England’s Three Lions were denied what could have been a famous victory by host, Brazil in a high profile international friendly on Sunday June 2 3013 at the newly refurbished Maracana Stadium.
After battling to a 0-0 draw in the 45 minutes, both teams up the gear scoring four goals in the second half to give the fans something to cheer on the light after previously enduing a lacklustre performance from both sides on the night.
Fred got Brazil upfront in the 57th minute with a cool tap in after latching to the rebound for the thunder shot of teammate Hernanes which hit the crossbar.
However ten minutes later, the English team were back at par after Arsenal’s youngster Oxlade Chamberlain fired a low shot from 25 yards and goal keeper Julio Cesar had no answer to.
Wayne Rooney then put England ahead with 11 minutes left to play and it was looking like England will record their second ever victor over Brazil on home soil.
With the clock ticking down Brazil rallied to a late equalizer through a splendid volley from Paulinho who denied Roy Hodgson Men victory on the night.
The last time England defeated Brazil on their soil was in 1984, in 25 meetings England has won a paltry four times
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