• Date: Sat 14 November 2009
  • Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar
  • Ref: Abdou, A
  • Attendance: 50,000


Nilmar (47)

1 - 0

Brazil vs England

Team Lineups


Soares Julio Cesar
Douglas Sisenando Maicon
Ferreira Lucio
Thiago Silva
Michel Bastos
Aparecido Gilberto Silva
de Carvalho Felipe Melo
Blumer Elano (Daniel Alves, 65)
Honorato Nilmar (Marques Carlos Eduardo, 81)
Ricardo Kaka (Cesar Julio Baptista, 81)
Clemente Luis Fabiano (Givanildo Vieira Hulk, 67)


Ben Foster
Wes Brown
Wayne Bridge
Gareth Barry (Tom Huddlestone, 82)
Matthew Upson
Joleon Lescott
Shaun Wright-Phillips (Peter Crouch, 82)
Jermaine Jenas
Darren Bent (Jermain Defoe, 55)
Wayne Rooney
James Milner (Ashley Young, 87)

Match Report
A headed goal from Nilmar early in the second half was enough for Brazil to secure a 1-0 win over England in the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar. The South Americans also missed a penalty as they deservedly ran out winners in the heat of Doha. The England side was decimated by a number of high-profile injury absentees, including Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole, while skipper John Terry was ruled out shortly before kick-off due to an ankle injury. That left Matthew Upson to partner Joleon Lescott in central defence, while Manchester United's Wayne Rooney took the armband to lead his country out for the first time and Darren Bent was handed a rare start in attack. A bright opening to the game saw England look to Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right to cause trouble, but the Brazilian defence dealt capably with a number of crosses from the Manchester City man. Midway through the first half Brazil left-back Michel Bastos powered forward and rifled a 25-yard left-footer narrowly wide of the far post with Ben Foster struggling to cover. Foster was then called into action by efforts from the edge of the area from Felipe Melo and Kaka, before Rooney and James Milner lifted shots over the top at the other end of the pitch. The pace of the game dropped in the heat and half-time arrived with neither side having been able to break the deadlock. The second half got off to an explosive start as two minutes in Elano curled in a delightful ball from the right and Nilmar got ahead of Wes Brown to direct a fine header beyond the reach of Foster from 15 yards out. Just under ten minutes later Brazil should have doubled their lead, after Brown's weak clearance played in Nilmar, who was sent crashing to the turf by the advancing Foster. However, Luis Fabiano blazed the spot-kick high over the crossbar to hand England a let-off and they went close to an equaliser with just over 20 minutes to play. Wright-Phillips' deep cross from the right was volleyed narrowly over the crossbar by James Milner, with Julio Cesar rooted to the spot. A quick Brazilian counter soon after almost led to a second goal, but Nilmar's header from a superb Maicon cross was blocked by Brown, who atoned for his earlier errors. A minute later skipper Lucio powered forward from the back and his 25-yard left-footer cannoned back off the post with Foster well beaten. In the closing stages England huffed and puffed, but were unable to forge any clear chances to grab an equaliser.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full-Time: BRAZIL 1-0 ENGLAND.


Lucio heads away as Crouch closes in on a Defoe cross from the right.


England win a corner thanks to the efforts of Defoe and Crouch.


Four minutes of added time to be played.


Dani Alves fires a shot way, way over the top from distance.


Into the final minute of normal time.


Milner trots off and is replaced by Aston Villa colleague Ashley Young.


Dani Alves' long-range drive bounces just in front of Foster and he does well to gather the ball in safely.


Brazil keep hold of the ball and make England do the chasing.


A little over five minutes left for England to try and find an equaliser.


England bring on Peter Crouch and debutant Tom Huddlestone for Barry and Wright-Phillips.


Brazil make a double change, with Kaka and Nilmar replaced by Julio Baptista and Carlos Eduardo.


The second half has certainly been more exciting than the first.


Rooney sees a low drive gathered by Julio Cesar at the other end.


Brazil go even closer as skipper Lucio powers forward from the back and his 25-yard left-footer cannons back off the post with Foster well beaten.


An England corner is cleared and Brazil launch a superb counter which ends with Maicon's cross to the far post finding Nilmar, whose header is superbly blocked by Brown.


Wright-Phillips beats a couple of defenders and wins a throw-in on the right.


Kaka shoots from distance, it's deflected and falls straight into the arms of the waiting Foster.


Defoe is looking busy up front for England, he'll want better service than Bent got while he was on the pitch.


England are close to an equaliser, Wright-Phillips' deep cross is volleyed narrowly over the crossbar by Milner, with Julio Cesar rooted to the spot.


Milner's cross from the left is far too close to Julio Cesar.


Midway through the second half and Brazil appear to have the game well under control.


Givanildo Vieira Hulk will take the place of the stricken Luis Fabiano.


