Wayne Rooney’s first performance as England skipper was unrewarded as a forty seven minute header from Villarreal striker Nilmar da Silva put the South American team in front.
The first half, which was very tight with many chances, ended in a goalless draw. The first chance of the night was when Shaun Wright Phillips guided the ball past stand in left back Bastos to cross it into skipper Wayne Rooney who was a fraction too late from putting it into the net. Shortly after England’s chance, Joleon Lescott saved the three lions with a crucial intervention on the penalty spot. Nilmar on the left flank picked Matthew Upson’s pocket and drove towards goal before seeking out Fabiano, only for Lescott to intercede. Ben Foster minutes later gathered a simple shot from Felipe Melo on the half hour mark but moments later had to be alive to a curling effort from Kaka.After a long spell of pressure, Darren Bent flicked the ball onto Rooney who looked clean through but for AC Milan striker Thiago Da Silva. Thiago, who pushed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to the floor, wasn’t penalized. An unsubstantial advantage was all that the three lions were rewarded as the ball flicked to Darren Bent. Bent, who held the ball for a few seconds, was tackled for the referee to wave away Rooney’s claim. When the corner was delivered in Milner flashed a left-footed shot over the bar.
The second half started as well as the first for England until a forty seven minute header from Nilmar to put the South American side in front. With the Capello’s men trailing, the three lions pushed even for only another brake for Brazil. The speed of Nilmar again created Brazil a chance but surprisingly Luis Fabiano spurned their chance from the spot. Wes Brown chested the ball down for Foster but Nilmar got to the ball first and Foster caught the Villarreal striker late resulting in a penalty and yellow card for the Manchester United striker. Fabiano stepped up to the spot with confidence but skied his shot much to the relief of Manchester United pair Foster and Brown. Although England were trailing, they were not short of chances. A Sixty eight minute shot from James Milner was the closest Capello’s men came to equalizing when he hit a side-footed volley over the bar following a super deep cross from Wright-Phillips.
With ten minutes remaining Fabio Capello sent on Tom Huddleston for his England debut with Spurs teammate Peter Crouch to partner Jermaine Defoe and Wayne Rooney up front. With all the best effort from the whole team, the three lions failed to get an all important late equaliser failing to give England their forth win against the side.
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