England achieved a sensational win in Brazil on this day.
England were well beaten by USSR on a warm Saturday afternoon at Wembley and their next opponents, just eight days later, were Brazil in the famous Maracana!
The match, the first of a three-match South American tour, was played on this day in 1984.
According to the English press the Brazilians were ‘on a different planet’, with Bobby Robson’s team given little or no chance of avoiding defeat.
But they achieved a famous 2-0 victory to silence all their critics, with John Barnes’ opening goal hailed as one of the best ever scored by an England player.
It was Brazil’s first loss at the Maracana for 27 years.
Peter Shilton kept England in the match early on with great saves from Renato and Zenon. Then Mark Hateley tested ‘keeper Costa with a header and it was the Pompey striker who started the move that led to the first goal just before half-time.
He slipped the ball to Barnes on the left and the Watford man went on a spectacular dribble that eventually took him close enough to the goal to slide the ball home.
England grew in confidence as the second half progressed, restricting Brazil to one reasonable chance before doubling their lead just after the hour.
A flowing move involving Ray Wilkins, Tony Woodcock and Barnes ended with a deep cross to the far post where Hateley scored with a bullet header. It was a sensational result and England were in dreamland.