As soon as another pair of teams for the World Cup quarter-finals outlined, we mean England and Brazil, football experts said at once that it would be nice for the rivals to meet at the final match. But the forecasts failed. A new world champion was to become clear after a game of the two teams.
Brazilian and English teams played three times with each other in final matches of world championships: in 1958 in Sweden they drew; in 1962 in Chile Brazil won with the score 3:1 and England was beaten once again with the score 1:0 at the 1970 world cup in Mexico. Thus, English team never succeeded to beat Brazil squad at final matches of the world cups.
British forward Michael Owen scored the first goal at the 23rd minute of the match, no chances for Brazilian goalkeeper were left when he met face to face with Owen. The second added minute of the first period brought a response goal scored by Brazilian forward Rivaldo. The teams left for the break with a 1:1 tie.
The second period began rather successfully for Brazilians: Ronaldino wonderfully performed a penalty kick and the score became 2:1. However, at the 57th minute of the match the senior referee Felipe Ramos Rizo, Mexico, sent Ronaldino off the field. The gesture inspired the British squad, but the score remained unchanged till the end of the match. Brazilians have defeated English team for the third time.
The match was played at the Shizuoka stadium (Japan) where 50,600 people gathered to watch the game.
Sergey Yugov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Maria Gousseva
In the photo: leader of England team David Beckham. Unfortunately, we won't see him at the Cup any more
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