MOTD- Brazil 1-1 Russia

Russia have managed a good draw against Luiz Scolari’s Brazil side at Stamford Bridge in London, with the Brazilians win-less in their last three matches.  Surprisingly, Russia started the match on top, and almost got on the scoreboard in the third minute when Sergei Ignashevich hit a dipping free-kick from thirty-yards out.  Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar could only parry the the low swerving shot, but the rebound came to nothing.  In the ninth minute Vasily Berezutskiy received the ball just outside the Brazil box form the remains of a Russia corner, and Berezutskiv volleyed the ball.  The defender’s volley appeared to bounce off Fernando Lucas hand, but referee Howard Webb was unmoved despite a complete change in the ball direction.  Soon after Anderson Hernanes was forced into a brilliant last-ditch tackle to block Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s shot at the far post, and Brazil hardly looked like they could keep control of the ball.  Vladimir Bystrov tried his luck form twenty-two yards out in the sixteenth minute, and Cesar made a routine save.

Brazil woke up from their horrible start and started pressing Russia, but despite Neymar curling a shot inches wide and a Marcelo shot being tipped wide by Russia goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, the Selecao could not find the back of the net.  Brazil almost scored in the thirty-fifth minute when Marcelo latched on to a cross from the left and headed just wide.  Russia did get one great chance towards the end of the half when Vikto Faizulin played the ball to Kerzakhov on a counter-attack, and Kerzakhov played the ball back to Faitzulin on the left side of the box.  Faitzulin hit a thundering shot to the near post, and Cesar just got a tip on it to take the ball wide.  Brazil were still dominant though, but they couldn’t score and the first half ended 0-0.

The second half started slowly, and the first chance was a low Marcelo shot from the edge of the box that Gabulov easily collected.  Brazil had much of the possession, and seconds after Marcelo’s effort Neymar curled a shot from the edge of the box, but it was straight at Gabulov.  Amazingly, Russia took the lead in the seventy-sixth minute following a goal mouth scramble.  After three earlier shots in the scramble, Roman Shirokov got the ball six yards out from goal, and hit a low shot.  Fernando cleared the shot off the line, but it fell to Faitzulin in the center of the box, and the Zenit Saint-Petersburg forward hit a low shot that snuck into the back of the net to put Russia 1-0 up.

Brazil immediately tired to find an equalizer, and Marcelo flashed a shot inches wide moments after the goal.  In the eighty-second minute Lucas hit a long range shot straight at Gabulov, and Brazil looked like they were headed for a second loss in three matches.  But Brazil managed to dramatically find the back in the second minute of extra time when Hulk freed Marcelo on the left side of the Russia box.  The Real Madrid left-back played the ball across the box to Fred, and the Fluminense star tapped the ball in from four yards out to level the score.  Brazil could not find a late winner though, and the match ended 1-1 with Brazil win-less in their last three matches.
Man of the Match: Marcelo

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MOTD- Italy 2-2 Brazil

Italy have come back form behind to earn a draw against Brazil in a thrilling International Friendly in Switzerland. The match started fantastically, with both sides creating many chances in the opening five minutes. The first of those chances came to Italy in the second minute when Emanuele Giaccherini took the ball down the left flank. Giaccherini cut the ball into the Brazil box, which got him past Brazil defender David Luiz, and hit a fierce shot form six yards to the near post. Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar just managed to get a fingertip on the ball to tip it wide. Seconds later, Brazil got their first chance of the match and when Neymar hit a dipping shot from the edge of the eighteen, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon did well to to save it to his right.  Shortly after, Cesar made another great save when Mario Balotelli was received a lofted ball inside the Brazil box, and the Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper just managed to kick Balotelli’s first-touch volley out.

Balotelli curled a shot just wide of the far post form the edge of the eighteen in the twelfth minute, and Pablo Osvaldo headed just over Cesar’s bar in the seventeenth minute, but Italy could not find the net.  The Azzurri almost got in front in the twentieth minute when Andrea Pirlo hit a brilliant lofted ball to put Christian Maggio in on goal, but an oncoming Cesar denied Maggio of a goal.  Amazingly, it was Brazil who opened the scoring and when Italy failed to clear a Filipe Luis cross from the left in the thirty-second minute, the ball fell to Fred at the back post, and the Fluminense star volleyed it past Buffon to put Brazil up 1-0.  Italy looked like they would equalize, but The Seleção doubled their lead in the forty-second minute.  Neymar picked up the ball in the Italy half off a counter-attack, and took the ball to the edge of the Italy box.  He slipped the ball to Oscar in the center of the Italy box, and the midfielder poked the ball past Buffon and into the back of the net.  Italy couldn’t grab one back though, and the first half ended 2-0.

