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Brazil Vs England Soccer Games

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Brazil and England have played a number of games. Those have mostly been friendly international matches, but they have also met in the FIFA World Cup a few times. These are the World Cup games the teams have played out.

1958 World Cup

The first time England played Brazil in the World Cup was in 1958. In this World Cup they were drawn in the same group as Brazil. This was a Brazil team that had some great players, although England matched them and kept a clean sheet against the soon to be world champions. As England could not score the match ended 0 - 0.

That was an encouraging game for England. But subsequent draws with the Soviet Union and Austria left them in a first round playoff with the Russians. Then they were defeated, whilst Brazil went on to lift the trophy.

1962 World Cup

England's team in the 1962 World Cup scraped through the group stage on goal difference. Then they once again came up against a great Brazilian team in the quarter-finals. A mist from the Pacific ocean descended on the stadium during the match.

In the first half Garrincha headed Brazil in front from a corner-kick. Later in the half England equalized to make the score 1 - 1 at halftime. After the break Brazil restored their lead, and Garrincha made it 3 - 1 with a fantastic strike from outside of England's box to seal victory.

1970 World Cup

In the 1970 FIFA World Cup England were the champions. Their team had plenty of talent, but so too did a revitalized Brazilian side that included the majestic Pele. When they were drawn in the group stages it had to be a great match. For many this was a dress rehearsal for the World Cup final.

England's defense was solid as a rock, and the flamboyant Brazilians had some fantastic forwards. In the first half neither team could break the deadlock, but Brazil should really have scored. Pele's downward header was somehow saved by Banks to keep the score level.

Brazil at World Cup

In the second half Brazil went in front. Jairzinho scored the first, and only, goal of the game. England had their chances to equalize, but the scoreline finished Brazil 1 - England 0. Despite the defeat, both teams still made it through to the quarter-finals. As England crashed out against the Germans, the game was not repeated in the final.

2002 World Cup

In 2002, England marched into the quarter-finals after their 1 - 0 victory against Argentina in the group stages. Owen was in form, and so too was Beckham who netted the winning penalty against the South Americans. They came up against a Brazil team inspired by Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. It was a great forward combination that few teams could match.

During the match, Owen put England a goal up in the first half. But just before the break Rivaldo equalized for Brazil. Early in the second half Ronaldinho put the Brazilians ahead. When the referee sent Ronaldinho off, Brazil had to play much of the second half with 10 men. However, England could not make good their one player advantage; and the game finished 2 - 1 to Brazil. Once again Brazil went on to win the cup after beating England.

Those were the World Cup games, but there have been a few more in friendly internationals. Brazil were the first team to play at the New Wembley, and that game ended 1 - 1. England have seldom beaten the South Americans, but their 1984 victory in Rio was one of the games they won by two goals to nil.

Overall, England have won just three games against Brazil[1]. As of yet England have not won any World Cup matches against Brazil. Brazil have generally had the better players and teams, so they have won more of the games with England.



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  1. "England V Brazil Past Encounters." Daily Mail. 23/03/2015 <Web >

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