- 6 February 2013, 7:30pm
FULL TIME: England record only their fourth victory over Brazil in 24 attempts. Quite how much bearing this will have on the vital forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Montenegro is up for debate, but it'll be a morale boost if nothing else. The Three Lions were far from flawless but there were terrific performances from Wilshere, Hart, Walcott and Smalling and two sublime goals. In general there was a vibrant vibe about the display and Neymar was nullified very effectively. A very satisfying night at the office for Roy's boys.
90+2 mins: Brazil have everyone forward. Fred's backheel isn't quite cute enough and is collected by Hart, then Jean's foated cross is also too close to the 'keeper.
90 mins: We're into three minutes of injury time.
89 mins: Fleet-footed Lucas tries to inject some pace but his attempted one-two is foiled by Smalling, even if he does take his time over his booted clearance.
87 mins: Neymar scampers down the left and for once produces a little flash to escape the attention of Johnson. His low delivery is towards Fred but Smalling is alert to step in and boot clear. Whisper it quietly, but Brazil aren't really threatening an equaliser.
83 mins: Chance for Fred! Marcos Arouca surges forward and slips it to his fellow substitute just inside the box. His first touch is to tread on the ball, and his loss of balance causes his eventual shot to be wayward. "Why do Brazil players not have name on their shirts??2 wonders Alan in Hyde. Yes, I was wondering that too.
81 mins: Not a great deal has happened since Lampard's goal. It's drifted into 'meaningless friendly' territory. England, understandably, are now happy to defend their lead, and they're doing so quite comfortably.
78 mins: On comes another Brazil sub, Miranda (wonder how good he is at repeatedly falling over?), replacing David Luiz.
77 mins: My laptop just had a mini meltdown but you've missed nothing except a wasteful, wayward drive by Oscar and a blocked shot by Fred.
74 mins: Another change by Hodgson as Aaron Lennon replaces the effervescent Walcott.
71 mins: Milner tracks back doggedly to foil Dani Alves' surge into the area and concede a corner. England clear it. England looked a bit lost at the start of the second half, especially after conceding the equaliser, but that Lampard goal has seen them reassert themselves.
69 mins: A devilish cross from Baines almost sees Dante knock the ball into his own net as it whips through the six yard box. Julio Cesar didn't know whether to stay or come either. Another Brazilian sub - Adriano off for Filipe Luis.
68 mins: Neymar almost takes Johnson's head off with a highly optimistic overhead kick from 20 yards, but the ball floats harmlessly over the bar.
65 mins: Neymar is not living up the the hype tonight. His low shot from 25 yards is no sweat for Hart. Luiz's long ball sees Oscar momentarily evade both of England's centre back, but his slightly heavy first touch allows the ball to roll through to Hart.
62 mins: Adriano fires off target from a tight angle after being played in behind Walcott by Oscar's dreamy pass. A change for either side after that as James Milner comes on for Welbeck, and Moreira Jean replaces Paulinho.
60 mins: A BEAUTY FROM LAMPARD! Now it's Brazil's turn to mess about with the ball in dangerous territory. England shuffle it back for Lampard 25 yards out. Instintively he side-foots a shot and it beats Cesar through pure accuracy, rather than power, pinging off the inside of the post and into the net! His 27th international goal, and that's one of his finest.
58 mins: Thrilling stuff from Walcott ti skin Adriano down England's right and get to the byline/ He fizzes a low skimmer into the six yard box, Cesar plunges and palms it away from Welbeck as he slides in, Gerrard follows up to crack one from 20 yards, but it's a bit wild.
56 mins: Almost sweet salvation for Cahill as he gets his header to a left-wing corner, but Cesar tips the ball over the bar!
54 mins: There's a real hint of the Copacabana skill school about Brazil centre back Dante. He backflicks the ball clear in silky fashion to deny Walcott.
52 mins: England, Cahill in particular, just need to calm down and keep the ball for a minute or two. A goal conceded in that sort of fashion can really take the wind out of a team's sails. Cahill put his hands over his face for some while after making that error. A horrible feeling. "It's like watching the oscars, when did Gene Hackman become Brazil manager?" quips Griff in Battersea. That's one fantastic spot, Griffo old son!
50 mins: Fred nearly scores two within four minutes of coming on! Cahill gives it away *again* in his own final third. The ball is slipped to Fred on the edge of the box and his audacious curler clips the top of the bar!
48 mins: BRAZIL ARE LEVEL! Oh dear. An almight cock-up by Cahill. He tries to bring the ball out of defence and is robbed. That leaves a gigantic hole down the centre of England's defence, into which strides Fred before rifling a bullet of shot past Hart and into the corner from 18 yards.
47 mins: Immediate chance for England. Gerrard's cross-shot is spilled by Cesar but spins just too far away from Wilshere for him to be able to knock it in.
