actually two players who have yet to hit their peak that stood out for either side, with Oscar prompting and probing for Brazil and Jack Wilshere driving England forward.

 

Lampard’s sensational strike sealed it for England

A typical Wilshere surge forward led to the opening goal, as he fed Theo Walcott whose shot was saved before falling to Rooney who converted the rebound with aplomb.

While Brazil were dominating possession, it was England who were having much the better of the chances.

Walcott was posing a real threat to Barcelona’s Adriano every time he ran at him, but his decision making let him down on a number of occasions.

England went in at the break in the ascendancy, but soon afterwards Gary Cahill’s mistake threw the half-time team talk out of the window.

Breaking forward in an attempt to initiate an attack, Cahill lost out to Oscar and the ball fell to former Lyon striker Fred, who made no mistake from the edge of the box.

Minutes later a poor Joe Hart clearance gave Fred another golden opportunity, but this time the striker could only clip the crossbar.

Brazil were made to pay for their profligacy by Lampard, who curled home a brilliant first-time from the edge of the box to give England a historic win.

 

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