Football Flashback: England 1-2 Brazil, 2002 World Cup

Ollie Irish

13th, November 2009



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England captain David Beckham shakes hands with Brazil's captain Cafu prior to kick-off

England 1-2 Brazil, World Cup quarter final, Shizuoka, 21 June 2002

World Cup heartbreak for Sven and Becks’ England, as Brazil proved too strong  – even after Ronaldinho was sent off, undeservedly, in the 58th minute for a foul on Danny Mills – in the afternoon heat of Japan.

To be fair, Brazil deserved to win. They had twice as many shots on target as England and at 2-1 up and with ten men, they never looked like losing to an England team that simply ran out of steam and ideas. But then a team featuring Darius Vassell, Trevor Sinclair and Danny Mills – they all played a part – was never going to go on and win the World Cup – quarter finals was a fair reflection of this England’s ability.


England: Seaman, Mills, Campbell, Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Scholes, Butt, Sinclair, Owen, Heskey. Subs: Bridge, Brown, Joe Cole, Dyer, Fowler, Hargreaves, James, Keown, Martyn, Sheringham, Southgate, Vassell.

Brazil: Marcos, Roque Junior, Lucio, Edmilson, Cafu, Gilberto, Ronaldinho, Kleberson, Carlos, Ronaldo, Rivaldo. Subs: Belleti, Ceni, Denilson, Dida, Edilson, Juninho Paulista, Junior, Kaka, Luizao, Polga, Ricardinho, Vampeta.


What a beautiful goal by Rivaldo. I’d forgotten how good it was.