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Brazil Bumps England From World Cup

Posted June. 21, 2002 23:30,   


World Cup favorite Brazil sent England packing and secured a place in the semifinals in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over England Friday in Shizuoka, Japan.

Brazil will face either Senegal or Turkey on June 26th in the semifinals.

England opened the scoring on a dreadful Brazilian error midway through the first half.

But Rivaldo scored an equalizer when the samba star sent a low, left-footed shot from 12 yards to the far corner in injury time.

Then Ronaldinho smashed a free kick into the far top corner of the goal in the 50th minute.

Meanwhile the Korean squad moved to Gwangju, the venue for its round-of-eight match against Spain. Guus Hiddink`s squad of 23 finalized their readiness for the battle in the same composed manner they have shown so far.

The Dutch head coach says, " The Spanish team is experienced and strong both mentally and physically. So we will do our best to win the game."

The Spanish team also arrived in Gwangju on the same day and had a training session at the city`s World Cup stadium before the Korean team.

Spanish striker Raul, who is suffering from his groin injury, participated in the training session, showing strong desire to play the game.