46 mins:Three Brazilian substitutions too - Fred, Arouca and Lucas Moura are on for Fabiano, Ramires and Ronaldinho. The first leg of the latter's campaign to convince Scolari he's worth a place in the 2014 World Cup hasn't gone well then.
HALF TIME: Well that's not a bad start, is it? Wilshere has been excellent after his return to a Three Lions jersey, England have looked energetic and sparkly and Brazil's two megastars - Neymar and Ronaldinho - have missed a sitter and a penalty respectively. Stay tuned.
44 mins: Walcott forces a rather clumsy save out of Cesar. The angle was always against the Arsenal winger and his shot wasn't particularly threatening, but Cesar spills it and Dante casually backheels his clearance straight back to an England player.
42 mins: Ka-boom! Wilshere, in his impish, industrious way slaloms through the challenges, When he's finally tackled, the ball opos out for Rooney to hammer one from 20 yards, but it zips wide of Cesar's post. He had it covered.
39 mins: Oscar feeds the ball into the area for Paulinho, with his back to goal. He flicks it up and volleys over his head. The ball is arcing over Hart and flirting with dropping in at the far post, but Johnson retreat to hack it away.
37 mins: Neymar misses a sitter! Oscar rattles down the right and delivers an absolute peach of a cross, bisecting goalkeeper and the stretching Smalling. It runs all the way across for Neymar at the far post, who stretches and somehow fires the bobbling ball over the bar from three yards before colliding with the post.
34 mins: ""Buck toothed one"! Judging by your picture that's definitely pot calling kettle!" guffaws Mark in Hull, who also reckons it was a penalty. a) I refused to wear a brace when I was 12 (I regret it now of course); and b) you try jumping and keeping your arms by your side at the same time!
31 mins: England look full of vim, Cole closing down Neymar tigerishly, Gerrard and Cleverley prompting persistently in midfield and Johnson involved heavily down the right.
28 mins: In the process of that goal, Walcott's collision with the goalkeeper has proved painful for the Arsenal forward. He's gone off for some treatment.
26 mins: GOAL FOR ENGLAND! Now then! Rooney slips a delicious ball behind the Brazil defence for Walcott, whose close-range shot is blocked by Julio Cesar. The ball rebound back for Rooney, just outside the box, and he sweeps it precisely between two covering defenders and into the net, with the 'keeper still out of position. Lovely finish.
25 mins: Another patient attack by England, but Cleverley's final ball is overhit. Wilshere does well to reach it and win a corner, but Gerrard's delivery is claimed by Cesar. Seconds later, Johnson's piledriver is over the bar.
22 mins: England's first chance. Some incisive build-up play ends with Wilshere slipping the ball to Welbeck, left of goal. The angle is tight, but Welbeck's prod with his right foot is pretty miserable, spooning the ball hopelessly high and wide. Use your left, Danny!
19 mins HART SAVES IT!! Brilliant stop by the City goalkeeper down to his left as Ronaldinho opts to side-foot it. The ball spins loose, the buck-toothed one throws himself at it to try and poke it over the line but Hart is up in a flash to block again. In flies Neymar but he is also denied by a chop from behind by Cleverley, and the ball spins out for a corner. Whisper it quietly, but Cleverley's challenge really should have resulted in another penalty!
18 mins: BRAZIL AWARDED A PENALTY! It's one of those ludicrous decisions we see so often these days. Wilshere jumps and turns his back to block a cross, the ball happens to hit his arm from a distance of about five yards, and the referee somehow sees this as intentional and points to the spot. Ridiculous. up steps Ronaldinho...
16 mins: Fabiano just evades offside as he's played through by a little dink over the top, but two retreating defenders crowd him out, but seconds later...
14 mins: England keep possession with admirable compsure for quite a while until Cleverley's hopeful cross is rather unnecessarily punched away by Julio Cesar under no pressure at all.
12 mins: Very decent chance for Oscar! Adriano prompts the lightning counter attack with a lovely pass from left-back to Neymar. He dashes forward and slip it to Oscar. He has a worrying amount of space in front of him, but opts to whip it first time from 20 yards. It's rather wasteful that he can only lash it over the bar.
9 mins: Oooh! Fanastic save by Julio Cesar to tip Rooney's header from a corner over the bar. The whistle had gone anyway for an apparent push by the Man United striker, but even so, what athleticism from the QPR 'keeper. Just before that, Gerrard's cross towards Walcott was headed away awkwardly by Adriano.
7 mins: Neymar's on the prowl again, picked out by a dink over the top from Oscar. Initially it look like he's wriggled cleared of Cahill, but the Chelsea defender finds an extra gear to bustle the mohicaned one off the ball and roll it back to Hart.