The Brazil striker is down after a clash of heads in the England area.


Maicon floats in a cross from the right and Lescott and Upson do well to crowd out Luis Fabiano.


Dani Alves takes over from Elano for Brazil.


Rooney looks a little frustrated after being fouled, but there's only one goal in it.


England win a corner, Julio Cesar punches Milner's delivery clear of danger.


An hour played and Brazil are well on top now.


It's all Brazil now, there's no-one better at keeping the ball. Elano slices a shot wide of the far post as England try to regroup.


England have been under the cosh since the re-start, maybe that will be the break they need.


Luis Fabiano skies the spot-kick high over the crossbar, what an escape for England.

Yellow Card

Foster escapes with a yellow card.


PENALTY to Brazil as Brown's weak attempted backpass leads to Foster bringing down Nilmar.


Bent makes way for Defoe.


Elano flights in a cross from the right and Foster fists it away from his near post.


Jermain Defoe will be entering the fray in a minute or two.


England have responded well since the goal, Capello has clearly instilled some belief in his players.


Wright-Phillips has a shot blocked from the edge of the area.


A hammer blow for England that, they were caught cold by another swift attack.


BRAZIL 1-0 ENGLAND, Elano curls in a delightful ball from the right and NILMAR gets ahead of Brown to direct a fine header beyond the reach of Foster.


Brazil start the second half.

Half time

Half-Time: BRAZIL 0-0 ENGLAND.


An Elano free-kick is hooked clear by Brown.


Two minutes of added time to be played.


The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last few minutes, no great surprise really.


The temperature is soaring in Doha, substitutions will be crucial going into the second half.


Wes Brown heads away for a corner following good work on the right by Luis Fabiano.


Milner drifts inside off the right and his left-foot shot is yards over the top from the edge of the area.


Rooney is body-checked just outside the area, England eventually gain a corner.


Skipper Rooney shoots from all of 35 yards, it's way over the top Julio Cesar's goal.


Ten minutes to go to half-time and surely a first goal can't be too far away.


Nilmar has a chance to get in a shot, but he turns inside and is crowded out by the England defence.


Foster is called into action again as Kaka curls in a shot from the right edge of the penalty area, Brazil are so quick on the counter.


Nilmar races clear down the left, but his cross is too close to Foster.


Felipe Melo tries his luck from 20 yards, but his effort is straight at the waiting Foster.


Luis Fabiano finds space and Wayne Bridge is forced to concede a corner.


Play gets underway after a short stoppage.


Maicon is down after a late challenge on James Milner.


Barry finds space down the right and his cross into the centre is just too high for Bent to direct a header on target.


A Wright-Phillips cross from the right causes problems and Thiago Silva has to clear.


Midway through the first half and Michel Bastos rifles a 25-yard left-footer narrowly wide of the far post with Foster struggling to cover.


Kaka is close to breaking through the England defence, but Matthew Upson makes a superb interception.


Brazil knock the ball around with some ease, don't they always.


Foster scuffs a clearance from a back-pass and stumbles. The ball goes straight to Kaka, but he is unable to find his footing either and England are let off.


Brazil are bossing this unfamiliar England side at the moment. Rooney and Darren Bent are being starved of the ball.


Immediately, Brazil break through Kaka. He slides a ball into Luis Fabiano but Wayne Bridge gets a foot across well to deny him a shooting opportunity.


Rooney collects the ball and skips around a defender like he isn't there. He attempts to play Wright-Phillips through the channel, but the pass is cut out.


Joleon Lescott brings Luis Fabiano down in the area but also wins the ball in a well-timed tackle. The forward stays down, but a penalty is out of the question.


Ex-Manchester City playmaker Elano races clear of the England defence down the left but is wasteful with his cross.


Already in this friendly, Brazil are showing their attacking intent. The ball is being spread from right-to-left but England are coping at present.


With Kaka engineering in a forward-thinking midfield role, the five-time world champions show their class by knocking the ball around. Wes Brown eventually gets a foot in.


At the other end Brazil win a corner. The delivery is good and Luis Fabiano makes some contact with the ball but it lands harmlessly into the grasp of Ben Foster.


Early chance for England and it is Wright-Phillips who fizzes a ball across the area which beats everyone. A follow-up from distance from Gareth Barry is blocked.


England are enjoying some early possession with Shaun Wright-Phillips seeing plenty of the ball.


England stand-in skipper Rooney gets play underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Kaka leads the Brazilian attack alongside Luis Fabiano.

Awaiting Kickoff

England have lost a host of players to injuries, with the absentees leaving Wayne Rooney to captain Fabio Capello's side.

Awaiting Kickoff

Brazil and England meet in a friendly international, but on this occasion the Khalifa International Stadium in Dhoa, Qatar is the venue.