England hold Brazil 2-2 in friendly at the Maracana Stadium

The draw heaps pressure has been heaped on Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has managed only a win over Bolivia in half a dozen matches during this second spell in charge, while the World Cup hosts have slid to 19th in the FIFA rankings - an all-time lowpoint.

updated: June 03, 2013 11:42 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: England coach Roy Hodgson lamented a win that got away after his side gave World Cup hosts Brazil a fright on Sunday in holding the five-time world champions to an entertaining 2-2 draw in a prestige friendly in Rio de Janeiro.

The visitors, victorious on their last visit back in 1984, when John Barnes famously clinched the win with a solo effort, were on the ropes in an absorbing first half which Brazil largely dominated, but held their own until 12 minutes after the restart when Fred scored for the South American giants.

But a neat strike from substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and then a rasping drive from Wayne Rooney turned the match on its head before Paulinho volleyed in eight minutes from time to level a contest held to mark the multi-million dollar refurbishment of the Maracana stadium.

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