5 mins: Slick interplay involving Neymar sees the Santos superstar snake into the box but Cahill comes across to intervene. Excellent defending.
3 mins: Nice curling cross by Walcott towards Rooney, but it's cut out by Dante who heads out for a corner, from which nothing comes.
1 mins: Fabiano closes down Hart, who had received the ball from a backpass deep inside his own six yard box. It looks a bit dicey for a split second until the 'keeper performs a sikly Cruyff turn and calmly pass the ball to Johnson. Samba!
0 mins:And we're under way.
1933:We'll have a minute's silence for three reasons - to remember Bobby Moore who died 20 years ago, to mark the 65th anniversary of the Munich air diaster and to remember those lost in a fire in Santa Maria in Brazil 10 days ago.
1925: Evenin' all. Welcome to a cold and blustery Wembley where England will attempt to record only their fourth victory over Brazil in 24 attempts. This is about as glamorous and attractive as friendlies get, but some of you still aren't happy. Chris in Exeter says: "Once again, another pointless 'friendly' exercise with an even chance to get players injured B4 the Euro games resumption!" Norma adds to the general spirit on bonhomie, by bellowing: "Welbeck not gd enough for top class football. Still a headless chicken." Add your thoughts by clicking on 'text the commentator'.
Team news: As expected, Roy Hodgson has awarded Ashley Cole his 100th cap (none of them as a substitute, incidentally), while Danny Welbeck partners Wayne Rooney up front, supported by Theo Walcott. Jack Wilshere starts an international for the first time since June 2011, accompanying Steven Gerrard in midfield with Tom Cleverley. The main surprise is the presence of Chris Smalling at centre back alongside Gary Cahill. Full line-ups are below.
Brazil's main focus will be on Ronaldinho, yes *that* Seaman-lobbing Ronaldinho, who is back in the national squad after a year on the sidelines. He will be 34 by the time the World Cup comes around, and this game is crucial in recently re-appointed boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's assessment of whether he's worth including. It will be a treat to watch Neymar grace the hallowed turf, while there's Premier League representation in Julio Cesar, David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar.
- 6 February 2013, 7:30pm
England claimed their first win over Brazil in nearly a quarter of a century as they won 2-1 at Wembley.
On a memorable night, which saw Ashley Cole claim his 100th cap for his country, England went ahead on 27 minutes through Wayne Rooney.
His goal came just moments after Joe Hart had brilliantly kept out Ronaldinho's penalty but, just after the break, Brazil substitute Fred flashed home an excellent equaliser and not long after he struck the woodwork.
But it was another replacement - Frank Lampard - who ensured England beat Brazil for the first time in 23 years as the midfielder side-footed home clinically from the edge of the box to give Roy Hodgson's side victory.
England looked dangerous early on with Jack Wilshere impressing on his return to the international stage, but he was adjudged to have handled a Ronaldinho cross, which gave the Atletico Mineiro man a chance to open the scoring.
However, on his 100th appearance for his country, Ronaldinho saw his shot parried by Hart and the Manchester City keeper beat him to the rebound before Neymar was unable to convert from close range.
It was no surprise, though, that Arsenal midfielder Wilshere played a major part in the build-up to England's opening goal after 26 minutes from Rooney.
His pass picked out the surge forward of Gunners team-mate Theo Walcott, whose low drive was blocked by QPR keeper Julio Cesar. However, Rooney seized on the rebound and coolly tucked away his 33rd goal for his country with a low drive straight down the middle of the goal.
England attacked with plenty of pace and Walcott fired over the bar but they had a let-off after 37 minutes when the highly-rated Neymar slid in at the far post and shot over from close range after Oscar had outpaced Chelsea team-mate Cole before crossing.
Leighton Baines and Lampard replaced Cole and Tom Cleverley respectively at the start of the second period, whilst Brazil made a hat-trick of substitutions with Fred, Arouca and Lucas replacing Fabiano, Ramires and Ronaldinho.
Steven Gerrard forced Cesar to parry his dipping drive two minutes into the second half but a mistake by Gary Cahill saw Fred equalise 60 seconds later.
The Chelsea defender was caught in possession bringing the ball out from defence and in an instant Fred drilled a fierce shot past Hart from the edge of the box. The goalscorer almost struck again when his shot rattled the bar after Hart's clearance had bounced off Cahill.
But Cahill almost made amends for his error when he got on the end of a Gerrard corner and saw his header tipped over the bar by Cesar. The keeper then fingertipped away Walcott's ball into the danger area but Gerrard could not keep his follow-up shot down.
England were not to be denied the win over Brazil as Lampard restored their lead on the hour. Walcott's centre was only partially cleared and Wilshere turned the ball back to Lampard, whose curling shot hit the inside of a post and crossed the line for his 27th England goal.