Italy started the second half on the attack, and after Balotelli headed just over, they got their first goal of the match in the fifty-seventh minute when Dani Alves didn’t head a corner away.  The ball fell to Daniel De Rossi in the center of the box, and De Rossi poked the ball into the back of the net from six yards out.  Amazingly, Italy got an equalizer just two minutes later when Balotelli received the ball on the edge of the eighteen.  The AC Milan forward hit a stunning shot that just managed to dip over Cesar and into the back of the net to give Italy an equalizer. Italy looked like they would go on to win the match, and almost did when Leonardo Bonucci met Stephan El Shaarawy’s cross in the center of the box, but his glancing header went just wide of the far post.  The Azzurri again almost grabbed a winner in in the seventy-fifth minute, and Brazil defender Dante just got a touch on Balotelli’s shot from the right side of the box to send the shot over the bar.  But Brazil managed to whether the storm, and after three minutes of extra time the match ended 2-2.
Man of the Match: Julio Cesar

MOTD- England 2-1 Brazil

It is full time here at Wembley and England have beaten Brazil for the first time in over twenty years.  The game started in favor of Brazil, but the flow of the game quickly changed in England’s favor.  But in the nineteenth minute Brazil surprisingly earned a penalty through a Jack Wilshere handball.  The penalty, taken by Ronaldinho, was a poor one, and Joe Hart blocked it, but the rebound fell to Ronaldinho, who forced a magnificent block out of Hart.  Brazil paid for not finishing that chance, as Jack Wilshere played it to Theo Walcott who was in on goal down the left.  Theo’s shot was straight at Brazil keeper Julio Cesar, but the rebound fell for Wayne Rooney, who curled it past three Brazil defenders into the back of the net.  The rest of the half went scoreless, but England was still in charge.  The second half started completely different, with Brazil in charge.  Brazil quickly capitalized on the situation, and when Gary Cahill lost the ball just outside the box, Fred pounced on it and struck a shot past Joe Hart into the top left corner.  Brazil couldn’t force anything more out of England, and the flow of the game changed back into England’s favor.  England quickly capitalized on their possession, and when a Theo Walcott cross got deflected to the outside of the box, Frank Lampard hit a beautiful volley past Cesar into the top right corner.  After that the game mellowed a bit, and neither side could score again.
Man of the Match: Jack Wilshere

MOTD halftime- England 1-0 Brazil

This exciting friendly between two international powerhouses has so far been great to watch.  England started the game lackadaisical, and nearly paid for it when Brazil won a penalty in the nineteenth minute through a Jack Wilshre handball.  Ronaldinho’s shot was poor though, and was saved by Joe Hart.  The chance was not over for Brazil though, as the ball bobbled back out for Ronaldiho to tap in, but Hart produced a brilliant save to stop the shot.  Brazil paid for not finishing that chance, because soon after that England turned on and started attacking the Brazil goal.  England’s first big chance of the match came when Jack Wilshere played a ball to Danny Welbeck, who took the ball up the left, but his shot went wide.  England kept attacking the Brazil goal, and broke the deadlock when Wilshere found Theo Walcott open on the right, his shot was straight at Brazil keeper Julio Cesar but the ball rebounded for Wayne Rooney to curl into the open net past three Brazil defenders.  The rest of the game is sure to bee exciting, so look out for my post match review, right here on Football Every Day!

MOTD preview- England vs Brazil

This international friendly is set to be a good one, with Ashley Cole set to earn his 100th cap for England. The last time the two nations met, was in a friendly on November 19, 2009 where Brazil beat England 1-0 in Qatar. Brazil have dominated this fixture since 1990, when England last beat them. But that statistic doesn’t mean that the game will be a walk in the park though, and Brazil will have to work to win the game. The biggest news surrounding the game though, is that defender Ashley Cole will earn his 100th cap for England, after England manager Roy Hodgson announced that the Chelsea player would be starting. Cole is going to be seventh player to reach that mark for England, behind Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright, and Steven Gerrard. Anyhow, the game is sure to be a good one, so look out for my halftime and post match review, right here on Football Every Day!