Brazil and England fought out the international friendly match at the redeveloped Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (which will host the final of this year’s Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup), started at 3pm ET on Sunday. The match was draw with the score at 2-2. Brazil took the stronger position in the first half. Fred (Brazil) made a goal at 56-min (1-0). After 11 min Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England) recovered that goal (1-1). England took a 2-1 lead on goals by Wayne Rooney at 78-min.Paulinho made 82-minute volley to give Brazil a 2-2 tie against England. The stadium will host the final of this year’s Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup. “Some draws can be labelled victories and some draws can be labelled defeats,” said Hodgson afterwards. He conceded “We played so well in the second half I thought we might hold on for the win but we were scotched by a wonder strike. We didn’t play anywhere near like we wanted to in the first half and Brazil did, so it was a fair result”. In addition, Brazil have been embarrassed by a series of glitches in preparations for not just the World Cup in 13 months time but also the Confederations Cup, which starts on June 15 in six venues across the country amid infrastructural problems which have dogged the hosts. Sunday’s match was even set to be called off after a local judge ruled on Thursday that the game could not go ahead as the Maracana did not, in her view, meet minimum safety requirements. The decision was overturned after city authorities scrambled an appeal before the Rio State government explained that a mandatory safety report had not been sent to the relevant local authority due to a “bureaucratic failure”.

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