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Brazil Comes from Behind to Beat England, 2-1; Into Semifinals for Third Straight Cup


SHIZUOKA, Japan (Friday, June 21, 2002) - Brazil got goals just before and just after halftime to erase an early deficit and defeat England 2-1 and advance to the semifinals of the World Cup for the third straight time.

Michael Owen gave England the lead in the 23rd minute, pouncing on a ball from Emile Heskey, poorly-played by Lucio, and beating Brazilian goalkeeper Marcos.

Brazil would pull even in first half-stoppage time as Ronaldinho made a run through the English defense to leave a ball in the box for Rivaldo, who scored the tying goal, his fifth of the tournament. Rivaldo has scored one goal in each of Brazil's matches so far in the 2002 World Cup.

Ronaldinho continued to impress in the opening minutes of the second half and gave Brazil the lead in the 50th minute on a brilliant free kick from 28 yards that fooled English keeper David Seaman. However, the midfielder's match would just six minutes later after he was ejected for a dangerous tackle on England's Danny Mills.

England was unable to capitalize on its advantage over the last half-hour and Brazil's 2-1 advantage held up as the final result. Brazil advances to the semifinals for the third straight World Cup, following its fourth championship at USA '94 and its runner-up finish at France '98. Brazil will face the winner of tomorrow's quarterfinal between two of the tournament's surprises, Senegal and Turkey. The semifinal will take place on Wednesday, June 26, at 8:30 p.m. local in Saitama (7:30 a.m. ET, live on ESPN2 & Univision).

England's run to the quarterfinals is its best finish since finishing fourth at Italia '90. 

Scoring Summary:
ENG - Owen (Heskey), 23.
BRA - Rivaldo (Ronaldinho), 47+.
BRA - Ronaldinho, 50.

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