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23 April 2024

Five England v Brazil classics


England face Brazil in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. Here AFP looks at five classic encounters between the teams.

Brazil 1 England 0 (1970 World Cup)

Alf Ramsey's England, then the defending champions, were beaten by Brazil's finest ever line-up in a group match in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Gordon Banks made a stunning save to keep out Pele's powerful header, but Jairzinho netted a powerful winner and Brazil went on to win the tournament.

Brazil 0 England 2 (1984 friendly)

John Barnes scored one of the greatest goals ever to grace the legendary Maracana stadium as the England winger weaved past half the Brazil team before slotting home a cool finish.

Bobby Robson's team went on to clinch their first win on Brazilian soil when Barnes turned provider for Mark Hateley to head the second goal.

England 1 Brazil 3 (1995 friendly)

Ronaldo announced his arrival on the international scene with his first Brazil goal as the visitors ended England's four-year unbeaten home record.

Graeme Le Saux's stunning volley had given Terry Venables' side a first-half lead, but Ronaldo inspired Brazil to their first win over England for 14 years.

England 1 Brazil 2 (2002 World Cup quarter-final)

Ronaldinho took centre-stage as Brazil eliminated Sven Goran Eriksson's team in Shizuoka, Japan.

Michael Owen had put England ahead but Rivaldo equalised after a fine solo run by Ronaldinho, who then embarrassed England goalkeeper David Seaman with a curling free-kick and Brazil moved on to secure their fifth World Cup triumph.

England 1 Brazil 1 (2007 friendly)

England's first match at Wembley, after a seven-year exile to rebuild the national stadium, finished in frustration as Brazil snatched a late equaliser.

David Beckham created England's second half opener, sending over a free-kick for captain John Terry to power in a header. But Diego Ribas rose to head home Gilberto Silva's cross in stoppage-time.