End of the great adventure for England
ENGLAND'S great World Cup adventure came to an end in Shizuoka today.They lost 2-1 to Brazil in the quarter-final in a match – frustratingly – they might well have won.
ENGLAND'S great World Cup adventure came to an end in Shizuoka today.
They lost 2-1 to Brazil in the quarter-final in a match – frustratingly – they might well have won.
Sven Goran Eriksson's men did enough in midfield and defence to prevent Brazil from showing much of the world-beating flair they are famous for.
But they failed to put the South Americans' suspect defence under enough pressure.
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England led for 22 minutes after Michael Owen's classy finish from Emile Heskey's through ball midway through the first half.
But they were opened up in first-half injury-time by the trickery of Ronaldinho, who laid on the opening for Rivaldo to maintain his record of scoring in every game Brazil have played in the tournament.
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And England's normally solid goalkeeper David Seaman let them down just after the break when he was caught out of position by a speculative free-kick. Ronaldinho's kick beat Seaman in the air to put Brazil ahead.
Shortly afterwards, Ronaldinho was sent off for a vicious foul on Danny Mills.
But though they spent most of the second half battling to find a way through the ten men, England in the end simply lacked the guile to do so.
So England have gone out to the World Cup favourites – and as so often before the nation is left to ponder on what might have been.