Goal Analysis: Rivaldo – England 1-2 Brazil 21/6/2002

Goal Analysis: Rivaldo – England 1-2 Brazil 21/6/2002

The attention in this game tends to fall on Ronaldinho’s goal, however Brazil’s first is the more interesting and better shows off his talent.

The clock is ticking down to the half-time whistle as David Beckham famously pulls out of a tackle on the wing.

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Beckham pulls out of a tackle
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Roque Junior picks up the loose ball

Roque Junior picks up the loose ball and misplaces a pass into midfield. Paul Scholes is on hand but Kleberson jumps into a tackle just as he picks it up, nipping it into the path of Ronaldinho to run onto.

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England have players in the middle
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Scholes comes across to pick up Roque Junior’s loose pass and is immediately tackled by Kleberson
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Ronaldinho picks up the loose ball and has space to run into due to Scholes moving across

Nicky Butt does little to attempt to come across and cover, barely breaking out of a jog for the move, which forces Ashley Cole to confront Ronaldinho by himself. With Cole stepping up, Rivaldo makes a run from the centre out to the right, looking to split the centre-backs with Ronaldo on the left to open up space through the middle for Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho also makes space for himself. Cole was keeping pace with him, but the Brazilian does a stepover, faking to cut right, which Cole reacts to, causing him to lose his balance as he tries to recover, allowing Ronaldinho to continue through the middle.

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Ronaldinho has space to drive into but England have several players around him. Both Scholes and Butt barely break out of a jog though, while Trevor Sinclair is unable to get back, leaving him alone against Cole. Rivaldo makes a run to the right to split the centre-backs
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Ronaldinho does a stepover, sending Cole the wrong way
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This allows Ronaldinho to continue through the centre

Evading Cole forces England’s centre-backs to deal with Ronaldinho. Sol Campbell shifts his body shape inside while Rio Ferdinand moves across to tackle him.

This leaves Ronaldo free on the left and Rivaldo in space on the right. Ronaldinho slips the ball into Rivaldo, who finishes first time with his left foot.

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Campbell turns inside and Ferdinand moves across to tackle
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Rivaldo finishes

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