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England vs Brazil


With a chic sign, there was still more interest in Brazil.With England in Gareth Southgate’s version, plus or minus, everything is clear.

This is an established team where, in defence, even if a Rio Ferdinand clone suddenly appears on the horizon, Maguire will start. The Manchester United defender, however, is not at all hopeless this season. Well, Kane’s injury is a special case. It is clear that Harry, alive and healthy, will always start.

As did Saka, who left the Three Lions for medical reasons.

As for the pentacampeons, everything is new. Starting from the headquarters led by Dorival Junior, who after many years restored the position of psychologist on the staff and invited Marisa Lucia Santiago, who works at Bahia, to fill it, and ending with the composition. The new head coach was not lying when in his first interview he spoke about new chances for the players playing in their homeland. In Dorival’s first call there were nine of them, including former Spartak and Lokomotiv players – Ayrton and Murilo.

Other newcomers also appeared, the most famous of whom was Galeno, who played brilliantly for Porto.

But, of course, at Wembley, no matter how much they wanted, Brazil could not field the squad of its new coach’s dreams. In January, Dorival said that the team would have to learn to play without Neymar on the eve of the America’s Cup, but by the time the new team premiered, it turned out that the entire squad would be injured.

In addition to Ney and also long-term absentee Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Gabriel Magalhaes, Joelinton, Casemiro, Gabriel Martinelli, Joao Pedro and the country’s two best goalkeepers, Alisson and Ederson, were absent.

And since their eternal replacement Weverton was also absent from the application, the role of the first number was entrusted to Bento from Athletic Paranaense. Quite a long time passed before the moment when he had to seriously enter the game for the first time. And the Brazilians started at Wembley very confidently, taking control of the ball. Rodrigo, who missed the far corner, and Vinicius Junior, who ran away one on one, were in contention for a quick goal.

He sent the ball past Pickford, but didn’t do it hard enough, and Walker backed up his goalkeeper near the goal line. But the impressive breakthrough of the English captain had dire consequences, and he needed a replacement.

The English also had a powerful segment, during which Watkins hit high from a good position.

Fabricio Bruno managed to stop the second sniper of the Premier League. The Flamengo defender played for the national team for the first time, but both he and his partner in the center of defense – 20-year-old Lucas Beraldo from PSG – were not at all shy. And they also did not allow Bellingham to close the cross from the goal area. Jude, with the maximum 40 contacts with the ball in the first half, did not look as bright as in Real Madrid. What I remember more is how they periodically beat him on the legs, and he himself played for a card for a rough demolition of Bruno Guimaraes.

Rather, Raphinha should have scored in the first half, who first won an aerial battle on the flank against Chilwell, then forced Maguire to make a mistake, but the Barcelona winger failed to hit the far corner. Earlier, the Brazilians staged a real carnival in the hosts’ penalty area, which led to Lucas Paqueta hitting the post.

Due to obvious scoring chances, the visitors led 3:1 at the break. Definitely, the updated version of the Pentacampeons – at least at first glance – has a more systematic football than during the work of Fernando Diniz. On the other hand, Konsa dealt with Vinicius quite confidently. But this is on the flank. When the forward, as in Real Madrid, went to the center, the British had problems.

Towards the end of the match – with a visual advantage of the hosts, for whom 18-year-old Manchester United midfielder Mainu made his debut – Brazil still scored. Moreover, the goal was organized by Andreas Pereira, who the day before was additionally motivated by British journalists with questions about the obvious superiority of their team in all respects. A wonderful pass to Vinicius, and 17-year-old Endrik scored into an empty net after saving Pickford. The prodigy will remember his first goal for the national team for the rest of his life, and in Madrid this success was perceived as the future of Real Madrid.

By the way, the trio Vinicius – Rodrigo 

Endrick was expected from Dorival in attack, but the coach knew exactly when the hour of the young talent would strike. Together, the three forwards will play next season at the Santiago Bernabeu. Even with Mbappe, this talented young man will not get lost. And Endrik’s one-on-one exit at the last minute was used as an additional motivation to become even better by the time he came of age and moved to Europe.

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