CHELSEA CONTINGENT SHARE SPOILS IN RIO

Posted on: Mon 03 Jun 2013

Five Chelsea players were on show as England and Brazil played out a 2-2 friendly draw in Rio de Janeiro.

Frank Lampard skippered Roy Hodgson's side for the game, which took place at the new-look Maracana Stadium, while there was also a start for Gary Cahill.

Ashley Cole started on the bench, but entered the action after 32 minutes as a replacement for the injured Leighton Baines.

Both David Luiz and Oscar started for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men, with the latter looking particularly threatening. Oscar came close to breaking the deadlock on the half-hour, forcing a smart stop from Joe Hart after evading Cahill on the edge of the penalty area and firing powerfully towards goal.

Moments later the home side were appealing for a penalty when Oscar, who had got beyond Cole, went down under the challenge of Lampard. The referee gave the decision England's way, and replays proved it was the correct call as the midfielder looked to have got the slightest of touches on the ball.

Oscar was replaced by Paris Saint Germain's Lucas Moura after 55 minutes, much to the frustration of the home supporters, who had clearly been impressed by his display, but Brazil took the lead two minutes later when Fred converted from close-range after Hernanes's shot had bounced back off the bar.

England equalised 10 minutes later, however, with a well-taken goal by substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who drove his effort into the bottom corner following good build-up play between Lampard and Wayne Rooney.

It was Rooney who gave England the lead 11 minutes from time, driving at the Brazilian defence and guiding his strike into the back of the net, albeit via the aid of a deflection off the retreating Fernando.

The lead lasted only three minutes, though, as Paulinho, who played against Chelsea for Corinthians in the FIFA Club World Cup, arrived in the box to volley home.

Yossi Benayoun, meanwhile, was part of the Israel side which beat Honduras 2-0 in New York.

Elsewhere, Lamisha Musonda played the full 90 minutes as Belgium Under-21s drew 1-1 with Nigeria at the Toulon Tournament. The Blues youngster also played the full game on Friday as Belgium were beaten 2-0 by Portugal.

They play their final group game on Thursday against Mexico, but after only picking up two points from their first three matches, have no chance of qualification.