This was not epic we had all hoped for, nor the result. Still England had progressed much further in this World Cup than most fans expected. Eriksson fielded an unchanged line-up from the Denmark game six days earlier.
Brazil produced the first scare of the game when Paul Scholes took down Ronaldinho, about 35 yards from England's goal. The
resulting freekick was taken by Carlos, whose shot was just wide of the goal and had Seaman dashing across the goalmouth
to stop an on-target shot.
Against the run of play, England took the lead following a mistake by defender Lucio. Lucio amazingly lost control of the ball which was pounced on by Owen who did not waste his opportunity and put the ball past Brazil's goalkeeper, Marcos, who had come racing off his line.
Beckham left the field with an injury a couple of minutes later, and looked to be in pain, however he was able to return
two minutes later to the relief of his team and fans. He tried a long-range shot which went to Edmilson and bounced back to the England captain for him to have another shot, but the effort went over the bar.
Roberto Carlos looked dangerous in the 43rd minute when his shot was deflected skywards, Seaman collected the ball but
fell awkwardly on the floor and for a while it seemed that he would have to be replaced but he managed to continue. Just as it seemed England would keep their lead at half-time, Brazil equalised through Rivaldo. Ronaldinho played the ball to Rivaldo whose shot beat Seaman.
Brazil went into the lead on the 50th minute through a bizarre goal. Scholes conceded a freekick 40 yards out from England's
goal, with Ronaldinho taking the kick. The shot/cross sailed over the England wall and with Seaman off his line and
back peddling, the net was open and the ball went in. Disbelief from England that they had gone behind to such a goal.
Ronaldinho was dismissed just before an hour of play after raising his foot at Danny Mills in a tackle. The Brazilian
could not believe the decision and protested for a while before leaving the field. With Brazil down to 10 men, it did not seem impossible for England to get back into the game, but they panicked and played long balls which did not pay off. It was a disappointing end to England's World Cup run but the team wasn't disgraced and could return home knowing that most fans were pleased with their performance during the past two weeks.
Seaman #1, Mills #2, A Cole #3 (Sheringham 79 mins - #17), Ferdinand #5, Campbell #6, Beckham #8, Butt #21, Scholes #8, Sinclair #4 (Dyer 56 mins - #23), Heskey #11, Owen #10 (Vassell 79 mins - #20).
Subs Not Used: Bridge #14, Brown #12, J Cole #19, James #22, Keown #15, Martyn #13, Southgate #16, Fowler #9, Hargreaves #18. (Full Squad)
Marcos, Roque Junior, Lucio, Edmilson, Cafu, Gilberto, Ronaldinho, Kleberson, Carlos, Ronaldo (Edilson 70 mins), Rivaldo.
Subs Not Used: Belleti, Ceni, Denilson, Dida, Juninho Paulista, Junior, Kaka, Luizao, Polga, Ricardinho, Vampeta.
England Goal: Owen (23 mins)
Brazil Goals: Rivaldo (45 mins), Ronaldinho (58 mins)
Brazil Dismissal: Ronaldinho (58 mins)
England Cautions: Scholes, Ferdinand
Referee: F Ramos Rizo (Mexico)