Roy Hodgson's initial reaction following England's draw in the Maracana
Brazil 2-2 England
8pm BST, Sunday 2 June 2013
England Manager Roy Hodgson declared a draw a fair result after his team held Brazil 2-2 in the Maracana - but admitted a nagging disappointment they didn't quite finish the job.
For a short while it seemed the visitors, who had already beaten the Samba stars at Wembley earlier this year, would create history by becoming the first team from Europe to win in Brazil since the Three Lions, inspired by John Barnes, famously did so in 1984.
They were 2-1 ahead in the Maracana after wonderful goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose father Mark played in the same fixture almost 30 years ago, and Wayne Rooney; and they were no doubt dreaming of completing a unique double.
But Brazil, who had taken the lead through Fred, found an equaliser when Paulinho volleyed home for 2-2 within four minutes and England had to settle for a draw.
Hodgson said: "Some draws can be labelled victories and some defeats.
"Against Ireland we were disappointed not to win. And maybe I'm a bit disappointed today because we scored quite late on and we were playing so well, I thought we could hang on.
"But we were scotched by a wonder strike. And I have to be honest and say we didn't play anywhere near as well in the first half as we like to play - and Brazil did. So if you look at the game over the 90 minutes a draw was a fair result."
The turning point in the match came when Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to be handed a central role in the second half.
"He's very lively," said Hodgson. "He gets on the ball. He added another dimension and got his reward by scoring a very good goal."
12 Julio Cesar, 2 Daniel Alves, 4 David Luiz, 14 Filipe Luis (8 Hernanes, 46), 9 Fred (Leandro Damiao, 77) 19 Hulk (5 Fernando, 72), 17 Luiz Gustavo (6 Marcelo, 46) 10 Neymar, 11 Oscar (7 Lucas Moura, 55), 18 Paulinho (20 Bernard 83), 3 Thiago (c).
Substitutes not used 15 Dante, 22 Diego Cavalieri, 23 Jadson, 13 Jean, 19 Jefferson, 16 Rever.
1 Joe Hart, 2 Glen Johnson (16 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 63), 3 Leighton Baines (12 Ashley Cole, 31), 4 Michael Carrick, 5 Gary Cahill, 6 Phil Jagielka, 7 Phil Jones, 8 Frank Lampard (C), 9 Theo Walcott (15 Jack Rodwell, 84) 10 Wayne Rooney, 11 James Milner.
Substitutes not used 13 Ben Foster, 14 Joleon Lescott, 17 Jermain Defoe, 18 Alex McCarthy.
Referee Wilmar Roldan
Assistant Referees Eduardo Diaz & Wilson Berrio
Fourth Official Pericles Cortez