England 2 Brazil 1 – Frank Lampard fires winner for Three Lions
Just as England supporters were starting to be realistic about their team’s chances of winning the 2014 World Cup, the Three Lions produced an excellent performance against a team who are favourites to win next year’s tournament.
February 6th, 2013
While Wednesday’s game was only a friendly, the signs are positive that Roy Hodgson’s team will feature at the business end of the tournament and they were full value for a 2-1 win against a Brazil team that including the prodigious talent that is Neymar.
The visitors had an early chance to go ahead although Ronaldinho’s penalty was saved by Joe Hart before Wayne Rooney fired home the opening goal of the game.
England largely dominated the first half which saw Ashley Cole earn his 100th cap for the Three Lions, although the Chelsea defender was among those who were withdrawn at the interval and Brazil were soon level.
Fred scored a few minutes after the break and the home team’s defence appeared to be wavering, although Jack Wilshere’s technical ability outshone his Brazilian counterparts and Frank Lampard produced a deadly finish to score the winning goal.
The midfielder described beating Brazil as “a lovely feeling” but warned against getting carried away by England’s victory as Hodgson’s team now set about trying to qualify for the World Cup.