INTRODUCTION: Association football....
GV Kickoff: England (darker shirts) kick off, playing right to left and attack down right wing.
GV England attack, lose ball and Brazil move downfield. Ball comes to Socrates, who shoots and Ray Clemence catches and drops ball.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Brazil throw-in. Ball played across field to Edvaldo, who centres. Zico traps ball and scores goal. Brazilians celebrate.
GV Graham Rix shoots and Valder Peres drops down to catch ball as crowd watch. (2 SHOTS)
GV Brazil throw-in and pass goes to Reinoldo who races downfield, tussles with Alvin Martin, puts ball into net but goal disallowed.
SV Brazilian players complaining to referee.
GV Brazilian free kick. Ball curves past England defensive wall, Clemence dives to push ball around post for corner.
GV Halftime scoreboard: Brazil 1; England
GV Peter Barnes takes ball past defenders, shot forces Valder Peres to dive.
GV England down left wing. High cross punched over bar.
GV Brazil free kick across England goal. Ball headed down and Clemence saves.
SV Cameramen on ground behind goalline.
GV England free kick goes well downfield, Peter Withe heads ball across penalty area. Kenny Sansom heads it back and Withe's shot hits upright and runs across mouth of goal.
GV Final scoreboard: England O Brazil 1.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Association football.... and England played their most spirited and convincing football for some time in a friendly international against Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday (12 May). Brazil won 1-0, but England centreforward Peter Withe could have made it a draw with almost the last kick of the match. His shot for goal struck an upright, and the ball rolled right across the exposed Brazilian goalmouth without going in.
SYNOPSIS: This friendly match came as welcome respite from sterner events for England. In their last international here, a World Cup qualifier against Romania, they were booed after a flabby and goalless draw. Their supporters weren't cheered in the first 15 minutes when the swift and inventive Brazilians bemused England's makeshift team. Luckily, Ray Clemence, captain for the night, was his usual sharp self.
Brazil scored after 11 minutes, though some observers were surprised it took them that long. A pass found Edevaldo on the right. His centre came to Zico, who beat England defender Kenny Sansom and shot with the same movement.
England settled down, and Rix troubled goalkeeper Valder Peres with this shot.
Brazil showed why they will be among the favourite for next year's World Cup finals in Spain. Their pace and cohesion opened up the England defence for Reinoldo to put the ball in the net. But the goal was disallowed for interference.
Then, a sample of the Brazilian 'banana' kick had Clemence stretching.
In the second half, Peter Barnes was a potent force for England, as his team built some effective attacks.
Though England were prospering, Brazil showed they had the greater spread of talent around the field.
It took England until the dying moments to jolt their visitors. Withe came within inches of scoring on an auspicious debut that uplifted England's previously-jaded supporters.