|England||1 - 2||Brazil|
|(HT: 1 - 1)|
Shizuoka Stadium EKOPA
Felipe Rizo Ramos (MEX)
|1||21 Jun 2002||Michael Owen||Goal||First Half||23||H|
|2||21 Jun 2002||Rivaldo||Goal||First Half||47||A|
|3||21 Jun 2002||Ronaldinho||Goal||Second Half||5||A|
|4||21 Jun 2002||Trevor Sinclair||Player Out||Second Half||11||H|
|5||21 Jun 2002||Kieron Dyer||Substitute In||Second Half||11||H|
|6||21 Jun 2002||Ronaldinho||Red Card||Second Half||12||A|
|7||21 Jun 2002||Ronaldo||Player Out||Second Half||25||A|
|8||21 Jun 2002||Edilson||Substitute In||Second Half||25||A|
|9||21 Jun 2002||Paul Scholes||Yellow Card||Second Half||30||H|
|10||21 Jun 2002||Michael Owen||Player Out||Second Half||34||H|
|11||21 Jun 2002||Darius Vassell||Substitute In||Second Half||34||H|
|12||21 Jun 2002||Ashley Cole||Player Out||Second Half||35||H|
|13||21 Jun 2002||Teddy Sheringham||Substitute In||Second Half||35||H|
|14||21 Jun 2002||Rio Ferdinand||Yellow Card||Second Half||41||H|
|Midfield talent Ronaldinho fired Brazil into the World Cup semi-finals, a stunning freekick clinching a come-from-behind 2-1 win over England. But the Paris Saint Germain starlet will have to sit out the semi-final showdown against either Senegal or Turkey in Saitama, Japan on Wednesday after getting himself controversially sent off just seven minutes after his goal. Brazil's fightback turned the match on its head after Michael Owen put England ahead in the 23rd minute with a cool right-footed finish past keeper Marcos after defender Lucio miscontrolled a lofted pass from Emile Heskey, who had seen his Liverpool colleague make the run. It was the Liverpool starlet's 18th goal for England and his second of the tournament. Thereafter, England's Brazilian jinx struck again with a vengeance as they failed to beat their South American rivals for the fourth time in four World Cup meetings.
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lamented his side's failure to make the extra man count in the final half hour.
"I think maybe we could have done better today. We couldn't keep the ball. They are better than us at keeping the ball - I think that was the difference. I had hoped to do better with 11 against 10.
"We were not strong enough to come back from that unfortunately," said the Swede.
Brazilian skipper Cafu was delighted to have a tough challenge out of the way.
"It was difficult - but we are through to the next phase.
"We had to work hard, but we are over a big obstacle," Cafu said.
The two nations were meeting in the finals for the first time since a memorable 1970 encounter which Brazil won 1-0. The Brazilians have gone on to lift the trophy on all three occasions they have faced England, the other meetings coming in 1958 and 1962. England failed to qualify for USA 94, when Brazil bagged their most recent triumph. The samba stars now look poised for a fifth success after overcoming what looked like their biggest remaining obstacle. England, chasing a second World Cup success after 1966, failed to build up on the lead gifted them and were shellshocked after Brazil, playing in their change strip of blue but with their style unmistakeable, hit them with goals either side of the break. Rivaldo struck a brilliant equaliser deep into first-half stoppage time and that marked a sea-change in the fortunes of both sides. The Barcelona superstar slotted his fifth goal of the finals seconds after a brilliant, mazy run by Ronaldinho. Rivaldo didn't even break his run as he swept a left-foot shot unerringly beyond David Seaman and into the England net. But if that goal seconds before the interval left the game poised on a knife edge it was nothing compared to what followed in the opening 13 minutes of the second period. Paul Scholes fouled Kleberson some 40 metres out on the Brazilian right and Ronaldinho promptly flighted the ball over Seaman and into the far corner of the net after spotting the England shotstopper had left his line. Eriksson withdrew Trevor Sinclair and sent on Kieron Dyer in an attempt to provide more of an attacking impetus. But before the Newcastle star could make an impression the Brazilian midfield were left a man short, Mexican referee Felipe Rizo Ramos showing Ronaldinho a harsh red card for a challenge on Danny Mills. Brazil made a surprise change as Ronaldo gave way to Cruzeiro's Edilson. England gambled with a final throw of the dice in withdrawing Owen for Darius Vassell with 12 minutes remaining and Teddy Sheringham for fullback Ashley Cole. But a Nicky Butt header over the bar was their best chance as the sands of time ran out on Eriksson's side, skipper David Beckham unable to conjure a last-gasp moment of inspiration. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari had sprung a surprise before kickoff in leaving out former Middlesbrough midfielder Juninho despite his inside knowledge of the English Premiership. But Atletico Paranaense's Kleberson filled in admirably.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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